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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff meets with President Barack Obama, March, 2011.

The South American governments are calling the air campaign against Islamist militants a violation of Syria's sovereignty — even if Assad seems to be welcoming the help. Read more»

More and more of the region's governments are yanking their ambassadors out of Israel in protest. Read more» 1

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

For the rest of the world, guinea pigs may be perfectly cute, low-maintenance pets, or disposable lab test subjects. But in the Andes, where the species evolved, they have a very different use — lunch. Read more»

A coca field

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board. Read more»

At Sheremetyevo International Moscow, the Ecuador Ambassador's BMW draws a crowd of journalists looking for Edward Snowden

The whereabouts of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of secret US surveillance programs, are unknown after he failed to board a flight from Moscow to Havana on Monday. Read more»

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked top secret documents revealing a vast surveillance program by the US government to the Guardian newspaper. The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald interviewed Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong and released the video on Sunday June 10, 2013.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden fled Hong Kong for Moscow on Sunday before asking embassy staff from Ecuador for asylum. Read more»

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop.

The annual United Nations survey on coca plant production in the Andean region serves as a kind of drug war report card — yet it’s hard to tell whether Colombia is passing or failing. 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»

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, taking refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to the U.K., spoke to the media Sunday. Read more»

Julian Assange speaks at an anti-war demonstration in London on Oct. 10, 2011.

Julian Asange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has formally requested asylum. 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»

President Obama with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Saturday during the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

Forget the horny Secret Service agents and their Colombian hookers. It was U.S. diplomacy that really got screwed at this weekend's Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. Read more»

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an Ecuadorean TV station that the Justice Department will sue over Arizona's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration, but the Obama Administration would not confirm it Thursday. Read more»

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