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

Venezuela is facing international pariah status after most South American governments said that Sunday’s controversial election of a new constitutiona(...)

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

Police and protesters clashed in Venezuela on Sunday as voting took place for a controversial new constitutional assembly which critics fear will form(...)

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

Work on a dedicated immigration detention centre at Dublin Airport is due to begin in September, with completion due by July 2018, the Department of J(...)

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

Five people were reported dead in protests in Venezuela to mark a general strike called by the opposition to protest government plans to rewrite the S(...)

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

The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva responded defiantly to his conviction on corruption charges by formally launching his candida(...)

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

Police in Rio de Janeiro have denied Pat Hickey’s claim that they were paid by local media to allow the filming of his arrest during the Olympic Games(...)

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

Amid increasing signs of chaos in Venezuela, South American governments have offered their help in finding “an exit from the grave political, social a(...)

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

The political noose around Brazilian president Michel Temer tightened on Monday with the arrest by federal police of one of his former ministers and c(...)

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

Amid rising political tensions the corruption charge against Brazilian president Michel Temer reached the lower chamber of congress on Thursday, forma(...)

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

In an extraordinary televised statement, Brazil’s president Michel Temer has declared war on his own federal prosecution service after it formally cha(...)