Ex-president Alvaro Uribe, who vehemently opposed peace talks when they opened in late 2002, has elected a senator in Colombia.
Security forces could be deployed again to a notorious maze of slums in northern Rio from the drug lords ahead of June's World Cup. .
A kidnapper took a 9-year-old girl into a remote area in the Bolivian jungle region of Chapare in a bid to avoid detection by police.
Voting comes with the Colombian government locked with Marxist rebels in talks that have dominated political life since beginning in late 2012.
Archaeologists have found a Spanish merchant ship which was wrecked off the southern coast of Argentina in 1765.
For more than a month, demonstrators in Venezuela have complained about chronic shortages of food staples like bread, sugar, milk and butter.
One day after breaking ties with Panama, Venezuela has ordered its ambassador and three diplomats out of the country.
The Venezuelan president says a minority sector of the opposition is causing the violence in his country which has claimed 20 lives in a month.
Panama's reaction to unrest in Venezuela has led to President Nicolas Maduro breaking diplomatic relations with that country.
Anti-government students and the opposition have tried to disrupt a parade marking one year since Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez died.
Venezuelan protesters have flooded the streets of Caracas ahead of the anniversary of the death of former leader Hugo Chavez.
World Cup organisers will mark 100 days to go on Tuesday with a lot of work still to be done on stadiums and infrastructure in the 12 host cities.
Bolivian President Evo Morales "has sent his condolences and sympathy" to those affected by a disaster during Carnival.
Brazil begins five days of carnival in Rio with its leader, King Momo, declaring joy by decree.
Eight foreign reporters are among those arrested in the latest protests in Venezuela.
Protests in Venezuela are continuing in the shadow of Carnaval celebrations.
Peace talks in Venezuela won't be going ahead, in spite of clashes there which have left 14 people dead.
Scientists say the orientation of whale skeletons found in Chile's Atacama desert shows that the animals "died at sea, prior to burial on a tidal flat".
Ninety passengers aboard a Korean fishing ship are stranded in Antarctica awaiting a rescue mission by Chile's Navy.
A festive Closing Ceremony has marked the official end of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Joaquin Guzman's potential successor, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, is the next prime target of a vast Mexican law enforcement operation.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman built a criminal empire stretching along Mexico's Pacific coast and dealing drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia.
Competing mass rallies in Caracas have laid bare a chasm between those who support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and those who oppose him.
The civil unrest in Venezuela has now claimed nine lives, while the country's president is threatening to cut off fuel to protest areas.
The Colombia Free Press Foundation has demanded a thorough investigation after a 21-year-old news cameraman was shot dead by two gunmen.
The Venezuelan government has ordered paratroopers to a border city where growing student protests began over two weeks ago.
Brazil's armed forces could be called on to contain possible violent protests during the upcoming World Cup, President Dilma Rousseff says.
Two Summer Olympians have left their mark on the Sochi Winter Games on Day 12.
Around 5000 chefs and sommeliers will be invited to gather in Mexico City in May to set a Guinness record.
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