The devastating fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, started when a band lit a flare. But pushing through new safety laws has been difficult, despite the common safety failings the fire exposed.
The commission was created in 2012 in order to design, plan, and certify community police, public prosecutor, and judicial reforms. President-elect Hernandez is in favor of a militarized police force.
Edgar Tamayo was convicted of killing a Houston cop in 1994. He sought a reprieve from execution by arguing that he didn't get rapid access to consular officials as stipulated by international law.
Nicaraguans have a long list of concerns – from hurricanes to displaced communities – over a Chinese-funded canal that would take a decade to build and cost $60 billion.
Some 400 displaced squatters from an informal settlement razed in downtown São Paulo this month will be funneled into motel rooms and state-run treatment programs.
Gov. Velasco of Chiapas state, one of Mexico's poorest, has been accused of using state funds to boost his profile and target President Peña Nieto's office for 2018.
The expansion of self-defense groups in Mexico has presented problems for President Peña Nieto, who is trying to turn the page on cartel killings and turf wars associated with his predecessor.
In recent months, Facebook-organized teen gatherings at malls in São Paulo have caused protest that's fractured Brazilians along class lines.
The spread of vigilante groups in Mexico's Michoacán State, a response to the rise of a powerful drug cartel, has placed the government in a law and order Catch-22.
El Salvador's presidential election takes place next month, and topics of gang violence, the economy, and healthcare are top of mind.
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President Ortega and first lady Rosario Murillo have forged a level of control that political observers say holds echoes of the sort of family dynasty the Sandinista Front once took up arms to topple.
Former President Castro was seen publicly in Cuba for the first time in nine months.
A high-profile murder saw President Maduro convene a national political meeting and promise to meet a soaring murder rate with an 'iron fist.'
A September court ruling strips Dominican citizenship from children of undocumented immigrants - mostly Haitian - even if they were born in the DR.
The murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and a companion in a roadside robbery was only unusual for the famous name in a country that suffers one of the world's highest murder rates.
Packaged foods and soft drinks sold in Chile that are high in saturated fat, sugar, or salt will carry prominent labels on the front of the package. But not everyone is happy with the rules.
A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation's main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity.
From elections to transportation fare increases and potentially renewed protests, 2014 promises big stories to watch across Brazil.
Organized crime is adaptable and profit-driven, and in 2014, that could mean moving beyond Mexico and Colombia to a more diverse set of nations.