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…

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla. (Image: PresidenciaRD/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla announced on Sunday that his administration has enacted a debt moratorium, meaning the U.S. territory will default today on a $422 million payment — the largest default to date for the crisis-stricken island. The announcement comes after the U.S. government failed to agree on a restructuring…

Campaign posters in Haiti. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — The U.S. State Department’s coordinator for Haiti, Kenneth Merten, arrived in Port-au-Prince Thursday “to assess progress” in the country’s troubled presidential election, a phrasing meant to avoid the perception of meddling in Haiti’s affairs, The Associated Press reported. Merten’s talks with Haitian officials, lawmakers and international partners focused on how to execute…

A Maracaibo Shop Manager Surveys Her Looted Store (Youtube)

Top Story — Venezuelans across the country protested on Tuesday night, lighting fires and looting stores for food in response to new energy-saving measures that will shorten the workweek of millions of government officials to two days. The protests were stoked after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday that government employees would only work…

Cardinal Jaime Ortega. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Cardinal Jamie Ortega, the longtime leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba and a key player in the clandestine negotiations that resulted in resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, stepped down on Tuesday. His retirement was expected, and he will be replaced by Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the Senate leader Renan Calheiros. (Image: Brazilian Senate, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Looking ahead to a 2018 presidential run, Brazil’s largest opposition party is split on the degree to which they will support a provisional government in the likely case that President Dilma Rousseff is impeached through a Senate vote on May 12. Senior members of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) said Monday…

Demonstrators in New York commemorate the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

Top Story — Mexican police tortured key suspects in the case of the 43 students who went missing in September 2014 in Mexico’s Guerrero state, according to the final report produced by a team of outside investigators. The report, conducted by an interdisciplinary group of experts and overseen by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,…

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa briefs reporters on relief efforts following a deadly earthquake on April 16. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office on Thursday announced that the death toll from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday has reached at least 587. Although the government has set up temporary accommodations for at least 25,000 people in soccer stadiums and airports, Reuters reported, aid has not reached many of those worst affected, especially…