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In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

Anti-government protesters wait for the Bolivarian National Guard to confront them with homemade shields. Alejandro Cegarra/For The Washington Post

The headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service is a vast pyramid-shaped edifice known as the Helicoide, a former shopping mall which now functions as an interrogation pen for political prisoners and protesters. The 30-year-old economics student had heard enough about the infamous building to be terrified as he was led into a dank cell in […]

This Mexican canyon is alive with the sound of music

This Mexican canyon is alive with the sound of music. Photo Credit: Jesus A. Rodriguez

The short route to Romayne Wheeler’s cliffside home in Mexico’s Copper Canyon is an hour-long ride in a five passenger charter plane from Chihuahua city. From the air it looks like a glass cocoon clinging to the edge of a canyon wall. Wheeler is an American-born concert pianist whose career spans nearly half a century […]

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in more danger than Sean Penn, experts say

Cast member Kate del Castillo poses during the premiere of the film "Book of Life" in Los Angeles, California October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo made the introductions between drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and actor Sean Penn that may have helped lead to El Chapo’s capture. Now some experts say that introduction may have introduced danger into the lives of del Castillo and her family. Del Castillo is one of the biggest actresses […]

Mexico Mayor Killed Less Than A Day After Taking Office

In this Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 photo, Gisela Mota waves during her swearing in ceremony as mayor of Temixco, Morelos State, Mexico. The Morelos state Public Security Commission says attackers invaded Mota's house on Saturday morning and killed her. (AP /Tony Rivera)

The mayor of a city south of Mexico’s capital was shot to death on Saturday, less than a day after taking office, officials said. Gunmen opened fire on Mayor Gisela Mota at her house in the city of Temixco, said the government of Morelos state, where Temixco is located. Two presumed assailants were killed and […]

Health Professor Turns to Space for Malaria Cure

Shamans outside Lima, Peru, hold up a statue of baby Jesus, or “El Nino” in Spanish, during a ritual asking for protection from El Niño. (AP Photo:Martin Mejia)

The Amazon sounds like an exotic place — home to uncontacted tribal peoples and ancient rainforests, the last of a vast wilderness that once covered much of South America. But in truth, the area is urbanizing at a rapid pace. In Peru, a nation whose eastern provinces overlay the Amazon, development has come at a […]

Woman raped into confessing husband’s murder in Mexico

Yecenia Armenta says she was hung upside-down by her ankles, suffocated, beaten and raped over the course of 15 hours. (

Having just lost her husband, Yecenia Armenta could never have imagined her life could get worse. But the then 39-year-old had no idea what lay ahead of her after she was bundled into a police car and charged with her husband’s murder. It was after her arrest that things took a turn for the worse, […]

Two Magnitude-7.6 Earthquakes Strike Eastern Peru


Two powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquakes struck near the Peru-Brazil border region within five minutes Tuesday evening. The first temblor occurred shortly before 6 p.m. local time Tuesday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was initially recorded as a 6.9 before being upgraded to 7.5 and eventually 7.6. The quake occurred 107 miles west-northwest of Iberia, […]

The Rise and Fall of Latin America’s Most Successful Progressive Party

Photo - Jordi Bernabeu Farrús / Flickr

Brazil’s Workers’ Party was once the pride of the New Left for an entire hemisphere. Now its 13-year rule hangs by a thread. The 13-year-reign of the Workers’ Party in Brazil hangs by a thread. More accurately, it hangs on 342 members of the lower legislative house. That’s the number of votes needed to accept […]

Authorities Assess Toll of Burst Dam in Brazil

A TV image showed the sludgy flooding that resulted from a burst dam in southeast Brazil. The number of casualties was not clear. Credit Tv Grab:Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A dam from an open-pit mining complex burst on Thursday in southeastern Brazil, flooding a nearby community and enveloping homes and cars in sludge. Rescue teams descending from helicopters scoured the site for survivors. The authorities said Thursday night that they were trying to determine the number of casualties, with Brazilian news organizations reporting that […]

Chilean Community, Once a Site of Torture, Reinvents Itself for Tourists

Villa Baviera, Chile, about 240 miles south of Santiago. Paul Schäfer, an evangelical German preacher, fled to Chile in 1961 to evade prosecution on charges related to sodomizing children. Hundreds of his followers came with him, and they established a sect called Colonia Dignidad. Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Claudio Pacheco took his family on an outing recently to Villa Baviera, a picturesque farming community tucked away in the foothills of the Andes. They ate a variety of German dishes and won a live deer in a raffle. And like other visitors, they spent much of the day wandering some of Villa Baviera’s 35,000 […]


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