An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika virus, photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a blood transfusion. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A pregnant woman is among the seven people identified as being infected with the Zika virus in Spain after visiting affected countries. The country’s(...)

 President Nicolás Maduro: The opposition  fears he  will  bypass the assembly’s decision by having the decree powers confirmed by the country’s top court. Photograph: EPA

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly has rejected a decree granting emergency economic powers to president Nicolás Maduro, deepening th(...)

Newly-elected opposition deputy Juan Requesens   argues with Chavista deputies during the new parliament’s swearing-in ceremony in Caracas:  a Chavista-dominated court ordered the temporary suspension of the mandates of four new deputies, three from the opposition, after their victories were questioned by the ruling socialists.  Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s main opposition alliance took control of the country’s national assembly yesterday amid a deepening power struggle between it and the cou(...)

Tony Smurfit of Smurfit Kappa Group

Packaging group Smurfit Kappa has announced the acquisition of two Brazilian companies for €186 million. The company has acquired integrated paper-ba(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff (right) and vice-president Michel Temer listen to Brazil’s national anthem: but all is not harmonious between them. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

During her first term, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff had a discreet number two in Michel Temer. Behind closed doors her 75-year old vice-presid(...)

Argentina’s president-elect Mauricio Macri: wants a free trade deal between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance trade bloc of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. Photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Mauricio Macri’s swearing-in as Argentina’s first democratically elected right-wing president takes place on Thursday amid an unedifying spat with the(...)

Newly-elected Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s ruling socialist party has been crushed in mid-term elections held on Sunday as the country’s self-styled Bolivarian revolution suffered i(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: said she was “indignant” at the move and said her administration had never practised “illicit acts”. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff must face impeachment proceedings in revenge for her party’s decision to back efforts to remove the head of the lowe(...)

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro greets supporters after a meeting in the Petare district of Caracas. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Venezuela’s president has hinted that he will not accept the result of crucial mid-term elections being held on Sunday should his Chavista movement l(...)

Clouds of tear gas fill the air as demonstrators clash with French riot police at the Place de la Republique, Paris, on Sunday, November 29th. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

About 100 people have been detained after a major protest in Paris seeking a global climate deal turned violent, Paris’s police chief said. (...)