U.S. President Barack Obama announcing executive orders on immigration in 2014. (Image:White House, Public Domain)

Top Story — On Tuesday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama announced it will appeal a Monday ruling made by a federal appeals court that jeopardized the administration’s plan to forestall the deportation of some 5 million people. The appeal sets the stage for a potential summer Supreme Court hearing on the controversial immigration…

United Nations Plaza, New York City. (Image: Banfield, CC BY-SA 2.5 ar)

NEW YORK — Advocates of Puerto Rican self-determination have for decades claimed that their status as a U.S. commonwealth amounts to second-class citizenship, but regular petitions to the United Nations’ Special Committee on Decolonization have so far been fruitless. This year, however, leading figures in the statehood and independence movements are more hopeful than ever…

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…