Dilma Rousseff goes into her second term facing greater challenges than her first time around.
The left has run the country since 2003, but now is presented with a very real threat from the conservative elite.
The 2014 World Cup has seen unprecedented levels of outrage and debate over poverty, Fifa, commercialism … and occasionally football.
The rise of powerful politician Katia Abreu, who disregards green issues, has alarmed Brazilian environmentalists.
The bid by aggrieved farmers to starve out the state has been met with tanks and troops ahead of the presidential election on May 25.
Venezuela's leader Nicolás Maduro says he'd join the protests he is trying to suppress, were they not right-wing ploys.
This week's teachers march in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro has drawn the biggest turnout since the wave of protests during the Confederations Cup in June.
The church and Pope Francis have been accused of complicit silence during Argentina's 'dirty war'.
The last episode of Avenida Brasil was a melodrama
A petro-giant is sweet-talking Amazonian villagers blessed with land that has resources worth billions. Jonathan Watts reports.