Falling over in the box...  a bar in Rio de Janeiro says it will serve a free round of beer during Brazil’s match against Serbia every time Neymar executes what is increasingly his on-field signature – the elaborate tumble at the merest hint of contact. Photograph: Lee Smith/Var Reuters

National hero and national embarrassment rolled into one. Star player is at a crossroads

Brazilian sports minister Leandro Cruz da Silva condemned the fans  involved in the videos:  ‘They are people who are doing a disservice to Brazil.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Brazilian fans sexually insulted Russian women in videos at World Cup

Newly elected Colombian president Ivan Duque celebrates with supporters in Bogota. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Populist Ivan Duque sweeps aside leftist challenger in election run-off

Ivan Duque, the Democratic Center Party candidate for the presidency of Colombia. Mr Duque will compete with Colombia Humana party candidate Gustavo Petro in the second round of elections on Sunday. Photograph: Jhon Jairo Bonilla/EPA

Right-wing senator Ivan Duque, who promises to revisit Farc peace deal, leading in polls

Brazil striker  Neymar  celebrates scoring the winning penalty in the shootout against Germany at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Coach Tite key to ensuring side don't crumble if their superstar becomes unavailable

Argentina’s national soccer team captain Daniel Passarella holds the World Cup trophy on June 25th, 1978, in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Staff/AFP/Getty Images

Four decades ago, military junta welcomed tournament in time of torture and murder

Graffiti related to the Brazilian national football team, striker Neymar and the 2018 World Cup, in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Fabio Teixeira/AFP/Getty Images

Bad public administration blamed for 2014 infrastructure improvements still unfinished

Venezuelan president: Nicolás Maduro holds his country’s political constitution after his re-election was announced in Caracas. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty

US threatens oil sanctions after Pompeo dismisses ‘sham election’

 Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate and evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci speaks to supporters, during his campaign closing rally in Valencia, Venezuela. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Government accused of cutting access to subsidised food to those who do not vote for president

Marcello Siciliano  has been accused by an unidentified witness of involvement in activist Marielle Franco’s murder, an allegation he denies. Photograph:  Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty

Marielle Franco was shot four times in the head in crime that shocked Brazil

Farc supporters demonstrate against the arrest of Farc former peace negotiator Jesús Santrich, outside the General Prosecutor’s Office in Medellin, Colombia,  earlier this month. File photograph: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images

Colombian peace process suffers jolt after Marlon Marín held on trafficking charges

People gather in Lapa neighbourhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during a demonstration marking one month since the murder of activist Marielle Franco. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Outspoken activist shot dead in assassination-style killing with four bullets to the head

Michael Dwyer was shot dead in Bolivia in 2009. Photograph: PA Wire

Decision by human rights commission to examine killing of Michael Dwyer seen as breakthrough

Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva being lifted by supporters after attending a Catholic Mass in memory of his late wife, Marisa Leticia, in Sao Paulo on  Saturday. Photograph:  Paulo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Arrest marks a dramatic fall for Brazil’s most popular leader in over half a century

Michael Dwyer was shot dead in Bolivia in 2009. Photograph: PA Wire

Human rights body signals the country has a case to answer over killing of the Irish man

Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva hold signs during the supreme court’s sentence ruling in São Bernardo do Campo. Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

‘Desire to bury corruption’ won out in supreme court decision, prosecutor says

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters during a rally in Francisco Beltrao, Parana state, Brazil, on Monday. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

Former Brazilian president says violence reminds him of the emergence of Nazism

Peru’s vice-president Martin Vizcarra: was due to assume office with little popular or political support. Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters

Martín Vizcarra’s position at risk as predecessor Kuczynski threatens to resume office

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the murder of Marielle Franco in  Rio de Janeiro last week. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

São Paulo Letter: The murder of a city councillor in the centre of Rio raises questions about politics and policing

Ivan Duque of the Centro Democratico party is a front-runner in May’s presidential election. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Julio Martinez

Former guerilla group faced its first electoral test since signing peace deal in 2016

Followers of the political party Farc during the closing of their election campaign, in Fusagasugá, Colombia. Photograph: Felipe Caicedo/Reuters

The former guerrilla movement must win over a hostile electorate in legislative vote

 Former solicitor Michael Lynn arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice after returning to  Ireland from Brazil. He faces 21 charges of alleged theft linked to the collapse of his property business. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Co Mayo native, who has been in Brazil for years, faces 21 charges of alleged theft

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attends a campaign rally to launch his presidential candidacy for the upcoming October elections, in São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s left is struggling to come up with an election back-up plan amid ex-leader’s woes

Quichua indigenous people work in a field planted with quinoa in Colta, Chimborazo province in the central Ecuadorian Andes highlands, on January 25, 2017. / AFP / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Many are left with the impression that eating quinoa in the wealthy North was robbing food off the table in parts of the Global So(...)

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: his Workers Party has vowed to launch his candidacy regardless of Wednesday’s decision.  Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Court decision a major blow to Lula’s efforts to contest presidential elections in October

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: Biggest vote getter for the Workers Party.   Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

Court ruling against former president may sideline candidate for October election

Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, whose pensions reform plan, already heavily watered down since it was unveiled a year ago, was last week all but abandoned. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

São Paulo Letter: Latest attempt at reform flags despite unsustainability of system

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, whose administration denied it offered a pardon for jailed former dictator Alberto Fujimori in exchange for votes to save his mandate. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

The president, accused of involvement in bribery scheme, saved by 21 abstentions

Chilean president-elect Sebastián Piñera greets president Michelle Bachelet upon her arrival at his residence in Santiago. Photograph: Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images

Leader’s re-election four years after leaving office another marker in region’s political shift

 Former president of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner:  elected to the senate in October, which gives her parliamentary immunity from prosecution. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Net closes around Cristina Kirchner, accused of cover-up in 1994 bombing of Jewish centre


Presidents, politics and big business have become embroiled in a scandal that has cost the country over €33bn so far

Corruption charges: Brazil’s former presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff are both accused of bribery. Photograph: Igo Estrela/Getty

Prosecutors claim Workers’ Party colleagues involved in €400m bribery scheme

The Rio police and the state prosecutor say they were never contacted by anyone from the Moran Inquiry.

Email from Mr Justice Carroll Moran to legal representative ended up in spam folder

Kevin Mallon after his release from Bangu 10 jail in Rio de Janeiro.

Last summer’s controversy at Games in Rio put OCI, THG and Pro 10 in spotlight

An anti-government activist protests against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition-controlled national assembly meets in attempts to thwart President Maduro

Anti-government activists and the National Guard clash in Valencia city,  Venezuela. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s political crisis intensifies following reports of gun battles in Valencia

Government supporters participate in a rally in favour of president Nicolás Maduro’s National Constituent Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Nathalie Sayago/EPA

Opposition says new constitutional body seals the country’s slide into dictatorship

Brazilian president Michel Temer: In the run-up to the vote Mr Temer showered deputies with funds for their pet projects and state roles for their allies in an effort to shore up his support.  Photograph:  Eraldo Peres/AP

Michel Temer saved from possible supreme court trial that would have ended term

Brazilian president Michel Temer is to be tried by the supreme court on corruption charges. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer confident he has the votes to defeat the effort to suspend him from office

 Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 8th. He was detained by security forces on Tuesday, after being previously jailed for inciting anti-government protests. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Politicians serving house arrest taken from their homes following controversial election

Police clashed with demonstrators who blocked roads and rallied against Sunday’s ballot. Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

US imposes sanctions on president Nicolás Maduro following controversial poll

Venezuela’s president  Nicolás Maduro: told state television the assembly marks “a new era of combat”. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

New constitutional assembly deemed by critics to mark end of Venezuelan democracy

Passport control at Dublin Airport. There is currently no dedicated facility in Ireland for holding people the authorities decide should be deported. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brazil’s foreign ministry raises ‘discontent’ with Irish diplomats over border procedures

A demonstrator sits in front of a line of Bolivarian National Guard officers in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Nathalie Sayago/EPA

Government plans to rewrite constitution cause serious unrest and talk of sanctions

Corruption conviction: Gleisi Hoffmann of the Workers’ Party with Lula on Thursday. “Any election without the participation of President Lula is a fraud,” she warned. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty

Brazil’s former president, facing 10 years in prison, says witnesses lied to avoid jail

Police in Rio de Janeiro have denied Pat Hickey’s claim they were paid by local media to allow the filming of his arrest during the Olympic Games in the city last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ex-OCI boss claims Brazilian media paid officers to allow filming of his detention

Venezuelan security forces break up opposition protests heading to the supreme court. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Fears that country headed for collapse as political tensions escalate and violence flares

Geddel Vieira Lima,   the second member of Brazilian president Michel Temer’s four-man kitchen cabinet to be arrested in an ongoing corruption investigation. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Former minister Geddel Vieira Lima detained as part of ongoing corruption investigation

Brazilian president Michel Temer:  facing corruption charges and could  be removed from office for 180 days while the supreme court decides his fate. Photograph: Joédson Alves/EPA

Vote in congress could see controversial Michel Termer removed from office

Brazilian president Michel Temer described the corruption charge made against him as “a fiction” and accused prosecutors of wanting to bring the country and congress to a halt. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer accuses authorities of seeking ‘revenge, destruction and vengeance’

Brazilian president Michel Temer. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Further charges including obstruction of justice expected to follow this week

Former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrives to a rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

As head of new party, Kirchner will contest a senate seat in midterm elections

Police handout image of Michael Lynn in Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil Police handout image of Michael Lynn in Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

Fugitive former solicitor says his children’s births should allow him to remain in Brazil

President of Brazil Michel Temer has vehemently denied the accusation of spying. Photograph:  Igo Estrela/Getty Images)

Michel Temer survives vote on mandate and maintains he is victim of conspiracy

Brazilian President Michel Temer. Photograph: Evaristo Saevaristo Sa/AFP/Getty

Michel Temer rides out corruption storm as lack of replacement plays in his favour

Brazilian president Michel Temer: According to the “O Globo” newspaper, the president said: “You have to keep this up, okay?” during a conversation with a businessman about payments to a jailed colleague. He said he was the victim of a conspiracy. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

Leader fights for political life over link to payments bound for jailed colleague

Brazilian president Michel Temer at  a steak house after a meeting with ambassadors of meat importing countries  in Brasília, Brazil on March 19th, 2017.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brussels seeks ‘urgent clarification’ as officials claim Brazil’s meat products are safe

Brazil’s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot: his request to open 83 formal inquiries is based on plea-bargain testimony from executives of Odebrecht, Brazil’s biggest construction conglomerate. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Leaks show that Lula, Rousseff and five cabinet ministers among those facing investigation

Thousands march against corruption through the streets of downtown Lima on February 16th. An Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for ex-president Alejandro Toledo, who now lives in the US, after Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht said he sought and received a $20 million bribe. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle /AFP/Getty Images

Political leaders across South America now being dragged into corruption inquiry net

Brazil’s president Michel Temer, who has lost a minister month, most in controversial circumstances, since he was sworn in in May last year. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer’s cabinet chief steps aside on ‘health grounds’ after illicit fundraising claim

Soldiers patrol the streets of Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil on Thursday: residents locked themselves in their homes as violence swept through the city after police went on strike. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Worst recession in decades means state cannot meet demands for pay increases

 Eike Batista is facing charges he paid a $16.5 million (€15.43 million) bribe to former Rio governor Sérgio Cabral. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Batista, who is in Bangu prison, is accused of being involved in a corruption scandal

Eike Batista, who has reportedly left his native Brazil, where he faces corruption charges. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Eike Batista, once world’s seventh richest person, wanted on corruption charges

Teori  Zavascki: In May  his son wrote: “If something happens to someone from my family, you already know where to look.” Photograph: Fernando Bizerra jnr/EPA

Teori Zavascki, supreme court justice investigating Petrobras affair, dies in plane crash

The graves at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Cemetery of the inmates killed in the recent riots in prisons in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. Photograph: Raphael Alves/AFP/Getty Images

Letters from dead inmates accuse man of accepting money from gang behind murders

Prisoners are transferred to a public jail following a riot at Anisio Jobim prison in Manaus, Brazil, on New Year’s Day, in which 56 prisoners were killed. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Last week’s massacres were shocking, but barbarism is routine inside Brazil’s prisons

Former presidents Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil at the Portugal House in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

World in 2016 review: Corruption scandals in Brazil and chaos in Venezuela

 Pat Hickey  outside his home in Castleknock on Monday after his return from four months in Brazil. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Inevitable’ that OCI head would be released and allowed home to Ireland before trial

Brazil’s president Michel Temer and first lady Marcela Temer at a Christmas celebration in Brasilia on Friday.  Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer sinking under weight of Petrobras graft scandal and rage over austerity

Renan Calheiros,  president of Brazil’s senate,  is accused of misusing public funds to pay child support for a daughter he had during an affair with a journalist. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Renan Calheiros accused of misusing public funds to support daughter he had from affair

Colombia’s House of Representatives in session on Wednesday before it voted to back a new peace deal with Farc. Photograph: Leonardo Muñoz/EPA

Government criticised over refusal to put revised agreement to second referendum

 Relatives of players and managers of Chapecoense attend a vigil at the Arena Conda in Chapeco  after 71 people were killed when the plane carrying them  crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin. Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Miguel Quiroga had requested landing priority shortly before fatal crash near Medellín

Brazil’s Chapecoense players pose during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal on November 23rd. Photograph: Nelson Daniel/Getty Images

Chapecoense staff and players among about 70 fatalities in crash near Medellín, Colombia

Students at Havana University lay a wreath in tribute to Cuba’s late president Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba. Photograph:  Reuters

In Castro’s Cuba there was never a debate about balancing individual and social rights

Fidel Castro might have eliminated illiteracy, but he closely controlled what books his citizens had access to. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

The late leader brought great social advances to Cuba, but with these came repression

People place candles beside a picture of Fidel Castro, as part of a tribute,  in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following the announcement of the Cuban leader’s death. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

Analysis: Cuban leader seen as embodiment of resistance to dictators – and US power

Brazil’s president Michel Temer (right) with Geddel Vieira Lima, who has resigned as government chief secretary. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

President Michel Temer may face inquiry over influence peddling

Brazil’s former president Dilma Rousseff delivering her farewell address in Brasília on August 31st. Her impeachment, however, has resolved none of the ethical challenges the country faces from its political class. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Analysis: President seems to think it normal for minister to lobby another on personal interests

A man carries water collected from a hose up to an apartment in the Mangueira favela  in Rio de Janeiro, about a kilometre away from Maracana stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Creator of favela ‘pacification’ programme quits as funding for security evaporates

Marcelo Odebrecht: The boss of Brazil’s biggest construction conglomerate is reportedly plea bargaining with prosecutors.  Photograph: Heuler Andrey/AFP/Getty Images

From the president on down, Brasília’s political elite dangle as federal judges circle

Socialist Party leader Jorge Rodríguez (in red shirt) tries to dissuade supporters of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro from entering the national assembly on Sunday. Photograph: Cristian Hernández/EPA

Sitting of assembly disrupted by supporters of Chavista president Nicolás Maduro

Revolutionary lives: the execution of Maria Camila O’Gorman, who was 20, and eight months pregnant, when, in Argentina in August 1848, she was executed with her lover, Fr Ladislao Gutiérrez

From Bernardo O’Higgins and William Brown to Richard Wall and Maria Camila O’Gorman, Tim Fanning expertly stitches rich biographie(...)

Voting during municipal elections in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on Sunday. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Support for party led by Lula collapses as it loses 60% of votes after 13 years in power

Hundreds of workers take part in a demonstration called by several trade unions on Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 22nd, 2016. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-Workers’ Party climate in Brazil puts João Doria in the driving seat ahead of vote

 Colombian soldiers patrol a street in Cartagena prior to the signing ceremony on Monday of a peace deal between the Colombian government and Farc. Photograph: Ricardo Maldonado Rozo/EPA

Referendum to be held on accord to stop conflict that has cost about 250,000 lives

Brazil’s then president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the launch of a Petrobras platform  on the Brazilian coast on the Atlantic in October, 2010. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Corruption charges may jeopardise plan by former president of Brazil to seek office again

Brazil’s supreme court has paved the way for the extradition of fugitive former solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland after it rejected the latest efforts by his defence to delay the move. File photograph:  Garrett White / Collins.

Latest effort by fugitive ex-solicitor, who fled Ireland with €80m debts, to delay return is rejected

Former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha: faces imminent arrest as part of the probe into corruption at Petrobras. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

Eduardo Cunha expelled from congress after being caught lying about overseas accounts

Lawyer for Dermot Henihan, Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin confirms passport return

Pat Hickey:  heartened and humbled by the “outpouring of support, letters, texts and emails from the thousands of people in Ireland”. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/Getty Images

Olympic figure vows to fight ticket charges and says he is not under house arrest

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/AFP/Getty Images

Braxilian prosecutor charges 10 people in relation to ticket touting affair

As Brazilian police wound up investigation of the OCI tickets case, further details emerged of text messages between Pat Hickey and the president of the IOC Thomas Bach in the run-up to the Rio Games. Photograph: Larry French/Getty Images

Court must accept charges against Patrick Hickey and Kevin Mallon or throw them out

Police in Rio de Janeiro have named Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) sports director Martin Burke as a new suspect in the investigation into the ticketing scandal at the Rio Games last month.  File photograph: OCI/Twitter

Prosecutor says Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon could receive terms of 8-10 years if convicted

 Kevin  Mallon arrives at a Brazilian police station to give a statement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  September 5th,  regarding Olympic Games tickets. Photograph: Marcelo Sayão/EPA

Hickey and Mallon formally charged; both remain silent when questioned by police

 Kevin  Mallon arrives at a Brazilian police station  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on  September 5th, 2016. Photograph: Marcelo Sayão/EPA

Police due to interview OCI head Pat Hickey on Tuesday over alleged involvement in affair

Brazil’s Rafinha celebrates beating Germany in Rio: Pat Hickey had wanted tickets for that final. File photograph: Getty Images

Text unfavourably compared OCI ticket allocation for Rio with what it received in 2012

Impeached president Dilma Rousseff delivers her farewell address in Brasília on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Whatever reform is promised, Brazilians remain hostages of their own political class

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey arrives at a residential building after leaving the Bangu Jails Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Administrative delay meant Olympic Council of Ireland figure spent extra night in Bangu jail

Former Olympic Committee of Ireland (OCI) president  Pat Hickey arrives at a residential building after leaving the Bangu Jails Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 30th, 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Ex-OCI chief driven out without speaking to media waiting at Bangu 10 prison entrance

Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ruling follows decision on Saturday to grant habeas corpus to Irishman Kevin Mallon

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