Campaign posters in Haiti. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — The U.S. State Department’s coordinator for Haiti, Kenneth Merten, arrived in Port-au-Prince Thursday “to assess progress” in the country’s troubled presidential election, a phrasing meant to avoid the perception of meddling in Haiti’s affairs, The Associated Press reported. Merten’s talks with Haitian officials, lawmakers and international partners focused on how to execute…

A Maracaibo Shop Manager Surveys Her Looted Store (Youtube)

Top Story — Venezuelans across the country protested on Tuesday night, lighting fires and looting stores for food in response to new energy-saving measures that will shorten the workweek of millions of government officials to two days. The protests were stoked after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday that government employees would only work…

Cardinal Jaime Ortega. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Cardinal Jamie Ortega, the longtime leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba and a key player in the clandestine negotiations that resulted in resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, stepped down on Tuesday. His retirement was expected, and he will be replaced by Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the Senate leader Renan Calheiros. (Image: Brazilian Senate, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Looking ahead to a 2018 presidential run, Brazil’s largest opposition party is split on the degree to which they will support a provisional government in the likely case that President Dilma Rousseff is impeached through a Senate vote on May 12. Senior members of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) said Monday…

Demonstrators in New York commemorate the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

Top Story — Mexican police tortured key suspects in the case of the 43 students who went missing in September 2014 in Mexico’s Guerrero state, according to the final report produced by a team of outside investigators. The report, conducted by an interdisciplinary group of experts and overseen by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,…

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa briefs reporters on relief efforts following a deadly earthquake on April 16. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office on Thursday announced that the death toll from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday has reached at least 587. Although the government has set up temporary accommodations for at least 25,000 people in soccer stadiums and airports, Reuters reported, aid has not reached many of those worst affected, especially…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaking at in New York at a special session of the U.N. General Assembly focused on the global drug problem. (Image: Presidencia de México)

Top Story — At the first United Nations special session to bring together world leaders to discuss global drug policy in 20 years, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto called for more humanitarian policy approaches and indicated that his country would introduce medical-marijuana legislation in the coming days. The special session was called after representatives from Mexico,…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the Senate leader Renan Calheiros. (Image: Brazilian Senate, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Monday spoke out against the decision the night before by the lower house of Congress to proceed with her impeachment, vowing to fulfill her mandate until she is forced to step down, The Associated Press reported. After 367 of the 513 members of the Chamber of Deputies…

Damage from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Ecuador over the weekend. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Residents of rural Ecuadorian towns west of Quito are reeling following the country’s most devastating earthquake in 40 years. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Saturday night near the town of Muisne, although the greatest damage to life and infrastructure was felt in the coastal region of Manabí. Residents of Manabí’s regional capital Portoviejo,…