South America is a continent named after explorer Amerigo Vespucci, bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, North America and the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 12 countries and disputed territories.
Bolivia's newly elected president, Luis Arce, has resumed the country’s membership in three major blocs aimed at regional integration, reversing moves by the previous “interim” government to withdraw from the left-leaning orgs.
The US has assigned its first ambassador to Venezuela since 2010. James Story, who has been leading a “virtual embassy” from neighboring Colombia, previously vowed to work towards a power “transition” in Caracas.
Hurricane Iota has hit Nicaragua, tearing roofs off buildings and mowing down trees as authorities order evacuations. Forecasters say it could be deadlier than Hurricane Eta, which killed more than 170 people this month.
Peru’s interim president, Manuel Merino, has announced his resignation after less than a week in office, as protests in the capital Lima to support his controversially impeached predecessor left two people dead and dozens wounded.
The Peruvian Congress has voted to oust President Martin Vizcarra on grounds of ‘moral incapacity’ and replace him with an interim ruler, plunging the Latin American country into a constitutional crisis.