The attacker in Norway and a Mexican drug ring both invoke the ancient Knights Templar to describe themselves. Why do violent ideologues and criminals search the past for inspiration?
The residents of the towns where Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez grew up still speak well of him, and hope for his speedy recovery from cancer.
A deported Mexican couple won back custody of their two US-born daughters in part thanks to testimony given over Skype, an apparent first in a US custody case.
A Colombian think-tank argues that the guerrilla group has retaken the initiative in key regions, and that security forces have thus far failed to adapt to the conflict's changing conditions.
Although she has kept Brazil's economy buoyant in her first six months, the president has lost four ministers to corruption scandals and has been unable to keep her congressional allies in line.
Mexican-Americans lead the trend, with births far outweighing the number of new immigrants.
Investigations into the death of Chilean President Allende and the disappearance of Argentinean children disproves human rights groups' theories, but their zeal for investigations should continue.
More than 60 manhole covers have been blown into the skies since last year, injuring dozens of people. Some see it as a worrying indicator of Rio's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Brazil’s Federal Police say that arms traffickers are using new routes to get weapons into the country. Entry via sea port is now just as important as entry over land.
Arturo Valenzuela's return to academia, which had been announced in May, leaves the US without much needed diplomatic leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Human rights activists say the move will rein in the military's abuses, which have sharply increased with the army's deployment against criminal gangs operating in Mexico.
The US Justice Department has announced plans to cut arms trafficking into Mexico by monitoring the sale of assault rifles in border states in the wake of a scandal over the 'Fast and Furious' gun tracing operation.
The new US- and Brazil-led initiative to encourage government transparency could provide the US another means to promote democracy and free trade.
Guest blogger James Bosworth says that despite the media's focus on violence in Latin America – which certainly can't be ignored – the region offers friendly faces and strong investments.
The Brazilian cities, which far outrank any US cities on Mercer's annual list, have climbed the ranks due to high taxes and a booming Brazilian economy.
Guest blogger Miguel Octavio thinks Monday's presidential primary in Venezuela, held by a united opposition seeking a single candidate to beat Hugo Chávez, bodes well for democracy in the country.