Maya-Q'eqchi victims at the opening of Monday's trial (Image: Prensa Libre TV)

Top Story — Two former soldiers in Guatemala went on trial Monday for the alleged rape, sexual enslavement, forced disappearance and murder of indigenous men and women in a 10-month period during the country’s 36-year civil war. The trial marks the first time in history that sexual slavery will be prosecuted as a war crime…

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….

A worker fumigates in an effort to kill mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The mosquito-borne Zika virus is wreaking havoc throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, most prominently in El Salvador and Brazil, prompting both nation’s leaders to issue warnings on Thursday about its possible connection to a rare birth defect. In a televised address on Thursday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urged the population to…

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. (Image: Organization of American States, Public Domain)

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández said Wednesday that his government will likely extradite billionaire businessman Jaime Rosenthal to the United States on charges of money laundering through his family’s Banco Continental. Rosenthal, who is suspected of working for drug traffickers who have made the country one of the world’s most violent, would be the wealthiest…

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Guatemala’s new President Jimmy Morales took office on Thursday. The former comedian rode into office on a wave of populist discontent, but in the wake of his election observers have raised concerns over his lack of political experience and his party’s ties to human rights abuses committed during the country’s 36-year civil…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in an address to the National Defense University on Wednesday that the country will expand the number of Central American refugees it admits into the country with the help of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations. The announcement of the new refugee policy is…

Guatemala Attorney General Thelma Aldana (Image: Canal Antigua, YouTube)

Guatemalan authorities detained 18 former military officials over alleged human rights violations carried out during the country’s 36-year civil war, the same day that officials in El Salvador announced that they would seek the arrest of 17 ex-soldiers linked to the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during its own 12-year civil war. The 18…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Some 800 unaccompanied child migrants who traveled to the United States from Central America in the last few months will be relocated to two Dallas area campsites over the next few days. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that at least 10,588 unaccompanied children crossed into the United States in October and November…

Guatemalan police stand guard outside Canada Rehabilitation Farm, the site of a riot that left 17 dead. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Two thousand police officials finally managed to get a Guatemalan prison under control on Monday after a fight broke out that resulted in the death of 17 inmates, seven of whom were decapitated. Violence allegedly erupted between Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs as well as unaffiliated inmates on Sunday afternoon at the…

Cuban migrants traveling to the United States by sea. (Image: Duke University Libraries CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Cuban officials have blamed U.S. policy for the recent surge in migration from the island to the United States, which has created a border crisis in Central America. In a statement issued Tuesday, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations said that the Cold War-era “wet-foot, dry foot” policy, which eases the residency process…