A new study, the Human Security Report, argues that politics and fund-raising priorities often lead to overestimates of war deaths, touching off a controversy among the researchers who work on the issue.
Conservative tycoon Sebastian Piñera won the second round of Chile's presidential election on Sunday in part due to voter faith that he can revive the economy. Meanwhile, Brazil's economy is booming.
How does the expected Haiti earthquake death toll compare to other natural disasters in recent history?
An illegal gold rush in Peru is capitalizing on the high price of the metal worldwide – but at a cost to the Amazon's rivers and forests.
Peru's growth rate – 9.8 percent – was one of the fastest last year. It's poised to break with neighbors Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador with its center-left but pro-business governments.
On April 26, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from an explosion on a Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Crews are working with robot submarines to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer to close off the flow of oil at the sunken rig's well head. Hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands, and white sand beaches are threatened by the approaching oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
A swimmer walked on a snow-covered beach near Athens, Greece, Feb. 18. A rare winter storm left Greece blanketed in snow overnight, cutting off roads and access to villages and disrupting transport across the country. Problems with power and water supplies were also reported.
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.
The most recent Latin American leader to overturn presidential term limits is Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega.
Peru lawmaker Keiko Fujimori strongly suggested Wednesday that if she is elected president in 2011, she would pardon her jailed father, former president Alberto Fujimori.