Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Barack Obama during a 2013 bilateral meeting. (Image: White House, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he will seek $450 million in new aid for Colombia to continue fighting drug traffickers and guerrillas, and ensure a lasting peace with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The announcement, made during a trip…

Women attend to their children in a Brazilian hospital designed to treat microcephaly cases. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — As the Zika virus spreads throughout the hemisphere, concerns from women and reproductive-rights activists are on the rise. The fears stem from the seeming connection between the virus and the recent upsurge in Brazilian babies, particularly those in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, born with the neurological birth defect microcephaly. On Wednesday, researchers…

Outgoing Haitian President Michel Martelly. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Haitian opposition leaders on Tuesday rejected President Michel Martelly’s proposal that an interim government, approved by parliament, take over when he leaves office in four days. Haiti faces the prospect of becoming leaderless when Martelly steps down on Feb. 7. Presidential elections were postponed indefinitely in January after opposition candidate Jude Célestin…

Student activists protesting at Georgia State University on Monday, shortly before being arrested. (Image: Freedom University)

Undocumented students and activists in Georgia staged sit-ins at three state universities on Monday, calling for an end to policies they say unfairly deny undocumented student access to public higher education. Six students were arrested in the city of Athens after refusing to leave a building on the campus of the University of Georgia, and…

Maya-Q'eqchi victims at the opening of Monday's trial (Image: Prensa Libre TV)

Top Story — Two former soldiers in Guatemala went on trial Monday for the alleged rape, sexual enslavement, forced disappearance and murder of indigenous men and women in a 10-month period during the country’s 36-year civil war. The trial marks the first time in history that sexual slavery will be prosecuted as a war crime…

Cubans use a WiFi hotspot in the city of Camagüey (Image:

Top Story — The Cuban government will roll out broadband Internet service in two neighborhoods in Havana, the director of the state telecommunications company ETECSA announced on Sunday night. The pilot program, referred to as an “important milestone” by The Associated Press, will allow citizens in one of the least digitally connected countries in the…

Public health professionals working to combat the Zika virus in Brazil. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division now forecasts as many as 4 million cases of the disease could spread throughout the hemisphere, and governments across the region are scrambling to respond….

Protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, over likely corruption in the first round of presidential elections. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Organization of American States will send a special mission to Haiti to help the country emerge from an electoral crisis that has triggered violent protests in the past week, threatening to leave Haiti without leadership. Presidential elections scheduled for this past Sunday were called off indefinitely amid widespread suspicion of voter…

The U.N. Security Council (Image: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

Top Story — In a unanimous vote on Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to oversee the planned ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The vote came less than one week after negotiators on both sides of the peace talks asked the United Nations to establish a political mission tasked with…