As Europe struggles with multiple eurozone crises and economic downturn, emergent Latin America is tilting toward the Pacific region as a potential major partner for its diverse inventory of commodities, processed goods, minerals and other raw materials.
Military spending rose in Latin America last year, bucking a global trend that indicated downturns in Europe, North America and parts of Asia and Africa.
The Colombian rebel group FARC has sold its drug trafficking franchises in advance of a peace pact with the Colombian government, Colombia Reports reported.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.
South American leaders closed ranks around Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, as Chavez lay in state Thursday.
Colombian lawmakers say they have traveled to peace talks with FARC guerrillas in Cuba to consider allowing the rebel group to take part in politics.
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National Police in Colombia said 15,000 policemen are reporting to duty to maintain order as an estimated 30,000 coffee growers staged demonstrations.
An art and music festival set for one of Colombia's most violent cities has been canceled because necessary security could not be provided, the organizer said.
About 2,000 protesters in northeastern Colombia clashed with police after protesters blocked the entrance to four oil fields in Arauca, officials said.