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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuela's VP challenged rumors about Chavez's health, while GlobalPost's correspondent in Havana said the truth about the ailing president's condition is unclear. Read more»

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a March 2012 trip to Cuba.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba to undergo more cancer treatment, and has for the first time named a successor. Read more»

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Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano as seen from space Saturday.

Flights in South America were resuming late Tuesday, after being disrupted by clouds of ash from an erupting volcano in Chile, BBC News reported. Read more»

The United Nations has reprimanded Latin American countries that have decriminalized narcotic use, delivering a blow to the growing movement looking for a change in drug policy. It says it is particularly concerned by a 2009 law in Mexico that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Read more»