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…

Former Guantánamo detainees Omar Abdelahdi, originally from Syria, and Adel bin Muhammad, from Tunisia, greeted the media from the balcony of their Montevideo house, following their arrival in December. (Reuters, Screenshot)

Top Story — Uruguay’s new government appears to be distancing itself from its predecessor’s decision to accept six former inmates from the United States’ detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, into the country in 2014. Speaking to a local radio station on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said, “It was a decision that in…

Cuban President Raúl Castro meets with U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh Summit of the Americas. (Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public domain)

Top Story — Cuban leader Raúl Castro said on Tuesday that the U.S. and Cuba will exchange ambassadors after the U.S. removes Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a sign that efforts by two countries’governments to normalize relations are proceeding. Castro made the announcement at Havana’s after the departure of international airport…