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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — On Friday, supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional gathered in Managua to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the repliegue táctico a Masaya (“tactical retreat to Masaya,” in English). Hundreds piled into buses flying Sandinista flags to make the traditional journey to the nearby city of Masaya, while others made…

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA — On April 9, 1948, Colombian liberal presidential candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán was murdered in downtown Bogotá. A hired hitman approached Gaitán at noon and shot him. The news spread rapidly and his followers were quickly enraged. This assassination is considered one of those key events that made violence escalate rapidly in Colombia…

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…

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff and her former Chief of Staff Jacques Wagner look out towards Brasília's Monumental Axis from Planalto Palace on Wednesday. (Image: Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil)

BRASÍLIA — The Brazilian Senate voted to approve an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday morning, following a marathon session that began on Wednesday and lasted nearly 22 hours. The Senate’s vote draws months of political dealing and sudden twists to a close. Rousseff is now forced to step down for up to…

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…

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…