Colombia used to be the world's kidnapping capital, but those numbers have decreased over the last decade. The kidnapping of 10-year-old Nhora Valentina Munoz was a reminder of a darker past.
Military service is obligatory in Chile, but volunteers usually fill the ranks. Student protests this year have hurt recruitment, but the number of call-ups is higher than what the military says it needs.
The number of 'narco-refugees,' Mexicans trying to escape drug violence by seeking asylum in the US, increased almost 50-fold from 2006 to 2008.
Because of generous subsidies, Venezuelans enjoy the cheapest gas in the world. So why is the state oil company giving gasoline to gas stations for free?
Floods, landslides, and collapsed infrastructure killed at least 66 as of Sunday, with heavy rain to continue through Wednesday. Blogger Tim Muth looks at how El Salvador, one of the worst hit Central American countries, prepared for the rain and the impact it could have on harvests.
The US Coast Guard reports that illegal migration from Cuba is up; meanwhile, hope is dim that the release of the first 'Cuban Five' from jail would pave the way for Cuba to free American Alan Gross.
The number of illegal immigrants apprehended while crossing Mexico en route to the US has dropped by almost 70 percent in the past five years, according to Mexican official data.
Mexico has arrested Carlos Oliva Castillo, also known as 'the frog,' who was the alleged mastermind of a horrific arson attack on a casino that killed 52 people in August.
After years of delay and controversy, the US Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
In some ways, attempting to employ Latin American criminals to carry out a terrorist act is the worst case scenario, but this case also shows how US-Mexico cooperation can stymie such actions.
It's doubtful, experts say, despite reports that Iranian plotters tried to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US in Washington.
Schools in the city shut their doors for weeks after teachers became extortion targets for Mexican drug gangs.
After Rick Perry caused a stir suggesting the US may need to send troops to quell violence in Mexico, now come some thoughts from Mitt Romney, including the idea to create a "Reagan Economic Zone" in Latin America.
The 'Zeta Killers' have been linked to the deaths of 67 people. While they claim to be fighting the Zetas drug cartel, experts say they are likely just a criminal group adopting the guise of a 'good-guy cartel.'
El Salvador is experiencing disappearances linked to the gang violence hitting the country, mostly of young people and teens, with a frequency not seen since the country's civil war, which ended almost 20 years ago.
But where will Rene Gonzalez, convicted of spying for the Cuban government, go? A Florida judge has ordered he must serve three years of probation in the US, after spending 13 years behind bars.
Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez will be laid to rest in Caracas today, nine months after he died. He remains a controversial figure.