Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 10 in South America

The epic rainfall also has driven 160,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, said officials.

Avian evolution linked to climate change: Study
Avian evolution linked to climate change: Study

New research led by the American Museum of Natural History reveals that the evolution of modern birds was greatly shaped by the history of our planet's geography and climate.

Peru Catholic society admits sex abuse probe against founder

A secretive Roman Catholic society with chapters across South America and in the US has revealed under pressure that a Vatican investigator is looking into allegations that its founder sexually molested young recruits.

Nearly 700 killed by Dengue in Brazil: Health Officials

 Health officials in Brazil said Tuesday a record 693 people have died so far this year after contracting dengue fever, the deadly mosquito-borne disease running rampant across Central and South America.

Colombia-FARC peace deal `within six months`: President
Colombia-FARC peace deal `within six months`: President

The Colombian government and FARC rebels will sign a definitive peace deal within six months to end their half-century conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday as the two sides announced a major breakthrough.

Meet the paragliding spiders of South America

 Scientists have discovered a type of nocturnal hunting spider in South America, about two inches across, that is able to steer while falling - much like a wingsuit flyer - in order to return to the tree from which it fell.

Suicide pact with 'satanist' Facebook friend kills girl

A schoolgirl was found dead in a hotel room in the South American nation of Colombia after allegedly falling pray to satanic practices, a media report said.

No valid treaty with Chile when Verhoeven was arrested: Delhi HC told

The Delhi High Court was on Friday told that when a French woman, facing extradition to Chile for her alleged involvement in the assassination of a senator there, was arrested there was no valid treaty, convention or arrangement between India and the South American country.

Paraguay says US seeking extradition of ex-South America soccer chief
Paraguay says US seeking extradition of ex-South America soccer chief

The United States has sent Paraguay an extradition request for Nicolás Leoz, the former president of South America`s soccer confederation, who was arrested on suspicion of racketeering in a corruption probe, Paraguay`s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Pope Francis jokes he doesn`t `do drugs`

Pope Francis on Monday joked that he did not have to "take drugs" when questioned by a journalist as to the secret of his energy during a whirlwind tour of three Latin American countries.

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''
Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''

 Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess".

Pope laments corruption as `gangrene of a people`
Pope laments corruption as `gangrene of a people`

 Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the "gangrene of a people" on Saturday in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant.

Pope comes ''home'' to South America to defend planet and the poor
Pope comes ''home'' to South America to defend planet and the poor

 Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet.

Pope Francis heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet
Pope Francis heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet

 Pope Francis leaves Rome on Sunday for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a "homecoming" to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet.

Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent
Pope Francis takes message to forgotten corners of home continent

Pope Francis embarks Sunday on an eight-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America`s `peripheral` countries which share common challenges in addressing poverty, inequality and the legacies of past authoritarian regimes.

Brazil prison population rockets to world`s 4th largest

 The number of Brazilians behind bars has almost doubled in a decade, rocketing the South American nation to the world`s fourth largest prison population, authorities said Tuesday.

Ecuador`s embattled president suspends inheritance bill amid protests
Ecuador`s embattled president suspends inheritance bill amid protests

Rocked by a week of protests over a his government`s bid to redistribute wealth, and opposition calls for him to resign, Ecuador`s President Rafael Correa on Monday dropped the bill for now.

Papal charity shuns cash over FIFA scandal
Papal charity shuns cash over FIFA scandal

An educational charity launched by Pope Francis said Thursday it will no longer accept money from South America`s football confederation until allegations of massive corruption in world football are laid to rest.

Giant sauropod dinosaur may not be as large as thought

Using new three dimensional modelling, scientists have found that the giant sauropod dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, discovered by palaeontologists in South America in 2014, was not as large as thought earlier.

Former South America federation boss ill amid US charges
Former South America federation boss ill amid US charges

The former president of South America`s football confederation fell ill and was hospitalized in Paraguay on Wednesday as US authorities sought his extradition in connection with a FIFA corruption scandal.