Colombian army troops have killed at least seven FARC fighters in an operation in the central area of Tolima, the military has said.
President Barack Obama told a German television in an interview that he would not allow America's massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with Germany and other close US allies.
Several close associates of the former Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, have been accused of the murder of journalist Jean Dominique, one of the country's most notorious political assassinations.
Mexican federal forces have increased efforts to take control of the violent western state of Michoacan, as masked vigilantes and members of one of the country's most powerful cartels fight for control of the state's lawless regions.
Brazil has announced the country's plan to change its immigration law to make it easier for foreign workers to enter the country and meet growing demands for labour.
President Barack Obama has said he has banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of allied countries but stopped short of saying spies would stop collecting data on the bulk collection of American citizens' phone data.
Three US teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, who later committed suicide, have been sentenced to between 30 and 45 days in a juvenile detention centre.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has named an army general as the new finance minister in a reshuffle of his economic team while saying there will be no currency devaluation this year.
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|William A. Cook|