S Korea inaugurates first female president

Park Geun-Hye takes office amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test.


Chile envoy in Ghana over held Argentine ship

Chilean sailors among crew of vessel seized by Ghana over dispute with creditors about Argentina's 2002 bond default.


Trial of Suriname president put on hold

Muder trial of Desi Bouterse and 24 others adjourned until constitutional court can review recently adopted amnesty law.


Ruling party wins presidency in Guyana

Donald Ramotar's victory marks the fifth straight presidential election won by the South American nation's ruling party.

Latin America

French Guiana attracts tide of immigrants

Porous borders and "liberal" laws turn French region in South America into a gateway to Europe.


Smuggling blights Guyana gold rush

South American country is losing a third of its gold revenue each year due to illegal trading.


Will the UN backtrack on accessible medicine?

The US and Europe are pushing the UN to flout the Doha Declaration, which improves poorer countries' access to drugs.

by James Love


The great billion dollar drug scam: part two

The pharmaceutical industry uses dirty tricks to maximise profits at any cost, hurting sick people and taxpayers.

by Khadija Sharife


Suriname witnesses new gold rush

Members of the Maroon tribe compete for the precious metal with foreign mining company.