Florida declares state of emergency over storm Erika

Tropical storm expected to hit US state, Dominican Republic and Haiti, after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean.


Hurricane season sparks into life

Major storms are now developing in the Atlantic basin after months of inactivity, spearheaded by Hurricane Danny.

Human Rights

Puerto Rico's debt could shut down schools

Puerto Rico's debt - amounting to more than $72bn - could have adverse effects on schools, pensions and healthcare.

Latin America

Puerto Rico defaults on debt payment

US island territory fails to make a $58m debt payment after years of economic crisis.


US refuses to bail out debt-laden Puerto Rico

US territory of Puerto Rico seeks moratorium on repaying $72bn debt, but White House declines to offer much-needed help.

Business & Economy

Puerto Rico drought prompts water crisis

Some blame government for shortages as strict water rationing is imposed on island.

Latin America

Zero-emission rally car electrifies Dakar

Eco-powered race car, which cost more than $1m to develop, wows crowds at Dakar rally being held in Latin America.


Cristobal batters the Bahamas

After killing at least three people, Hurricane Cristobal finally creeps away from the Caribbean.

US & Canada

US probes Fort Hood shooter's motive

Official says argument may have preceded army base shooting spree in which soldier killed three and himself.


Spain rejects Catalonia referendum bid

Madrid says an independence referendum would be illegal, moments after Catalonia's president announced it for next year.

US & Canada

Problems put Puerto Rico's future in doubt

Whether debt-ridden island should become 51st state of USA is still undecided despite last year's two-part referendum.


US stops record numbers of illegal migrants

Almost 2,000 caught trying to cross into Puerto Rico by boat - up from five in 2009.


Venezuela expels US diplomats for 'sabotage'

Top US envoy and two others expelled after President Nicolas Maduro accuses them of meeting with opposition leaders.