Brazil’s hard-line environment minister quit last week in a move lauded by agribusiness interests.
In 2008, Venezuela's inflation rate is projected to be 25 percent – second only to Zimbabwe's.
As four provinces press for more autonomy, one group teaches how to heal racial and political tensions.
Inspired by a biannual baroque festival and the legacy of missionaries, young people join choirs and take up the violin and Vivaldi in parishes across the country's eastern lowlands.
Leaders at Wednesday's summit in Nicaragua blamed US trade policies for the region's food crisis.
The gas-rich province of Santa Cruz voted Sunday for less central government control, raising tensions with leftist President Evo Morales and his supporters.