Leaders of the Shipibo people from the Peruvian Amazon in Lima, where the UN climate change conference is taking place, to highlight the rights of indigenous people. Since 2002, at least 57 environmental activists have been killed in Peru. Photograph:  Mariana Bazo/Reuters

As ministers from four Latin American countries announced a high-profile initiative to restore and “re-forest” millions of hectares of degraded land i(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa (centre), flanked by Argentina’s foreign minister Hector Timerman (right) and Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino, attend yesterday’s presidential meeting in Cochabamba. Photograph: Danilo Balderrama/Reuters

President Evo Morales warned he could close the US embassy in Bolivia as South America’s left-wing leaders rallied round after his plane was rerouted (...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales (centre) holds a statue of indigenous hero Tupac Katari after his arrival at the El Alto airport in the outskirts of La Paz, last night. Latin American leaders condemned  European governments for diverting Mr Morales’ plane on rumours it was carrying a wanted former US spy agency contractor, and announced an emergency summit in a new diplomatic twist to the Edward Snowden saga. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivian president Evo Morales arrived home to a hero’s welcome late last night. Mr Morales condemned as a provocation aimed at all of South America t(...)

Vladimir Putin said Edward Snowden must quit hurting US interests if he wants to remain in Russia, after the American sought asylum. Photograph:  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin.

Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secrecy group Wiklileaks. Photograph: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian.

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secr(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa  said the fate of Edward Snowden is in the hands of the authorities in Russia, where he is holed up in hope of obtaining asylum in the South American nation. Photograph: Guillermo Granja/Reuters

Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa said today the fate of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is in the hands of the authorities in Russi(...)

Military police stand guard at the entrance of a military court during the court-martial of US Army Private Bradley Manning  at Fort Meade in Maryland. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The American soldier accused of providing more than 700,000 secret documents to the WikiLeaks website went on trial today charged with the biggest lea(...)