October 5, 2012 Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday to decide whether President Hugo Chavez remains in power. Polls indicate it's his most serious electoral challenge since taking office nearly 14 years ago. But Venezuela closed its Miami consulate, so Florida voters have to go to New Orleans.
October 2, 2012 The tiny South American nation is going where few nations have gone before: It has proposed a law that would put the state in charge of producing and selling marijuana. Officials say that if pot were legal, they could spend more time cracking down on hard drugs.
October 1, 2012 Argentina recently passed a law that recognizes the right of transgender citizens to change the name and sex written on their ID cards and other documents, with no medical or legal procedures. Other countries have similar measures, but Argentina's law sets a new standard for making the process easy.
October 1, 2012 In October 1937, dictator Rafael Trujillo's soldiers identified Haitians by asking them to say perejil (Spanish for parsley). If someone did not trill the "r," he was likely to be killed. As many as 20,000 Haitians died.
September 30, 2012 President Hugo Chavez is running for re-election next Sunday. With some polls predicting a tight race, the youth vote in Venezuela is shaping up to be crucial. That has both the populist president and his challenger working hard to appeal to younger voters who are worried about high crime and jobs.
September 28, 2012 Talk of a Tomato War is simmering, after the U.S. Commerce Department recommended ending an agreement on how fresh tomatoes grown in Mexico are sold in the United States. The issue could create an expanding trade conflict; Mexican officials have promised to retaliate.
September 26, 2012 Colombia's government has announced peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a Marxist insurgency that has been fighting a brutal conflict for nearly five decades. But memories of previous, unsuccessful attempts at peace are still fresh for civilians in the rebels' mountainous heartland.
September 25, 2012 Centuries of silver mining have left Cerro Rico mountain in the southern highlands of Bolivia on the verge of collapse. The Spanish forced Quechua Indian slaves into the mines to bankroll their empire. Today, the Quechua own the mines, but conditions here are still brutal.
September 8, 2012 Dancer Carlos Acosta left Cuba and went on to become a star with London's Royal Ballet. With the help of a renowned British architect, he hopes to return to his homeland and revive a long-abandoned, landmark ballet school. But his plans are facing opposition, including from the original architect.