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Brazil’s currency is soaring after far-right candidate wins first round of presidential election

Brazil's currency jumped Monday following presidential elections over the weekend, where far-right fringe candidate Jair Bolsonaro easily secured a spot in a runoff scheduled for later this month.

Brazil’s unpredictable presidential election is ‘on a knife edge’ — here’s what it could mean for markets

In one of its most unpredictable and divisive elections since reclaiming democracy three decades ago, Brazil will vote Sunday for its next president and hundreds of lawmakers. Here's what that could mean for Latin America's largest economy.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at an event in Caracas, February 7, 2018.

Officials keep talking about intervening in Venezuela, and it’s drawing an ominous comparison

Since Trump's unexpected declaration that military action was an option in Venezuela, the US government has kept the pressure up, but the region is widely resistant to military intervention.
New citizens stand during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018.

The foreign-born population in the US is larger and more educated than ever, according to 2 key reports on the group

The ratio of people living in the US in 2017 who were born in another country reached its highest level since 1910. The largest share of people who immigrated into the US since 2010 were from Asia, followed by those from Latin America.
Brazilian armed-forces members patrol during an operation against organized crime as residents look on in Manguinhos slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 21, 2017.

Brazil took an ‘extreme measure’ to fight crime in one of its biggest cities, but it’s only made things worse

Brazil's government sent the army into Rio de Janeiro to take over public security. But crime and violence there haven't improved, and the operation's failure could have a much bigger impact.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a visit to the Monument to the Dead of World War II in Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2018.

Mattis gave a blunt warning against generals becoming politicians, and in neighboring country where this is happening

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling through South America to boost US ties, and while in Brazil, he was about the military's role in politics — a touchy subject in Latin America's biggest country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a military parade in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump keeps suggesting an invasion of Venezuela, and the government there keeps taking advantage of it

Venezuela's rapid deterioration and the spillover of its many crises were, in Trump's mind, reasons to consider military action against the country that has the world's largest oil reserves. The president reportedly cited what he considered successful past invasions of Panama and Grenada as justification.
Pro-abortion demonstrators take part in a protest in front of National Congress while an abortion bill is debated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 10, 2018.

Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade

"If there's something the US can learn from Latin America, it is that restricting abortion does not reduce the number of abortions. It only increases maternal mortality," Paula Avila-Guillen, a human rights legal expert from the Women's Equality Center, told Business Insider.
People wait in line to buy bus tickets at station in Caracas, Venezuela, May 21, 2018.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their homes, and it’s affecting the entire region — here’s where they’re going

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in neighboring countries in recent months, and the communities receiving them have struggled to deal with the influx.
Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a toast during the first day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, May 14, 2017.

China’s latest triumph over Taiwan points to its growing influence in the US’s neighborhood

China gained another victory in its longstanding dispute with Taiwan at the end of April, when the Dominican Republic cut ties with Taipei and recognized Beijing — a move that hints at China's growing clout in the region.