Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. (Image: Government of Ecuador, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — The whistleblower website Wikileaks has released documents detailing the extent of the U.S. surveillance that targeted Brazil’s president and others, causing a major diplomatic row in 2013. The documents, according to Wikileaks, show that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and several other key government officials, tapping their…

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…

(Diosdado Cabello speaking, Rafaelsigala12, CC BY SA 4.0)

Top Story — Representatives from the United States and Venezuela reportedly met on Saturday while visiting Haiti, a possible sign that the two governments are seeking to redress long-standing tension. U.S. diplomat John Shannon, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, spoke with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly. Cabello, widely considered…

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces Wednesday the indictment of 14 FIFA officials and marketing executives from across the Americas. (Image: C-SPAN, screenshot)

In a sweeping indictment announced on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department charged 14 marketing executives and top officials from international soccer’s governing body FIFA — 12 of whom are from Latin America or the Caribbean — in a bribery and kickbacks scheme dating back decades. Swiss authorities arrested seven FIFA officials early Wednesday morning at…

President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration reform last November. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — A federal appeals panel on Tuesday barred an executive order by President Barack Obama granting deportation protection and expanded rights to undocumented immigrants from taking immediate effect. The decision by the appeals court, which upheld an injunction issued in February, sides with 26 states that have challenged the president’s immigration order. President…

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart at a recent congressional hearing on agent misconduct in Colombia. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Michelle Leonhart, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will soon resign, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday, as controversy endures over her handling of a scandal involving DEA agents’ conduct in Colombia. According to an investigation by the Investigator of the Justice Department, the DEA’s parent agency, agents in Colombia…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Marc A. Hermann/New York City MTA, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, visited Cuba Monday to lobby for increased commercial ties between his state’s businesses and the island nation, despite the continued existence of a broader economic embargo targeting the latter. Cuomo and his delegation met on Monday with several top Cuban officials, including Rodrigo Malmierca…

Havana, Cuba, in March 2014. Removing Cuba from a list of stats sponsoring terrorism has been a sticking point in diplomatic talks with the United States.Gereth Williams, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his intention to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the latest step taken toward the normalization of relations between the two countries, and one that may hasten the process of restoring full diplomatic ties. The announcement had been anticipated since…