The term of newly inaugurated Sebastian Pinera literally began with a jolt, as a Chile earthquake aftershock shook his swearing-in and the Navy issued a tsunami alert.
Presidents, Evo Morales of Bolivia (l.), Fernando Lugo of Paraguay (c.) and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia (r.), react with other guests to a strong 7.2-magnitude aftershock that shook the region a few minutes before the inauguration of Chile's president-elect Sebastian Pinera at the Congress in Valparaiso March 11. Conservative billionaire Pinera takes office as Chile's new president on Thursday, tasked with rebuilding the country after one of the worst earthquakes ever recorded killed hundreds of people less than two weeks ago.
A 7.2-magnitude Chile earthquake rattled the swearing-in ceremony of President Sebastian Piñera, the country's first conservative president in more than 50 years.
Unda, a rescue dog, digs into a hiding place during an avalanche search and rescue drill in Nendaz in the Valais region. The Swiss French police forces train once a year to coordinate the involvement of different units in avalanche rescues.
In recent and upcoming races across Latin America, candidates have dropped a combative left-right discourse, and instead are appealing to a growing ideological center.
THE FIRST COUPLE: Despite criticism earlier this fall for his selection of jeans at a baseball game, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, looking stylish in this Feb. 22 photo while attending a dinner with the nation's governors, are routinely recognized for their good fashion choices. Okay, so mostly Michelle, but Barack looks pretty dapper in his tux!
His presidential victory Sunday chalks up another important win for Bolivia's Evo Morales and the region's hard-left, Chávez-led bloc, which also includes Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
The strong ties between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez are well known. But Brazil's support has set this regional tour apart.
One month after Costa Rica's president arrived to negotiate an end to the standoff, most of Honduras's top leaders are steadfastly opposed to the return of deposed president Zelaya.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sought a region-wide censure of the pending agreement at a summit Monday in Quito, Ecuador. But other leaders were declined to condemn it outright.