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Yonhy Lescano Ancieta, presidential candidate of the Popular Action party,  during a final campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s   election. Photograph: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg

Given Peru’s recent past it would be understandable if few people were willing to put their names forward for Sunday’s presidential election. The pre(...)

Demonstrators and riot police clash in Quito on Monday following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices following the authorities’ decision to scrap subsidies. Photograph: Rodrigo Bundia/AFP via Getty Images

Ecuador’s government has decamped from the capital in Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil after five days of violent protests over fuel price rises(...)

A demonstrator holds a sign showing Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and former president Anastasio Somoza during a protest against police violence and Ortega’s  government in Managua on Monday. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

“Wanted, for destroying the country,” read a protester’s placard emblazoned with the faces of President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, th(...)

A security officer of the supreme court shows an image of a type of grenade that President Nicolas Maduro’s government say rogue policemen used to attack the court and interior ministry. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

Venezuela is reversing the usual order. History there is playing out first as farce, then as tragedy.  The barely credible latest from the crisi(...)

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(...)

Supporters of Guillermo Lasso protest against the early results of Ecuador’s presidential election outside the National Electoral Council in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Ecuador’s socialist president Rafael Correa’s hand-picked candidate for Ecuador’s presidential election was leading the opening round of the poll, alt(...)

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 (...)

In a February 5th, 2016, photograph, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been living for more than three years. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

How did WikiLeaks go from darling of the liberal left and scourge of American imperialism to apparent tool of Donald Trump’s divisive, incendiary pres(...)

Policemen and soldiers survey earthquake damage in  the Tarqui area of Manta, Ecuador on April 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, according to the country’s emergency management (...)

Rescue team members carry the body of a victim at a collapsed building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Pedernales, Ecuador. The death toll from the quake stood at 443 but was expected to rise.  Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope of finding more survivors on Tuesday from an earthquake which killed more than 400 people and dealt a shattering (...)

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