President Robert Silva greets a student during a break at the “Japon” public school number 72 during the first day of the final phase of the gradual process to reopen schools, in Montevideo on Sunday. Photograph:  Ernesto Ryan/Getty Images

After attending a high society wedding earlier this year with more than 500 members of Uruguay’s elite, a well-known interior designer – just returned(...)

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(...)

Uruguay’s center-right National Party  presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou reacts as he greets supporters outside the party’s headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay on Sunday. Photograph: Raul Martinez/EPA

After a nail-biting count that was too close to call, Uruguayans will have to wait until the end of the week for the winner of Sunday’s presidential e(...)

Conservative National Party challenger Luis Lacalle Pou says if he wins on Sunday he will reduce the role of the state in the economy and boost its competitiveness.  Photograph: Raul Martinez/EPA

South America’s volatile political map looks set to be revised again on Sunday as voters in Uruguay are poised to eject from office the left-wing alli(...)

Peronist opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez and former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner:  Mr Fernandez leads opinion polls by up to 20 points. Photograph: Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

In 2017 there was so much market enthusiasm for Argentina’s prospects under President Mauricio Macri that eager investors called on his administration(...)

A young fan of presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabaré Vázquez, at a  campaign rally for the movement in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Uruguay is set to hand the ruling left-wing Broad Front movement a third consecutive term in office as a reward for overseeing a decade of huge econom(...)

Dilma Rousseff celebrates victory with her mentor Lula da Silva, who campaigned tirelessly for her election. Photograph: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

After her narrow victory in Sunday’s election, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has targeted political reform as a top priority during her second t(...)