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A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle next to the border fence west of Yuma.

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America's southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success. Read more»

A Peruvian joint service special forces team member posts security during a multinational amphibious beach assault training exercise in Ancon, Peru, 2010.

Bloody military coups may now be practically unthinkable in Latin America, but experts say the risks to democracy are real. Read more»

Slinging mud across the pond over soccer is as old as the World Cup. Read more»

Believe it or not, there are things going on in South America right now that have nothing to do with Brazil's soccer mega-event. Read more»

Argentina's president says 'drill baby, drill,' but fracking makes people afraid, and so do big American oil companies. Read more»

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says. Read more»

There is one surveillance camera for every 14 people in Britain. In the US, 68 percent of Americans believe current laws don't protect their online privacy. This is 2014, not 1984, right? Read more»

Michelle Bachelet

For a region famous for “machismo,” Latin America is about to take an unlikely step: elect a record number of women presidents. Read more» 2

United and integrated, the region would be a force to reckon with on the world stage. But does Latin America’s unification reality match up to the rhetoric? Read more»

The news from Argentina on what Pope Francis did, or didn't do during the years of the dirty war has shadowed the early days of his papacy, prompting the Vatican to denounce reporting to that effect. Could it be, on this one, that the Vatican may be right? Read more»

The Vatican is hitting back at critics who have charged that Pope Francis didn't do enough during Argentina's Dirty War. A spokesman called the accusations "defamatory" and told reporters today that they "must be clearly and firmly denied." Read more»

The 266th pope, and the first ever from Latin America, has one lung, rides the subway, reads Dostoevsky and has been described as both a moral compass and a sellout to Argentina’s former Dirty War leaders. Read more»

Are genetically modified crops “Franken-foods” or the answer to global hunger and climate change? That is the dilemma dividing Latin America, where vast quantities of GM crops are grown. Ecuador’s constitution actually prohibits them and Peru recently voted for a 10-year moratorium. Read more»

High-rise condos sprout up after a construction boom in Brazil's upper-middle-class neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca (shown in the distance beyond the Joatinga district) in Rio de Janeiro.

Latin America has long been a case study in the social ills brought by sharp economic inequality, its class-stratified societies marked by too few haves and too many have-nots. As the region’s middle class grows, poverty falls. But who deserves the praise? Read more»

When leaders want to revise their drug laws, they go to Ethan Nadelmann for advice. GlobalPost interviewed him about the state of the "legalize it" debate in the Americas. Read more»

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