Raúl Castro insists Cuba won’t abandon communism

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The detente may not overturn the island’s politics but will improve U.S. standing in the region, analysts say.

    Castro brothers face sharp test amid renewed diplomacy

    Castro brothers face sharp test amid renewed diplomacy

    If tensions with the U.S. ease, Cubans will look inward at the shortcomings of their Soviet-style planned economy.

    Latin Americans praise Obama easing Cuba embargo

    Latin Americans praise Obama easing Cuba embargo

    As Colombia rebels announced a cease-fire, neighbors hoped the changes will relax tensions.

    In Brazil, flimsy shacks and empty new apartments

    In Brazil, flimsy shacks and empty new apartments

    Squatters move in and take charge of modern buildings as the government housing plan falls short.

    Mexicans’ search for students’ bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths

    Mexicans’ search for students’ bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths

    Forty-three students went missing in September, but they were hardly the first. Their abduction by police has let loose a flood of new accusations.

    Obama to sign Venezuela sanctions, White House says

    Obama to sign Venezuela sanctions, White House says

    The president resisted the measures in the spring but now agrees with Congress to target specific officials.

    A persistent funk weighs down Brazil’s economy

    A persistent funk weighs down Brazil’s economy

    All sorts of factors have prevented it from performing as the people of the country think it should.

    Photos from around the region

    Mixed reaction to change in Cuba policy

    Supporters and opponents of Obama’s decision to normalize relationships with Cuba face off in Miami and Washington.

    U.S., Cuba move to end decades of enmity

    The two nations exchange prisoners and begin to overhaul relations.

    Alan Gross freed after
    5 years in Cuban prison

    U.S. officials announced the American’s release after a swap of prisoners.

    Anger grows over disappearance of 43 students in Mexico

    Protesters take to the streets — blocking highways, seizing town squares and vandalizing property — to demand accountability.

    In Bolivia, drilling brings tension to tribal areas

    The arrival of energy companies has brought protests from indigenous people whose land was recently returned to them.

    A hunger strike to help illegal immigrants

    Rosario Reyes is protesting near the White House, seeking relief for those such as she who are in the country unlawfully.

    Protesters in Mexico decry probable massacre

    Demonstrators take to the streets to demand justice for 43 students who are missing and presumed dead.

    Mexico official’s remark becomes rally slogan

    “Enough, I’m tired” is used as a hashtag by protesters.

    An Andean architect’s designs sizzle and shine

    Freddy Mamani livens up buildings in a big way with spellbinding mixes of color.

    Brazil’s workers stand divided over politics

    Will the Family Allowance mean reelection for the Workers’ Party president?

    Canada mourns after Parliament shooting

    A soldier was shot and killed at a war memorial and shots were fired in Parliament before the gunman was killed.

    Life in Alem Paraiba, Brazil

    This is Brazil’s Midwest, a friendly, unassuming place with a quiet sense of time to be killed and space to kill it.

    The natural beauty of Great Inagua

    The Bahaman island features a park that is home to 60,000 flamingos and more than 130 other bird species.

    Bolivia’s president expected to coast to a third term

    Evo Morales, a former coca farmer, has consolidated control over nearly every facet of government

    A knockout brand

    Mexican brand Cleto Reyes Boxing gloves are used by pro boxers around the world and considered the best in the industry.

    Clashes over housing in Brazil

    Riot police evicted activists occupying an abandoned hotel in Sao Paulo. Then violence broke out in the streets.