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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Mexico has officially been invited to enter into discussions over an emerging free-trade pact after being left out of the initial dialogue. Read more»

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala surveys an area of military rescue operations in Cuzco, Peru.

As some Latin American leaders call for legalization of narcotics, Peru — a leading coca grower — remains opposed. A former anti-drug czar-turned-dissident explains why. Read more» 1

A stationary gold mining operation on the Madre de Dios, 2007.

Record gold prices are claiming an unlikely victim: the lush, spectacularly biodiverse rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon, as new speculators enter the mining business Read more»

Peru's new government under President Ollanta Humala is drawing up a broader, more sophisticated strategy that accepts that simply wiping out coca by force will not succeed. Read more»

A bullfight at Plaza de los Toros in Cancún, Mexico, on May 3, 2007.

Activists who gathered in Lima last week to protest the mistreatment of bulls agree: "Bullfighting promotes violence, torture and cruelty to animals for no reason," William Soberon, of the Anti-Bullfighting Front of Peru, told La Republica. "We're not in the colonial era." Read more» 1

The Department of State, which received more $1 billion for international counter-narcotics programs last year, doesn’t have a central database to track its anti-drug programs. Read more»

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Leaders of an international leftist alliance descended on Managua this week to compare revolutionary credentials and strategize their next move in their hemispheric struggle against neoliberalism. Read more»

Critics contend "The Star-Spangled Banner" is hard to sing, glorifies war and is set to the music of an English drinking song. But that’s nitpicking compared to the problems with Peru’s dirge-like national anthem which invokes slavery, humiliation and horror — all in the first stanza. Read more»

A Latin American decade? The term is starting to be tossed around. We won't pretend to have a magic eight ball, but there's certainly plenty to watch in the region. Read more»

Gone are the days when McDonald’s fliers boasting of well-balanced meals of cheeseburgers and French fries landed on Chilean doorsteps. Now there is talk of taxing junk food and putting warnings on fatty foods to combat Chile’s exploding obesity rates. Read more»

The side-striped palm pit viper is found in the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama.

In most Indian villages there is an "ojha," or a magician who doubles as a medicine man. The ojha can cure snake bites with mantras and by rubbing leaves and homemade pastes on the wound. Read more»

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