"House of Cards" in Brazil: is Dilma Rousseff's fight for her presidency lost after parliament's vote to impeach her? Answers from our correspondent Philipp Barth.
Brazil has expelled Venezuela's charge d'affaires, a retaliatory move after its envoy was expelled last week from Caracas. Canada has also ordered Venezuela's ambassador to leave his post.
Peru's Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has pulled off a surprise victory against the opposition's bid to oust him from power for his alleged involvement in Brazil's corruption scandal. The motion to impeach fell eight votes short.
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.
The hype around BRICS, the association of emerging economies, has noticeably died down. But new chair South Africa is keen to continue the cooperation: It benefits both politically and economically from membership.
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