Peru has declared an emergency in one region after tests found people, rivers and fish had been contaminated with mercury from illegal goldmining.
Zookeepers in Chile have been forced to shoot dead two lions which mauled a naked man who broke into their enclosure.
Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra has emerged as a candidate for Secretary-General of the United Nations.
An Argentinian prosecutor says top lawyer Alberto Nisman, who was found shot dead in his home last year, may have been forced to kill himself.
Anti-government protesters have clashed with police in Venezuela.
A person has died after Ecuador was struck by two earthquakes in the same region where a tremor last month killed 650 people.
The Venezuelan parliament has rejected a decree granting President Nicolas Maduro and the army special powers, saying it would annul the constitution.
The government of Colombia and FARC rebels have agreed on moving a small number of children out of the group's camps.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has gone on TV to threaten that if any factories stop production they will be 'occupied by the people'.
Brazil's new interim leader Michel Temer has called for unity and promised to improve the economy, as outgoing president Dilma Rousseff vows to fight on.
A majority of Brazil's Senate indicated on Thursday it will vote to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws, signaling the end of 13 years...
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment over creative accounting allegations.
Chile's south is suffering its worst ever "red tide", a surge in algae growth that turns the sea red and kills fish.
Supporters of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff clashed with police outside the Senate on Wednesday ahead of a vote to put her on trial for breaking budget laws,...
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