Protesters have periodically taken to the streets amid economic and political turmoil, with as many as 1 million flooding Caracas earlier this month to demand a presidential recall referendum before a key date in January.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko are set to sign a historic peace deal Monday, ending a 52-year conflict that has killed a quarter of a million people.
The Marxist rebels are on the verge of entering Colombia's electoral arena, but much work lies ahead in building a viable political party.
A change in public perception, some say, could go a long way toward securing rights for people with disabilities – and at the Paralympics, scores of spectators might finally get the memo.
Dilma Rousseff was suspended pending the outcome of her impeachment trial, which some see as democracy in action but others decry as an attempted coup.
Colombian government forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia officially ceased hostilities on Monday, an important step in bringing to an end 52 years of conflict between the two groups.