Security in Rio de Janeiro has been beefed up after violent clashes dealt another blow to the Brazilian city's public image ahead of the World Cup.
Representatives from countries across the world are meeting in Brazil to map out principles that would govern the internet and its use.
A man has been shot dead as violent protests erupt yet again in a Rio de Janeiro slum.
A panel of experts says Brazil's former president Juscelino Kubitschek was killed in a car crash, contradicting a report last year that he was murdered.
A least six gunmen have stormed the depot of the private Brazil bus company, torching more than 30 vehicles.
A fire in Chile's UNESCO World Heritage port city of Valparaiso has been brought under control after claiming 15 lives and leaving many homeless.
Protests are continuing in Venezuela with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro clashing with riot police in the capital.
Australian football fans flying to Brazil for the World Cup are being warned to get yellow fever vaccinations.
Police have conducted dozens of simultaneous raids in Buenos Aires province, authorities say.
The author of such classics as 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera' has died at the age of 87, Colombia's president said.
Investigators have discovered the corpses of 40 newborn babies in a Brazilian hospital, some which had been decaying for up to five years.
Amazon villagers tied two men to a tree swarming with venomous ants for allegedly stealing three motorcycles.
At least 11 helicopters, six planes, and 2000 police and soldiers, as well as battalions of firefighters, are fighting the Chilean blaze for the third day.
At least 36 people are dead after an early morning accident involving a bus and a parked trailer-truck in southeastern Mexico.
Emergency crews have battled outbreaks from a deadly blaze that tore through parts of the historic Chilean port city of Valparaiso.
A wildfire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso has killed four people, destroyed 500 homes and forced the evacuation of 3000 people.
Brazilian police are scouring through documents in a $US4.5 billion ($A4.7 billion) money-laundering operation against state oil giant Petrobras.
A state of emergency has been declared in Peru's Andean region, after a volcano begun spitting chunks of white-hot rock.
Just two months out from the World Cup, Brazil's capital has been hit by fresh violence as police cleared squatters from a building near Maracana stadium.
A new United Nations study has revealed global murder rates have declined slightly but remain very high in the Americas.
A fire set during a riot at a Brazilian prison has left six inmates dead after they became trapped in a cell.
A series of lightning strikes has killed at least 60 dairy cows in southern Chile.
Nine elderly residents and a staff member have died in a nursing home fire in Chile, as hydrant failure affected firefighters efforts to tackle the blaze.
The UN has acknowledged the right of Venezuelans to protest peacefully, but rejected violent acts and destruction of property.
In Brazil's latest attempt to drive out drug gangs ahead of the World Cup, soldiers have moved into one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious slums.
Venezuela's attorney general has charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with responsibility for anti-government demonstrations.
Experts in Ecuador have reported a loud volcanic explosion "that lasted for five minutes" and an expulsion of ash.
A seventh fatality has been attributed to Chile's earthquake as a six-day-old baby of a family made homeless in the disaster died from cardiac arrest.
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