One of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, has told a judge in Caracas that his trial on charges of inciting violence will be a test for the country's democracy.
Bolivia's left-leaning president, Evo Morales, has officially declared his candidacy for a third consecutive term and will run against four other candidates in October.
The area sown with coca, the key ingredient in cocaine and crack, is at an all-time low.
The United Nations has set a 2015 deadline for countries to meet various anti-poverty goals but not all nations in Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to meet the deadline.
In the fall of 2011, an eclectic group of people from the San Francisco Bay Area began making regular trips to Lima, Peru. Among them were architects, mechanical engineers, ethnographers, communication designers and education specialists.