It has one of the highest murder rates in the world and is deeply politically polarised. But arguably it is the poor state of its economy that is the most pressing of the problems facing President Nicolas Maduro. The BBC's Irene Caselli in Caracas takes a closer look at Venezuela's economy.
China lends disproportionately to countries that lack other options
"Socialism or death" is the stark choice that shouts down from the sign above a Havana steel firm. The words surround a painted image of Fidel Castro's face, a reminder that Cuba remains a very peculiar place to do business.
Latam economies: Instead of the crises of the past, mediocre growth is the big risk--unless productivity rises.