The average teacher salary in Mexico is $2,000 a month, but a recent study on education corruption found one teacher who earns $561,865 a year at his post in impoverished Oaxaca state.
The opposition coalition says it sees too much talk and not enough action. It wants detained protesters released and an independent truth commission.
Bus drivers in Rio have already gone on strike, and teachers may do the same. Some say other groups - including the federal police - could strike as well amid World Cup attention and the leadup to elections.
Brazil’s Congress is debating whether to extend tax breaks for industries in Manaus, in Amazonas state. Scores of multinationals have opened factories there.
Venezuela recently raised the price of chicken, rice, and sugar. Could its cheaper-than-water gasoline be next? Colombian fuel smugglers hope not.
Maduro's popularity has dropped on every measure since November 2013, and two-thirds of Venezuelans polled don't think he can solve the country's problems - like shortages - in the next year.
President Mujica said he would give refuge to five detainees from the controversial US detention camp. Uruguay may have foreign policy interests in scoring points with the US.
The opulent Teatro Amazonas opera house still stuns visitors to Manaus. It's a legacy of the rubber boom and the region’s short-lived monopoly on worldwide production.
President Martinelli is constitutionally banned from running again. But analysts say his party's ticket - made up of his wife and a handpicked successor - is 'essentially a Martinelli government.'
Northeast Brazil used to be known for poverty and migration south. But locals like Maria Joelma da Silva, who the Monitor first met in 2008, are redefining the region.
Mexico's lower house unanimously voted to change a military code that gave the military courts jurisdiction over any crimes committed by on-duty soldiers.
A mayor from Mexico's busiest port was arrested after a video showed him meeting with the Knights Templar cartel. Self-defense groups rose up against drug gangs they say government did little to stop.
Mexico received US approval for the purchase of 18 Black Hawk helicopters. Some analysts wonder if the planned purchase signals a longer-term, more militarized approach to fighting cartels.
The US sugar industry is seething over soaring competition from Mexico. But if the US imposes punitive duties on Mexican sugar, observers say Mexico could reciprocate.
Despite high profile arrests and decreasing impunity, Paz y Paz's reappointment is a long shot. Her loudest critics are ex-military and conservative businessmen who say she's pushed a leftist agenda.
Paz y Paz said from the start her focus would be advocating for victims. In a country with one of the highest femicide rates, she's focused on women and victims of Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
A set of extraordinary circumstances brought Claudia Paz y Paz to Guatemala's attorney general's office. She spent most of her career demonizing the government, not trying to reform it.
Venezuelan government and opposition members are sitting down to discuss a way past weeks of violent protests. But many government allies have publicly undercut the process.
Mexico says measures to track cell phone calls and censor websites are important for fighting cyberattacks, kidnappings, and other crimes. But opponents fear an online clampdown.
Brazil's favelas are often associated with violence and crime, but that's only part of the story.