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People are lined up outside Galicia bank to buy dollars in Buenos Aire

In 2011, at the height of the euro crisis, Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner liked to boast that her government’s unorthodox economic model was (...)

Demonstrators protest in Rio de Janeiro during the national strike day last month against the economic policies of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Since June, Brazil has seen street protests to demand better public services and an end to political corruption. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP/Getty

When Brazil avoided the fallout from the financial crisis on 2008, it became a darling of foreign investors desperately seeking somewhere to put their(...)

Demonstrators are detained by riot police near the Rio de Janeiro government palace during the “National Day of Strikes, Stoppages and Protests”  on Thursday, July 11th. “It is hard to escape the impression that for all the sound and fury in Brasília, in the long-running stand-off between Brazil’s citizens and their politicians the politicians are holding their ground.” Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Although the protests that rocked Brazil last month have ended – for now at least – the country’s politicians are making every effort to show they hav(...)

The head of Bolivia’s public prosecution service said prosecutor Marcelo Soza will not return to the trial of two men arrested in the 2009 police raid in which Michael Dwyer (above) was killed. Photograph: PA Wire

The public prosecutor who for four years led the investigation into the events surrounding the killing of Irishman Michael Dwyer in Bolivia has(...)

Paraguayan presidential candidate Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party laughs off the suggestion that he is a “narco”. Photograph: Reuters

Five years ago today Paraguay was a country striding towards a better future. On April 20th, 2008, voters elected former Catholic bishop (...)

The government claims the men were involved in a plot to assassinate Bolivian president Evo Morales and foment secessionist violence in the antigovernment stronghold of Santa Cruz. Photograph: Reuters

The troubled trial of two men arrested in Bolivia during the raid in which Irishman Michael Dwyer was killed, and of 37 others, was plunged int(...)

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks to Pope Francis after his inauguration at the Vatican. She once likened his attitude to that of the Inquisition. Photograph: Reuters

TOM HENNIGAN In São Paulo In the context of Argentina ’s no-holds-barred domestic politics, the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio t(...)

N ot since Fidel Castro was in his 1960s revolutionary pomp has a Latin America n leader captured the world’s a(...)

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but Rome’s old monopoly over the region has been broken. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio got to know the challenges his church confronts in Latin America, home to the world’s g(...)

Then  Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio giving a Mass outside the San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires, in 2009.   Photograph:Natacha Pisarenko

For a Catholic leadership reeling from paedophile and financial scandals, the elevation of Buenos Aires cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy (...)

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