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Brazil declares six month yellow fever emergency in south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, at least 15 dead from disease in area since December, emergency allows local authorities to commission special services and buy in emergency materials

Colombia says 550,000 Venezuelans now living in country of which 126,000 legally permitted to stay, migrant numbers up 62% in last six months, a million Venezuelans registered for migration card allowing entering Colombia for shopping scarce supplies

Seven killed after 107 lootings or attempted lootings in the first 11 days of January in Venezuela according to human rights group – store owners still running business arm themselves with what they can find, team up and coordinate guarding shifts via WhatsApp

Thousands of emigrated Venezuelans stranded due to printing shortage making it impossible to renew passports

Chile's president Bachelet urges country to welcome and respect Pope Francis after three Catholic churches firebombed and pope threatened days before first papal visit since 1987, attacks insignificant and damage to buildings minor according to authorities

Four Venezuelans dead after trying to reach wealthy island of Curaçao by boat, Maduro has banned all air and sea travel to several islands in order to prevent smuggling of Venezuelan goods by alleged mafias

Belize first developing country to end oil operations in its ocean waters, reported as enormous win for the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site

Maduro orders 72 hours shutdown of all traffic with Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, accuses island smugglers of plundering Venezuela by running black markets on everything from copper to food

Venezuela raises minimum wage by 40% from January, Maduro says measure to protect workers against US economic war to sabotage socialism, most economists say country fomenting vicious inflation cycle

Haiti cracks down on Dominican egg smuggling, authorities hope for increased domestic production while merchant fears starving

Maduro accuses Portugal of sabotaging Christmas by not delivering ham subsidized by the Venezuelan government as part of US-led international conspiracy, Portuguese food company says crux of dispute rather that tens of millions of euro remain unpaid from last year

11.8 million Brazilians illiterate according to Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, first time inclusion of racial parameter shows blacks or mixed race more than twice the rate of whites

Retail chain in Paraguay sponsors mass wedding among employees who formerly lived in sin, more than 100 couples marry

Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma escapes house arrest, flees across border to Colombia and then on to Spain to reunite with his family, is accused by Maduro of supporting coup attempt

Socialists in Venezuela celebrate centennial of October revolution with large mobilization and portraits of Lenin and Chávez

Venezuelan opposition politician Freddy Guevara seeks refuge in home of Chile's ambassador in Caracas after regime sought to remove his congressional immunity so that he could be tried for instigating violence

Catholic organization Caritas warns that 280,000 Venezuelan children could die of malnutrition due to country's shortage of food and medicine

24 meter steel wire kraken sunk outside British Virgin Islands to form base of coral reef

108 arrested in 24 states in Brazil in major raid against suspected pedophile ring

O Sul é o Meu País to arrange plebiscite on October 7th in Brazilian regions Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina as well as Parana, inspired by Catalonia's referendum they wish to gauge the people's want for independence

São Paulo police foil bank heist where gang dug 500-meter tunnel during four months to steal USD 286 million, 16 people arrested

Many Venezuelans flee to Colombia as the crisis is getting worse, 700,000 have applied for permission to move back and forth across the border without a passport

Forensic investigation concludes that Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, crime took place when he was expected to present evidence that President Kirchner covered up Iran's involvement in terror attack against Jewish community in Buenos Aires 1994 in exchange for lucrative trade agreements

More than 200 dead as southern Mexico is hit by 7.1 magnitude earthquake, occurs on anniversary of 1985 quake which killed over 5,000

Netflix series Narcos' location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal shot dead in central Mexico while viewing landscapes for the show – body and car found near Hidalgo state, considered country's most violent region

In 2014-2015 a new species was discovered in the Amazon every 1.9 days according to report by the World Wildlife Fund, ten percent of all known species reside in the Amazon

Political party of FARC guerrilla members could cost USD 13.4 million for tax payers, according to Colombian deputy minister of Finance

Thousands demonstrate in Buenos Aires against president Macri's labor market and pension reforms, unemployment rate at 9.2% from 7.6% in 2016

American diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with brain injuries a year after reporting headaches, "sonic attack" under investigation as a possible cause for the injuries

At least 37 dead after prison riot in Puerto Ayacucho in southern Venezuela

Saint Lucia plans to impose visa requirements on visitors from Venezuela in protest against Maduro regime, Caribbean island country has previously enjoyed close-knit relationship with Caracas

Atlas Network, an American non-profit, has contributed significantly to libertarian think tanks shaping political opinion in Latin America, network's influence stronger in Brazil, Argentina and Chile

Venezuela's Supreme Court sentences dissident mayor Ramón Muchacho to 15 months in prison and dismissal for defying orders to keep transit moving in area blocked by anti-government demonstrations

Venezuela says crushes anti-government terror attack on military base near Valencia, seven people arrested, shots reported as hundreds demonstrated on Valencia's streets in support of attack

Venezuela Chief Prosecutor and Maduro critic Luisa Ortega Díaz dismissed by new constituent assembly, replaced by loyalist Tarek William Saab

Brazilian congress bars corruption trial of president Michel Temer, other charges may be coming though

Thousands of truck drivers block highways throughout Brazil, protest gas and diesel tax hikes

Cuba praises Venezuelan election of new legislative superbody, denounces well-orchestrated US-led international operation to silence voice of Venezuelan people

41.5% turnout in Venezuelan constituent assembly election according to official sources, 12% according to opposition who refuses to recognise election, Maduro's wife and several close allies elected as representatives in what the President calls a "vote for the revolution"

At least ten dead during weekend protests against Constituency Assembly election in Venezuela, soldiers fire rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters blocking highway in Caracas

Venezuela bans protests that could "disturb or affect" Sunday's election for new constituent assembly, 5–10 years prison terms could be imposed on those contravening the ban, according to Interior Minister Reverol

Brazilian blogger sued by judge and politician because of videos criticizing them, converted all of his assets into Bitcoin to avoid having his assets frozen, Bitcoin almost 30 times more valuable since

Military forces of Venezuela back Nicolás Maduro, promising to protect next week's referendum, which will allow for constitutional changes in order to strengthen the power of the president, Trump threatens Caracas with economic measures

Ecuador stops the construction of controversial wall along the Peruvian border, the former left-wing country wants to approach the second block on the continent with countries such as Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

7.2 million voted in Venezuelan opposition's unofficial referendum, with 98% voting no on three referendums, former Mexico president Vicente Fox declared "persona non grata" and banned for life from entering Venezuela after acting as observer

Over 280,000 left without power in Santiago de Chile after heaviest snowfall in city in 20 years, reports of injuries caused by damaged cables

Venezuela opposition holds unofficial plebiscite to defy Maduro, one of three questions is if early elections are wanted, public employees said to seek creative ways of voting without being noticed

Private consortium discovers oil 60 kilometers off the coast of Mexico, fifth largest deposit found worldwide in 5 years; government of Mexico controls oil resources

Former Brazil president Lula sentenced to 9.5 years in prison for accepting beachfront apartment in return for state oil company contracts, charges of bribery, money laundering, influence peddling and obstruction of justice remaining

Venezuelan police reportedly asking for bribes in Colombian Pesos due to hyperinflation, opposition leaders claim that protesters are being unjustly held

Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López freed from jail, instead placed under house arrest, claims to be prisoner in own home like Venezuelan people

Record Aztec gold treasure found with body of young wolf in Mexico City, believe to be sacrificial offering to war god Huitzilopochtli

28 dead and 3 injured as fighting erupts between rival gangs inside prison in Mexican city Acapulco, many of country's prisons overcrowded and understaffed according to government report

Around 100 Maduro supporters storm Venezuela National Assembly and beat up several lawmakers, regime condemns violence and says investigation will establish whole truth about what happened

Óscar Pérez releases new video, calls June 28 helicopter attack on supreme court a success, calls for continued resistance against Maduro regime, says his plan now enters second phase

Venezuela raises minimum wage by 50%, effectively down 17% in USD terms since last increase in May, currency down 99.7% in USD terms since Maduro was elected president in April 2013

19 gang members shot dead in Mexican state Sinaloa in clash with police and army, violence in region in last five months up 76% compared to same period last year

Brazil halts passport issuing due to insufficient funds, government requested Congress to transfer additional resources

Civil service applicants in São Paulo have their skin color examined by commission as part of affirmative action program, applicants report humiliation (Portuguese)

Stolen police helicopter used to fire 15 shots at Venezuelan Interior Ministry social event and drop four grenades on Supreme Court while judges were meeting there, no one reported injured, Maduro calls incident armed terrorist attack against institutions of country

Next year's Rio de Janeiro carnival threatened by budget cuts, new Evangelical mayor wants to use funds for school meals but is accused of acting from conservative values

Three men awarded right to marry each other in Colombia, government said to be extremely liberal in matters of sexuality

Venezuela narrowly avoids OAS resolution which would have forbidden plan to abolish constitution, critical support received from Caribbean island nations dependent on country's oil industry

Maduro asks Supreme Court to prepare prosecution of Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Díaz, despite being outside of court's authority, points to deeper split among rulers

2,186 murder investigations in Mexico during May, highest monthly number since 1997, large part related to illegal drug industry, expected to hurt incumbent president i next year's election

Maduro slams Twitter as fascist for suspending thousands of his supporters' accounts and calls for tweeting pictures of company's Venezuela head, president's salsa music show among blocked accounts

Venezuela's chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega says her family has received phone threats and been followed by intelligence agents after she criticized Maduro, regime has previously questioned her mental sanity

Peru asks Ecuador to stop building wall along border between countries, says it can cause flooding and hurt cross-border integration

Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83 after brain tumor surgery

Venezuela opposition accuses Goldman Sachs of aiding regime after report shows bank has bought USD 2.8 billion in bonds from state companies

Raphaël Lima: Former president Lula da Silva spider in the web in corruption scandal that is now unfolding in Brazil, could lead to division of country

Venezuelans reportedly using Bitcoin to escape hyperinflation and food shortages

Brazil President Temer calls in armed forces to control 45,000 protesters in Brasilia, smaller group tried to get into government buildings

Chávez statues destroyed in at least five Venezuelan cities and one of Chávez' childhood homes torched during past month, 16 arrested for tearing down statue sent to military tribunal and risk 27 years in prison

Several medallists from Rio Olympics have to replace medals because of rust or damage

Russian national socialist YouTube profile Aleksey Makeyev victim of lynching attempt in his Cancun home, alive but sedated, paralyzed and probably brain damaged

Protesters demand release of Cuban libertarians imprisoned on political grounds, activists plastered Havana with posters in support of prisoners who have been in jail since February 2

Mexico surpasses Iraq and Afghanistan to become world's second-most deadly conflict zone after Syria according to International Institute for Strategic Studies, fatalities from war among drug cartels in country grew to 23,000 in 2016

14 dead and 22 injured by explosion in fireworks warehouse in Chilchotla, Mexico

Hugo Chávez statue torn down to cheers in Venezuelan city of Valencia, further nationwide protests planned

Self-governing indigenous community in Peru wins legal dispute that forces oil companies to seek approval from them to use the indigenous land, community still seeks formal recognition from Lima

Riots continue in Venezuela with several dead and many injured, cars and buildings set on fire, military vehicles driven throw crowd of protestors

All candidates in next year's Colombian elections are statists, no hope for libertarian ideals, according to PanAm Post

Maduro raises Venezuelan minimum wage by 60% to USD 50 at black market rate, third raise this year, aims to benefit government workers and the military

Eight perish as Cuban military plane crashes in mountains, cause of accident still under investigation

Google launches cache servers in Cuba, makes material on the servers load faster, Internet only available through WiFi spots, one hour of Internet costs USD 1.50, average monthly wage is USD 25

Brazilian police arrest suspects of "movie-like heist" of armored company in Paraguay, assault rifles and boats used in theft of what could amount to USD 30 million

Nearly 50 Ladies in White arrested in Cuba, group formed by activists against political prisons reports violent arrests

Venezuela threatens to leave OAS if meeting is held about country's ongoing crisis without its approval, foreign minister says arbitrary violations of ethical and legal principles will not be tolerated

GM fires 2,700 employees in Venezuela after factory is expropriated, court ruled in favor of two resellers who sued company in 2000 for missed deliveries

Ecuador fines four newspapers and three TV channels for not reporting on opposition leaders' alleged offshore businesses before election, accused refer to laws requiring verification and banning interfering in elections

Venezuela opposition marches in silence in memory of killed during recent weeks of protests, at least 11 were killed Thursday

GM factory in Venezuela expropriated including vehicles and other assets, company will use every legal possibility for defense, no comments from government

Colombia president Santos worried about Maduro promises to hand out 500,000 guns to militias

Maduro orders military into streets to quash protests ahead of Wednesday demonstration which opposition says will be largest so far

State television cuts broadcast as protestors throw eggs at Maduro, several dead in escalating demonstrations against Venezuela dictatorship

Protests intensify in Venezuela, demonstrators as well as hospital in eastern Caracas tear-gassed

Large protests in French Guiana as demonstrators demand increased financial support from France's government, discontent over living standards and rising crime rates behind claim for USD 2.5 billion in aid

Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles prohibited from seeking political office next 15 years, accused of inciting violence during week of protests in Caracas

Governing party's candidate Lenin Moreno wins Ecuador presidential election with 51.16% of votes, defeated conservative challenger Guillermo Lasso says he will appeal against results