Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Image: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Top Story — Brazil’s Senate has voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and begin an impeachment trial over accusations that Rousseff manipulated the country’s budget to cover up economic troubles. LAND’s Brazil-based editor Cleuci de Oliveira was in Brasília for the impeachment vote. Her report examines last night’s impeachment vote and the process that led…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (Image: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil)

Top Story — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces an impeachment vote in the Senate today that will likely see her removed from power. The vote will mark a watershed moment in Brazilian politics after months of political wheeler-dealing, name-calling and last-minute legal maneuvers by both the president’s supporters and opponents. Wednesday’s vote will follow a…

The Guri Dam, one of Venezuela’s largest hydroelectric dams. (Image: Enrique Rodriguez Bencomo/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — Public sector workers in Venezuela will have two more two-day workweeks as the country’s socialist government attempts to deal with energy shortages caused by a crippling drought affecting the region. The extra days off are meant to save electricity, but opposition politicians have said that the shortened workweeks will only worsen an…

Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Colombia’s government will deploy military aircraft to fight the three major drug trafficking and illegal mining gangs in the country, the BBC reported. The announcement, made by Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas on Friday, signals a renewed focus by the Colombian government to fight the powerful criminal gangs that emerged from right-wing…

Abdul Waked, father of Nidal Waked and president of Grupo Wisa. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Colombian police arrested a top Panamanian businessman whose extensive banking, real estate and retail businesses, U.S. authorities allege, were used by Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers to launder profits. Authorities announced on Thursday that Nidal Waked was apprehended by Colombian police in a Bogota airport the day before, while the U.S. Treasury…

Brazil's Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha. (Image: PMDB Nacional)

Top Story — A Brazilian Supreme Court minister suspended Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from office on Thursday over Cunha’s alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. Cunha stands accused of taking $5 million in bribes as part of the scheme. Thursday’s decision puts a spin on the seemingly non-stop…

Raúl Mijango, a mediator of El Salvador's controversial 2012 gang truce. (Image: Youtube/Alejandro Muyshondt, screenshot)

Top Story — El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21 people involved in a controversial 2012 gang treaty that has since broken down, including former congressman and ex-guerrilla Raúl Mijango, who mediated the truce, as well as 17 other former government officials and three police officers, The Associated Press reported….

MUD opposition party leader, Jesús Torrealba. (Image: Carlos Díaz/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The Venezuelan opposition coalition, MUD, submitted more than 1.8 million signatures to the country’s election council to initiate the recall referendum process for President Nicolás Maduro. The signatures, collected in just five days, were nearly nine times more than the 200,000 required by the council and mark the first steps to remove…