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People cross from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela after buying goods to resell, through an improvised bridge on  an illegal trail on the border between the two countries.  Photograph: Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images

Among the various diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, there is one very notable absence – that of an autonomous regional effort to (...)

Venezuelan migrants climb on a truck on the road from Cúcuta to Pamplona in  Colombia as humanitarian aid is blocked from entering the country. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP

In dismissing the need for the international aid operation being organised by his political opponents, President Nicolás Maduro defiantly said Venezue(...)

A young mother breastfeeding her infant daughter. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this sprin(...)

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Wildlife Where Harry took Meghan? Well, not exactly, but those who caught the engagement interview might remember Harry’s favourite place in the world(...)

Flight plan: the geodesic arcs – one northerly, one southerly – show the shortest routes between Singapore and Quito. They are shorter than the line of the equator between the two points as Earth is not a perfect sphere

Geodesy is the study of Earth’s shape and size, and of variations in its gravitational field. Earth was originally believed to be flat, but many clues(...)

Pablo Beltran, representative of the ELN delegation, addressing the media in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Daniel Tapia/Reuters

Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels resumed attacks on oil installations and the armed forces on Wednesday, threatening the future of peace talks just hours(...)

The Galápagos Islands is one of the most renowned wildlife-watching destinations in the world. Photograph: Getty

Playing an underwater game of Simon Says with a sea lion is one of those improbable encounters you come to expect when you visit the Galápagos. She ap(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa with  president-elect Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez in Quito. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno on Monday celebrated victory in Ecuador’s presidential election, bucking a shift to the right in South America, but h(...)

  Chief negotiator of the National Liberation Army (ELN) Pablo Beltran and chief negotiator of the Colombian team Juan Camilo Restrepo shake hands  in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Colombia’s Marxist ELN rebels began official peace talks with the government on Tuesday in a bid to end their part in a five-decade conflict that has (...)

Colombia’s negotiator chief Juan Camilo Restrepo (left) shakes hands with ELN’s Pablo Berltan: the group has kidnapped hundreds of people over its 52 years to raise war funds. Photograph: Rolando Enriquez/EPA

Colombia’s second-biggest rebel group, the ELN, freed a politician it held captive for almost 10 months on Thursday, meeting a government requirement (...)

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