Vice president of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and president Alberto Fernandez walk behind president of the hamber of deputies Sergio Massa and head of the cabinet of ministers Santiago Cafiero during a press conference  on August 31st in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Juan Mabromata - Pool/Getty Images

Argentina has defused fears of a messy default after it gained backing from creditors, allowing it to exchange 99 per cent of the bonds involved in a (...)

Commuters queue to cross Mexican border towards the US at the Otay commercial crossing port in Tijuana. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty

As he campaigned for the presidency, Donald Trump promised to build a “big beautiful wall” along the US-Mexico border, claiming it would keep migrants(...)

Harvard University: Many American universities have already announced plans to move online for the 2020-2021 academic year, including Harvard  in Massachusetts.  Photograph: Cassandra Klos/The New York Times

The Trump administration has continued its clampdown on immigration, ordering international students whose classes have switched online because of cor(...)

Pedestrians in the Pinheiros neighbourhood of São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/The New York Times

By late March, the Mexican government calmly predicted that its coronavirus outbreak would peak in April. A few weeks later, it changed its prediction(...)

Commuters sit inside a bus with seats spaced to observe social distancing in Manila, Philippines. Photograph: Ezra Acayan/Getty

Two months ago, when there were roughly 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and the primal politics of survival was sweeping the world, shutting dow(...)

A cemetery worker digs graves in a section exclusively for Covid-19 victims at the Sao Luiz cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

Coronavirus has infected more than 6.6 million people across the world and killed more than 391,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins Univer(...)

Supporters of far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro taking part in a protest  in Brasilia on May 3rd. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

For thousands of Venezuelans who sought refuge in the northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista, life was already tough. Fleeing economic collapse at home,(...)

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador  inaugurated a daily press 7am conference soon after taking power in 2018. Photograph: EPA

In the course of a 2½-half-hour press briefing, the president claimed the country had “flattened” its coronavirus curve, despite official figures show(...)

Students and parents of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa demand justice in Mexico City after their  forced disappearances. Photograph: Cristian Leyva

Bloody handprints on walls, stained clothes, plastic cable ties, machetes and, as one person observes, the crunch of bones beneath a thick blanket of (...)

Parents hold photographs of their children, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa college in Guerrero who were kidnapped and disappeared in September 2014, during a march in Mexico City in October 2019. Photograph: Eoin Wilson

More than five years after 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teacher training college in Guerrero were kidnapped by Mexican police and subsequentl(...)

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