Latin America
Frankenstorm' bears down on US east coast
Hurricane Sandy could merge with a winter storm to create what they have dubbed "Frankenstorm" as it churns towards the US, forecasters warn.

Seized ship crew back in Argentina from Ghana
Most of the crew of an Argentine navy ship, which was impounded as part of a debt dispute some three weeks ago in Ghana, are now back in Buenos Aires.

Sandy hits Cuba as category two hurricane
Sandy has strengthened into a strong category two hurricane as it makes landfall in south-east Cuba.

Panama president cancels Colon land sale after clashes
Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli says he will scrap plans to sell off state-owned land in the duty-free zone of Colon, after violent protests.

Mexico drug boss Lazcano's parent exhumed for DNA test
Officials in Mexico say they have exhumed the remains of one of the parents of a drug cartel leader killed on 7 October by the security forces.

Cuba's Fidel Castro attacks 'lies' about his health
Cuba's revolutionary former leader Fidel Castro has written a strongly-worded article condemning persistent rumours that he is on his death bed.

Colombia: Farc kills five in first attack during talks
The Colombian army says five soldiers have been killed by Farc rebels, in the first major incident since peace negotiations were launched on Thursday.

Two more Germans held over Dominican Republic 'sect' shootout
The Dominican Republic authorities have arrested two more German suspected doomsday cult members over a deadly shootout earlier this week.

Colombia and Farc negotiators launch Norway peace talks
Negotiators from the Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have set the stage for their first direct talks for a decade.