Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.
Brazil says deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped by 18% in the past year, but campaigners dispute the figures.
Vets in Colombia begin to sterilise hippos descended from animals shipped to a private zoo which belonged to the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar.
Capoeira - a Brazilian martial art form combining dance - has been given a special protected status by Unesco, the UN's cultural arm.
Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.
The University of Texas acquires the archives of Nobel prize-winning late Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Mexico's government vows to take action on the rule of law and restore credibility in institutions, after the disappearance of 43 students.
US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.
Two retired Chilean colonels - Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos - are jailed for torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973.
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