In the hyperinflationary South American country, where bank notes are as difficult to find as chronically scarce food and medicine, Venezuelans are increasingly relying on to barter for basic transactions.
After a week of political protest in Nicaragua, at least 38 people — and possibly over 60 — are dead. President Daniel Ortega, whose government once seemed unshakable, has emerged weakened in the face of protesters demanding his ouster.
Some lawyers question why US border officials are unable to process the asylum-seeking migrants from Central America, as the "caravan" has made international headlines during its travels north through Mexico.
They are among more than half a million Venezuelans who have fled to Colombia, many illegally, hoping to escape grinding poverty, rising violence and shortages of food and medicine in their once-prosperous, oil-exporting nation.
In Peru, where it's hard to get a book contract, young writers put on wrestling masks and duke it out in the ring. But instead of wrestling, they're writing short stories, in front of an audience - on a clock.