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…

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….

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…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announces Tuesday the request for a U.N. monitoring force to oversee a future ceasefire with FARC rebels. (Image: César Carrión, public domain)

Top Story — The Colombian government and FARC rebels jointly requested on Tuesday that the United Nations set up a monitoring body to oversee the demobilization process that would follow a peace agreement between the two sides. Negotiators for both parties billed the request as proof of their commitment to end the half century-long civil…

Supreme Court President Gladys María Guitiérrez Alvarado announces the Decision to Invalidate Venezuela's National Assembly. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that “decisions taken or to be taken” by the opposition-led National Assembly are void until three opposition members who were previously barred are removed from office. The court banned four legislators in December — one from President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party and three from the opposition coalition…

Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela are sworn in on Tuesday in the National Assembly. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Venezuela’s opposition coalition gained control of congress for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as legislators were sworn in during an animated parliamentary session that The New York Times compared to a “professional wrestling smackdown.” The Democratic Unity Roundtable, Venezuela’s opposition coalition, won a coveted two-thirds majority in a landslide…

Venezuelan National Guard head Néstor Reverol (Image: Venezuelan Government)

Top Story — U.S. authorities will unseal drug trafficking charges against the head of Venezuela’s armed forces, who formerly headed the country’s anti-drug unit, as part of the U.S. government’s sweeping investigation into the role high-ranking officials allegedly played in transforming Venezuela into a global capital for cocaine trafficking. Néstor Reverol headed Venezuela’s National Drug…

Women of the FARC. (Image:

Top Story — Spanish police arrested Héctor Arboleda Albeidis Buitrago in Madrid on Sunday on claims that he performed over 100 forced abortions on female FARC rebels. The arrests follow an announcement Friday by Colombia’s Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre of an investigation into claims by 150 female former guerrillas who testified to being forced to…

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles. (Image: Youtube)

Venezuelan opposition leaders announced Monday that they had secured the 112 seats necessary to form a two-thirds supermajority in the legislature following mid-term elections the day before, which could allow them to enact sweeping changes and even challenge the mandate of President Nicolás Maduro. As of Tuesday morning the National Elections Council had yet to…

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in a televised address following the announcement of Sunday's election results. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Venezuela’s opposition coalition on Sunday won control of the National Assembly for the first time in nearly 17 years, dealing a major blow to President Nicolás Maduro and the socialist revolution established by his predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez. It is still undetermined, however, whether the center-right coalition was able to gain the…