Uruguayan authorities confiscated some 2,000 kilos (4,400 lbs.) of cocaine at a small marina on the outskirts of Montevideo, the biggest drug haul in the history of the South American nation.
Some 1.9 million people in Haiti -- more than one in four Haitians -- are undernourished, according to a new report by the country's National Food Security Coordination Unit (CNSA).
Argentina ended its long struggle, landing a spot in next year's World Cup thanks to their 1-0 victory at bitter rival Uruguay behind an 84th-minute goal by substitute Mario Bolatti.
Fourteen films, thirteen from Latin America and one from Spain, are competing for the top prize at the XXIVth Latin American Film Festival in the Italian city of Trieste, where a prize will also be given for the first time to the work that best promotes coexistence among peoples.
Two Colombian police, part of a group of at least twenty-two uniformed personnel that the FARC guerrilla group are holding in the depths of the jungle and aim to exchange for five hundred captured guerrillas, mark eleven years of captivity.
The UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year and to keep its strength at current levels pending a hike in Haitian police capacity.
Martin Villa, one of the founders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group, died from a heart attack several months ago in a jungle area near the Venezuelan border, the Bogota daily El Tiempo reported, citing rebel deserters.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he will offer to reduce the pace of deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rain forest by 80 percent by 2020 when he attends December's global climate talks in Copenhagen.
Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy's 18,000 tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military said.
Colombia will ask neighboring Ecuador to join it in planning military operations against Marxist FARC rebels, Defense Minister Gabriel Silva.
Brazil's recent increase in defense spending is necessary to protect the country's resources and not a sign of expansionist policies, the country's defense minister said.
Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio de Janeiro was announced host of the 2016 Olympics on Friday, jumping and cheering in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach.