Brazil’s foreign minister Antonio Patriota (left), who resigned afte helping a Bolivian senator who had been accused of corruption, toasts US secretary of state John Kerry before a lunch  in Brasilia this month. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/Reuters

A controversial asylum seeker, a Latin American embassy and a daring escape. The ingredients of the diplomatic drama that has just forced the resignat(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff first proposed turning to Cuba for help with the chronic shortages in the public health system in May. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil is to go ahead with a controversial plan to import 4,000 Cuban doctors to work in poor, remote regions of the country where the public health (...)