Latin America
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies
Venezuela's President Hugo Chaves died Wednesday at the age of 58, Nicolas Maduro, the country's vice president, announced.

No sign of Chavez after returning home
Yet there has been no sight of the 58-year-old Venezuelan president since he came home - during the night and without photos or fanfare - a week ago.

Colombia: Farc peace talks in Cuba adjourned for a week
The Colombian government and rebels from the Farc have concluded the first stage of peace talks aimed at ending five decades of conflict.

Mexico ex-mayor killed after surviving two attacks
The former mayor of a town in western Mexico, who had survived two earlier assassination attempts, has been beaten to death.

UN: Haiti faces 2013 food shortage after Hurricane Sandy
The UN in Haiti says 1.5 million people remain at risk of not having proper access to food in 2013 due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to run for third term
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has announced he will run for a third term in February's elections.

Sandy: Haiti appeals for international help after storm
The Haitian government has renewed calls for international emergency aid to help the country deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Cuba leader Raul Castro says island 'hard hit' by Sandy
Cuban President Raul Castro says the eastern province of Santiago was "hard hit" by Hurricane Sandy.

Fernando Haddad wins Sao Paulo for Brazil Workers' Party
Fernando Haddad of Brazil's governing Workers' Party (PT) has been elected mayor of Sao Paulo, the country's biggest city and financial capital.