Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks in Caracas on March 24 before departing for Cuba to receive cancer treatment. Hopes are high that he will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, also visiting Cuba this week. (LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The timing of Chavez's treatment in Cuba — coinciding with the pope's visit to the island — could not be better to cement the Venezuelan president's Catholic credentials ahead of a general election.
A federal policeman stops the traffic to let people evacuating buildings to cross the street in Mexico City following a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Not one death has been reported after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake which hit Mexico yesterday, in stark contrast to a tremor in 1985 which, though higher in magnitude at 8.1, killed around 10,000 people and destroyed the city.
Chilean Consul Fernando Berendique (R) carries, with relatives and friends, the coffin of his daughter Karen Vanessa Berendique, who was shot dead earlier on March 17, 2012, in her car in a confused incident that is being investigated by the prosecution, in Maracaibo, state of Venezuela. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chilean diplomat's teenage daughter was killed by Venezuelan authorities on Friday in a chilling reminder of the country's issues with security and a police force that many believe is part of the problem.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a national flag from a balcony of the presidential palace in Caracas on March 17, 2012. Chavez has returned to Venezuela after spending three weeks in Cuba where he underwent cancer surgery. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
President Hugo Chavez landed back in Venezuela late Friday night before today entertaining "el pueblo"—the people—in his inimitable style, singing, cracking jokes and confirming to the nation that he is firmly in the game for October's presidential election.
Greenpeace activists protest against an oil spill in waters off Rio de Janeiro state days ago, on November 18, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian authorities warned US energy giant Chevron Thursday that it faces severe punishment if it fails to completely seal an offshore well that has been seeping oil in waters off Rio de Janeiro state. (LUIZA CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)
Chevron is already treading on eggshells after Brazilian authorities harshly clamped down on the US giant in the wake of a relatively small oil spill in November. Another leak at the same offshore field has now forced a halt in production.
Three light attack and pilot training Super Tucano planes are shown to the Colombian press 14 December, 2006, at the military Airport in Bogota, Colombia. Colombian Airforce bougth twenty-five (25) airplanes from Brazil for surveillance mission in the forest. (Mauricio Duenas/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Air Force canceled a deal to purchase military planes from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, in the latest of a series of Air Force procurement affairs in the last decade.
A drug war in Mexico. Blossoming trade with China. Booming economies and runaway currencies. Land reform. From Mexico to the southern tip of Patagonia, ¿Que pasa? analyzes the political, social and economic forces at work in 21st-century Latin America.