US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.
Extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson have died in an avalanche in southern Chile, officials confirm.
An injured Spanish speleologist who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.
The United States and Brazil have come to an agreement designed to end a decade long dispute over cotton subsidies, reports say.
Mexico's attorney general has charged three soldiers with murder during a shootout with 22 alleged gang members on 30 June.
Mexico has shot up the Global AgeWatch Index - which measures the quality of later life - for its commitment to income security for older people.
Brazil says it needs teachers not footballers
Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems.
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings.
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro defends his government's decision to seize a US-owned factory following the departure from Venezuela of Clorox.
Julio Carneiro looks at why so many Brazilians still oppose the legalisation of abortion, despite a series of recent deaths.
Brazil’s top clubs have survived by selling stakes in their players but that must now change, writes Tim Vickery.
A US judge rules that Argentina is in contempt of court for refusing to obey an order to repay the debt it owes to two US hedge funds.
An apparently armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.
A hotel in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, is evacuated after a man apparently takes an employee hostage at gunpoint.
A search is under way for dozens of Mexican students after they clashed with police at a protest in the southern town of Iguala.
Emergency workers in Peru have recovered eight bodies from the rubble of a village after a 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Cusco region.
A regional Mexican political leader, Braulio Zaragoza, is shot dead by unidentified gunmen at a hotel restaurant in the popular resort of Acapulco.
Can the poor girl from the Amazon lead Brazil?
A court in Cuba sentences the president of a Canadian transport company to 15 years in jail and seizes assets worth $100m (£62m).