Former Brazilian football striker and current Senator Romário, who called for a local investigation into corruption at the country's soccer institutions. (Image: Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte)

Top Story — Several Latin American governments on Thursday began their own investigations into corruption at the international soccer organization FIFA, after the U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 marketing executives and FIFA officials, almost all of them from Latin America, on the previous day. Brazil’s federal police launched a probe into reports of tax evasion…

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces Wednesday the indictment of 14 FIFA officials and marketing executives from across the Americas. (Image: C-SPAN, screenshot)

In a sweeping indictment announced on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department charged 14 marketing executives and top officials from international soccer’s governing body FIFA — 12 of whom are from Latin America or the Caribbean — in a bribery and kickbacks scheme dating back decades. Swiss authorities arrested seven FIFA officials early Wednesday morning at…

President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration reform last November. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — A federal appeals panel on Tuesday barred an executive order by President Barack Obama granting deportation protection and expanded rights to undocumented immigrants from taking immediate effect. The decision by the appeals court, which upheld an injunction issued in February, sides with 26 states that have challenged the president’s immigration order. President…

Mexican federal police.

Top Story — Mexican authorities on Monday reaffirmed their earlier statement that a shootout Friday between federal police officers and suspected criminal gunmen was a legitimate engagement, in which not one of the 42 gunmen killed was executed. Mexico’s top federal police official, Enrique Galindo, said as much on Monday despite statements by people claiming…

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla. (Image: Government of Guatemala)

Top Story — The Guatemalan intelligence chief, as well as the ministers of the interior, environment and energy resigned on Thursday over a series of separate corruption scandals that have rattled the Central American country. The resignations come one day after police arrested 16 people, including the country’s central bank chief, as part of a…

Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro García Padilla. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Puerto Rico’s government submitted a budget request on Wednesday of around $9.8 billion, representing austerity cuts of some $674 million as the U.S. territory continues to face a harsh financial crisis after eight years of economic recession. Struggling under the weight of $72 billion in public debt, the island’s Governor Alejandro García…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Roberto Stuckert Filho)

Chinese officials announced on Tuesday a multibillion-dollar investment and loans package for Brazil, including substantial investments in the country’s crumbling infrastructure ahead of next summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was part of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s first official visit to Latin America, and comes at a fortuitous time for Brazilian President…

(Diosdado Cabello speaking, Rafaelsigala12, CC BY SA 4.0)

Top Story — U.S. authorities are investigating several top Venezuelan officials for drug trafficking, according to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which sides with prior accounts linking a top Venezuelan lawmaker to the narcotics trade. Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is reportedly a main target of the investigation…

(Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, Government of Guatemala)

Top Story — Thousands of Guatemalans staged a protest in the capital on Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina after his vice president stepped down in connection with a large corruption scandal. The demonstration in Guatemala City, which was accompanied by smaller rallies nationwide, does not appear to have been organized…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Chatham House, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is drafting legislation to give foreign investors and private companies more leverage over rural landowners, according to government sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. If passed in its current format, the proposed bill will comprise the most significant reform of land…