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.
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.
Brazil's favelas are often associated with violence and crime, but that's only part of the story.
Ecuador's constitution bars Rafael Correa from running for the fourth term. But this won't stop him from seeking reelection if 'the people' want it, he hints.
Income inequality has bred gaps in public health in Brazil where a community-based program first piloted in the 1980s now offers health services and advice to those most in need.
The Guatemalan government has invested more than $2.5 billion in its national police since 2000. Despite annual budget increases, violent crime has gone up.
After troops stormed Maré favela over the weekend as part of Rio's security strategy, Brazil's 'pacification program' is coming under increased scrutiny.
A Supreme Court ruling took the seat of María Corina Machado. Local mayors have been sentenced to prison for not preventing blockades in their towns, gaining national attention, too.