Ortega says the Bank of ALBA will give loans to members without conditions to pay for development or social projects.
The last of Colombia's paramilitary leaders were captured in Venezuela, marking the end for a group that dominated Colombia's drug trade, writes guest blogger Jeremy McDermott.
Some 20 years after going to prison for a failed coup, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez celebrates the anniversary of his beginnings while opposition candidates prepare to challenge him for the presidency.
Uruguay is known as one of the safest countries in Latin America, but organized crime and violence are on the rise.
It's been a big year in Latin America, and the Monitor has brought you on-the-ground reports from Mexico to Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. You probably know that Brazil is booming and former dictator Manuel Noriega arrived in Panama. But beyond the headlines, how closely did you follow the big events of 2011? Test your comprehension in this 2011 year-end quiz.
The spiciest peppers tend to struggle in areas where water is scarce, a research team studying Bolivian chili peppers have discovered.
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, who died over the weekend, spent the last years of her life trying to educate beauty-obsessed Venezuelans about priorities.