Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo, pictured in March, has previously said that a reduction in the age of criminal responsibility would be unconstitutional. (Image: Jefferson Rudy/Agência Senado, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s Lower Congressional House voted against a controversial constitutional amendment that would have lowered the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. The proposed bill, which polarized Brazil and led to a series of protests throughout the country, came only five votes short of passing in the early hours of Wednesday….

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla speaks about the U.S. commonwealth's economic crisis in a televised address to the public. (Image: La Fortaleza, public domain)

Top Story — In a televised speech delivered in a somber tone on Monday, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion public debt is “unpayable,” confirming similar remarks made yesterday to The New York Times, which laid out steps for the restructuring of the U.S. commonwealth’s debt obligations. “The public…

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Gardéa Padilla. (Image: La Fortaleza, public domain)

In a televised speech delivered in a somber tone on Monday, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion public debt is “unpayable,” confirming similar remarks made yesterday to The New York Times and laying out steps for the restructuring of the U.S. commonwealth’s debt obligations. “The public debt, considering the…

Protesters take to the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, to protest the economic policies of President Rafael Correa. (Image: El Universo, screenshot)

Top Story — Thousands of Ecuadorians protested in the streets of Guayaquil Thursday against populist President Rafael Correa’s government, calling for his resignation. Demonstrations were led by Mayor Jaime Nebot, a member of the opposition, who warned that Correa’s continued left-leaning economic policies were detrimental to the country. Protests first hit the country following the…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with U.S. Attorney in Miami Wilfredo Ferrer (second from left), announces Tuesday the indictment of 17 members of the drug-trafficking organization Los Urbeños. (Image: Department of Justice)

Top Story — Federal prosecutors in Miami unsealed indictments on Tuesday against 17 members of one of Colombia’s biggest narcotics cartels, charging a number of important cartel leaders in an effort to improve bilateral cooperation in anti-narcotics operations. The indictments were brought against leading members of Los Urabeños, a group that Colombia Reports has called…

Tibisay Lucena, President of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE). (Image: Agencia de Notícias ANDES, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Venezuela’s electoral council on Monday set a date of Dec. 6 for legislative elections, fulfilling a long-held demand of the political opposition, which is currently polling favorably against the incumbent socialist party. Tibisay Lucena, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), said the decision was not made due to pressure from…

Otávio Marques de Azevedo, the CEO of the construction company Andrade Gutierrez, was arrested on corruption charges Friday in relation to Brazil's Petrobras corruption scandal. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The heads of Brazil’s two largest construction firms were arrested on Friday in connection with a massive corruption investigation which continues to expand and may soon reach former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Marcelo Odebrecht, the billionaire CEO of the company that bears his last name, and Otávio Marques de Azevedo,…