Dec 11, 2013 — The song by Venezuelan rappers Apache y Canserbero tackles the rampant police corruption plaguing their country — but with a light touch.
Dec 11, 2013 — Nationwide elections in Venezuela have provided some breathing room for President Nicolas Maduro, who has been struggling with skyrocketing inflation and shortages of basic goods. Opposition parties had hoped to deal a stinging blow to Maduro, but instead he proclaimed victory and pledged to deepen the socialist revolution, including more government measures to control the economy.
Dec 10, 2013 — The country's President Jose Mujica says the prohibition of cannabis hasn't worked. The new law would allow the growing, selling and using of the drug.
Dec 10, 2013 — In Brazil, an investigative commission has released a report that says ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek, thought to have died in a 1976 car accident, was murdered by the 1970's military regime.
Dec 10, 2013 — President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday. It is believed to be the first handshake between leaders of the two countries since President Clinton greeted Raul's brother Fidel Castro at a U.N. meeting in 2000.
Dec 10, 2013 — Inflation in Venezuela — which has hit 54 percent this year — is among the world's highest. Basic goods like toilet paper and milk are out of reach for the average consumer. Presidential orders for business owners to empty their warehouses and slash prices are delighting shoppers, but dismaying shop owners.
Dec 10, 2013 — President Obama shook hands Tuesday with Cuban leader Raul Castro, a move that led to speculation about the future of ties between the two Cold War-era foes. But one expert says none of the issues separating the U.S. and Cuba will be resolved by a handshake alone.
Dec 10, 2013 — The national unemployment rate dropped to seven percent recently - the lowest level in five years. But things are going the other way in Puerto Rico: unemployment is at nearly 15 percent. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Rosario Rivera, economics professor at The University of Puerto Rico, and Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post, about why Puerto Rico's dismal economy may be a problem for everyone, especially if the Commonwealth defaults.
Dec 10, 2013 — For years, a car accident has been blamed in the 1976 death of former Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek. But a new inquiry has found the politician was murdered by the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil for 21 years.
Dec 10, 2013 — The lack of law enforcement in many regions has spurred looting that killed at least five people and injured hundreds. Some shop owners are taking up arms to defend themselves; others are closing down.