A plane carrying a Brazilian football team, journalists, and nine crew members crashed in Colombia, killing 71 and leaving six survivors. Brasilia has announced three days of national mourning.
Amazon River dolphins are threatened. At the same time, we still know very little about them. A transnational research project aims to change that now.
At least seven Latin American countries have elections next year, including heavyweights Mexico and Brazil. A disillusioning year of backward steps is ending, but prospects for 2018 are not much better, says Uta Thofern.
Ecuador's vice president has become the highest-ranking politician to be convicted over the Odebrecht bribes scandal. Other cases in Mexico and Colombia have shown the international reach of the corruption.
Several Latin American countries fear that the crisis in Venezuela will unleash a wave of refugees. Colombia wants to help, but it fears proposed border refugee camps could aggravate the problem more than alleviate it.
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