According to Mexican authorities, the Zetas have become the biggest drug trafficking organization in Mexico. A recent report from Stratfor, based on data from Mexico's attorney general's office, says the group now operates in 17 states, surpassing the geographical sway of the once-dominant Sinaloa Federation.
The Salvadoran National Civil Police say gangs are planning attacks on security forces, but others believe the remark has more to do with politics.
The Ecuadorian court suspended the libel hearing today, amid international criticism that President Rafael Correa is quashing free speech.
Cuba said last month it would release 2,900 prisoners ahead of the pope's visit this spring, but US prisoner Alan Gross is not to be one of them.
Violence against women has surged in Central America, prompting awareness efforts like the one in Guatemala this weekend.
Just as Iran's President Ahmadinejad visited Havana and dismissed capitalism as in decay, Cubans are warming to an increasingly free market on the island.
New immigration policies in Brazil might soon open the door to fast-track visas for skilled workers. My own experience indicates just how badly reform is needed.
Guatemala isn't the only Latin American nation to use its army to fight internal armed groups, but guest blogger James Bosworth warns that 'protect the population' should be part of the mission.
Amid rising crime, the Peace Corps pulled out of in Honduras this week.
Former Gen. Otto Perez Molina, who will be inaugurated as Guatemala's president today, plans to push for renewed US military aid, raising concerns among critics of his legacy from Guatemala's civil war.
The indictment of a Lebanese man accused of running a money-laundering and drug-trafficking ring for Hezbollah in Colombia has sparked fresh concerns about the Islamic militia group's connections to organized crime in Latin America.
In previous years, drug-related killings have climbed as much as 110 percent.
Brazil's President Rousseff has had a good year in cracking down on corruption. Will the momentum last?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Latin America trip, a whirlwind four-nation tour that began in Venezuela on Jan. 8, is now taking him to the inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. The trip is his fifth visit to the region since 2007 and has prompted alarm in some corners of the United States that Iran is using the region as a staging ground to attack US interests.However, many who study Iran’s relationship with Latin America, in particular Venezuela, say fear of an Iranian threat in the Americas is overblown, at least at this point. Here are four reasons why:
Mexico's Zapatistas are distinct from most other rebels groups in Latin America, having remained within a democratic framework without getting involved in organized crime to secure funding.