Nearly 3 million children are missing classes in Venezuela as a result of the deepening economic crisis. Along with hospitals and other flagship welfare projects, the education sector is in crisis and experts fear a stunted generation.
Cuban President Raúl Castro is expected to hand the presidency over to Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel, marking the beginning of a broad transfer of power from elderly rulers to the middle-aged leaders of Cuba's so-called 'lost generation.'
The Vetas municipality will soon hold the country's first-ever local vote to enshrine the right to mine. Locals say these referendums are not intended to benefit the multinational mining companies, but rather to establish municipal control over mining.
Hundreds of migrants that had been traveling through southern Mexico stopped on Monday to rest and speak with local officials about filing for asylum. Despite concerns from President Trump, most of the group is ill-equipped to travel to the US border.
As the land border between the US and Mexico becomes increasingly fortified, drug trafficking, and efforts to stop it, have taken to the sea. The two countries will now collaborate in an international agreement to intercede shipments of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean.
As Venezuela's economic crisis drives refugees out, members of the Warao indigenous group have found shelter in Brazil. The community faces widespread discrimination, and Brazilian officials have sought to protect them even as their numbers swell.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing their country's financial crises and seeking refuge and work in Brazil. Their presence places intense pressure on the already strained public health system, jails, and volunteer organizations.
The market for low-cost satellite launches is expanding rapidly and US companies are eyeing the Alcantara space center in Brazil. Launching near the equator dramatically cuts fuel costs, a fact the Latin American country emphasizes to draw new commercial contracts.
Descendants of slaves in Brazil have recently had two major victories in a decades-long struggle to get legal titles to their land, without which they don't have access to social benefits. The poverty rate among slave descendants is 75 percent.
An increasing number of migrant farmers are using native lands in the Amazon to grow the illicit crop coca. Some indigenous communities plan to patrol their territory to keep out land traffickers.
The nonprofit Chicas Poderosas (Powerful Girls) aims to create an atmosphere of possibility for women in newsrooms across Latin America as an essential way to 'change the conversation' and expand focus on such stories as femicide and poverty.
On Thursday, Silicon Valley industry executives met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who emphasized his country's potential for business development. Mr. Trudeau also unveiled a new fast-track visa program for international skilled workers.