Luciano Menéndez, Army Chief in Brutal Argentine Era, Dies at 90

BUENOS AIRES — Former Gen. Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, one of the most notorious oppressors during Argentina’s era of brutal dictatorship, from 1976 to 1983, died on Tuesday in the...

In Rio de Janeiro, ‘Complete Vulnerability’ as Violence Surges

RIO DE JANEIRO — For teachers in this seaside megacity, Rio de Janeiro’s surge in violence has meant making a life-or-death judgment call with unnerving frequency: deciding whether to...

Five Things I Learned on My Quebec Road Trip: The Canada Letter

Hi! It’s Dan Bilefsky. It’s been a frenetic 11 days on my road trip through Quebec. I ended the trip in proud and scenic Saguenay, an important center for...

Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?

MONTREAL — In an octagonal chamber at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, a spectator in a trance-like state hums Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as numbers on a digital display...

What Moves Gravel-Size Gypsum Crystals Around the Desert?

The Salar de Gorbea, some 13,000 feet above sea level, in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, is like another planet. Active volcanoes dominate the muted, but colorful, vegetation-free...

Mexico’s New Foreign Minister Was Advocate of Visit by Donald Trump

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, in a move to improve his government’s footing as it prepares for the presidency of Donald J. Trump, on Wednesday...

Playing for Fans Who Travel, Dominicans Feel Right at Home

MIAMI — The empty upper decks at Marlins Park on Sunday night said much about the stateside appeal of the World Baseball Classic. The host country was playing Canada...

Yellow Fever Outbreak Is Taking a Toll on Brazil’s Monkeys. So Is Panic.

RIO DE JANEIRO — As fears spread in Brazil over the resurgence of yellow fever, health officials are issuing a warning: Stop killing the monkeys. Some assailants clubbed monkeys to...

As Nicaragua Death Toll Grows, Support for Ortega Slips

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — It has been two weeks since lethal clashes between protesters and pro-government forces erupted in Nicaragua, and the number of deaths is still not clear. But...

As Canada Turns 150, a Return to Expo 67 and a Time of Reinvention

MONTREAL — It didn’t seem very Canadian. For Expo 67, this usually modest and frugal country spent vast amounts of money to create islands within the St. Lawrence River and...