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.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders begin hunger strike

 Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another high-profile detainee began a hunger strike Saturday to protest political repression in the South American nation.

Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas: Survey

Hacking attacks that destroy rather than steal data or that manipulate equipment are far more prevalent than widely believed, according to a survey of critical infrastructure organizations throughout North and South America.

RIP Malli Mastan Babu: 'Mountains retained its favourite child'
RIP Malli Mastan Babu: 'Mountains retained its favourite child'

Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who went missing since March 24 from Andes Mountains in South America, has been found dead.

Cuba gives its `unconditional support` to Venezuela against US

Cuba on Tuesday offered its "unconditional support" to Venezuela after US President Barack Obama authorized new sanctions against senior officials of the turbulent South American oil producer, Havana`s closest ally.

Pope makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown on Rome`s outskirts on Sunday, stunning poor residents, many of them from his native South America.

Pope approves martyr status for slain Salvadoran archbishop

Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a decree declaring slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr for the church.

Three red cards and Libertadores Cup has not even begun
Three red cards and Libertadores Cup has not even begun

The violence and misconduct that has often blighted the Libertadores Cup has reared its ugly head the week before the start of South America`s top club competition.

Dakar Rally: Nani Roma heads Mini 1-2-3 as Nasser Al-Attiyah stretches lead
Dakar Rally: Nani Roma heads Mini 1-2-3 as Nasser Al-Attiyah stretches lead

Defending champion Nani Roma led a Mini 1-2-3 in the Dakar Rally ninth stage on Tuesday as Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah increased his overall lead with four days action in South America to go.