With the US focused on other parts of the world, Latin American neighbor Hugo Chávez has tightened his hold on power. The next Congress may press Obama to act, but what are his options?
The Chile fire, started by rioting prisoners, has drawn fresh attention to the poor conditions, lack of guards, and gang violence rampant in Latin American jails.
TckTckTck partners, Greenpeace and 350.org stage an underwater installation called "Silent Evolution" in Cancun, Mexico. They are calling for urgent action on the environment during the UN Cancun climate talks.
People dressed as Father Frost, the central figure in Russia's New Year festival and the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, walk along the street during a contest in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Jose Guevara argued that Peru owes him for the capture of the country’s fugitive intelligence chief. The Supreme Court let stand a decision that dismissed the case as outside US jurisdiction.
Venezuelan indigenous people protest in Caracas, demanding that President Hugo Chavez move ahead with demarcating and recognizing their traditional lands.
An address sign for a home along the Wisconsin River in Caledoia Township is seen under flood waters after the Caledonia-Lewiston levee breached along the river in Columbia County, Wis., on Monday. The Caledonia-Lewiston levee, a series of sand dikes along the Wisconsin River, is posing a threat to about 150 homes in Columbia County.
Sand artist Jamie Wardley works on an image depicting a girl's face in the dry river bed on Irvine beach in Scotland, as part of a campaign to stop the building of a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, Scotland, on Monday.
The Venezuela election on Sunday saw the political opposition gain more than one-third of seats in legislature, enough to stymie Hugo Chávez's future initiatives.
A united opposition in Sunday's Venezuela election could gain seats in the legislature and limit President Hugo Chavez's power as citizens grow weary of poverty and crime.