This is the seventh set of reforms to Venezuela's penal code since Chavez took office. But changes, like allowing trials to proceed behind closed doors, could lead to an abuse of power.
Although 56 million households have joined Latin America's middle class, many lack the benefits and job security to ensure stability.
Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos's new attempt at land reform will begin with the restitution of 5 million acres over four years – an area about the size of Massachusetts.
Colombia's new conservative President Juan Manuel Santos also struck a conciliatory tone as he was sworn in Saturday, despite the recent bellicose rhetoric from Venezuela's leftist leader, Hugo Chávez.
A deadly fungus has rolled across Central America, wiping out an estimated 100 species.
Álvaro Uribe brought security to a nation that once inspired Hollywood drug-trafficking film 'Clear and Present Danger.' But his scandals could sink would-be successor Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia's May 30 presidential vote.