Rio de Janeiro has spent much of the past year trying to "pacify" its favelas — slums around the city that are home to a huge portion of the metropolis's population — as well as its crime. On Tuesday night, one of those favelas erupted in violence, prompting question in advance of this summer's World Cup.
Legendary writer Gabriel García Márquez put Latin America and magic realism on the literary map with his influential novels. From style to content, he is beloved by writers and readers around the globe.
Brazil's military has agreed to participate in a truth commission looking at the military's role in murders and disappearances committed after a coup in 1964. Author Peter Kornbluh has just returned from São Paulo.
Last December, Uruguay became the first country to regulate the sale and production of marijuana, from seed to smoke. Now, people who were growing pot illegally are preparing to start legitimate businesses.
Photojournalist Santiago Andrade was covering a protest in Brazil when an errant flare injured him and ultimately took his life. The only people who came to his aid were fellow journalists — the police just stood around.