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

While this year saw one populist tide sweep in on the democracies of Europe and North America, another was in retreat in South America. In contrast (...)

Rescuers in the mountains of Cerro Gordo in Colombia on November 29th searching the wreckage of the LaMia airlines aircraft. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP via Getty

Errors by the pilot, airline and Bolivian regulators are to blame for a plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 people last month, including most of Br(...)

Gustavo Vargas Villegas  is arrested by police officers following last month’s crash of charter airline LaMia into the Colombian jungle/ Photograph: Reuters

Bolivian authorities have jailed the second suspect accused of wrongdoing in the air crash that wiped out Brazil’s Chapacoense soccer team last month(...)

Funeral employees prepare to cover a casket with in a  sheet with a Chapecoense  logo that contains the remains of a team member at a funeral home in  Colombia on December 2nd. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/AP

The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week has been detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning as authorities l(...)

A coffin carrying  the remains of the victim’s of Monday’s plane crash in Colombia arrives back in   Chapeco, Brazil on  Saturday. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

Brazil’s president on Saturday bestowed honours on the victims of an air crash as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colomb(...)

People light candles outside the Atanasio Girardot Stadium after an event commemorating the victims of a plane crash in Medellin. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

The pilot of the doomed chartered plane carrying a Brazilian football team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and pleaded desperately(...)

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

Brazil was left in mourning after a plane carrying a football team heading to play in its first ever international final crashed late on Monday night (...)

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

When Fidel Castro and his fellow guerrillas seized power in Cuba in 1959, it marked the start of the most radical effort yet undertaken in Latin Ameri(...)

Bolivian Victor Flores and Briton Joanna Orr: The couple are living in Ireland, using the “Surinder Singh” route, whereby they live in an EU country for a time before applying for a “family  permit” to enter the UK.

Five years ago, Joanna Orr sat in an internet cafe in Bolivia and wondered how she was going to bring her new husband, Bolivian man Victor Flores, bac(...)

Supporters listen to Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Wednesday. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Donald Trump is hardly prone to public displays of self-doubt, but with opinion polls showing him closing in on Hillary Clinton with just days to go b(...)

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