Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Roberto Stuckert Filho)

Chinese officials announced on Tuesday a multibillion-dollar investment and loans package for Brazil, including substantial investments in the country’s crumbling infrastructure ahead of next summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was part of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s first official visit to Latin America, and comes at a fortuitous time for Brazilian President…

Former Guantánamo detainees Omar Abdelahdi, originally from Syria, and Adel bin Muhammad, from Tunisia, greeted the media from the balcony of their Montevideo house, following their arrival in December. (Reuters, Screenshot)

Top Story — Uruguay’s new government appears to be distancing itself from its predecessor’s decision to accept six former inmates from the United States’ detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, into the country in 2014. Speaking to a local radio station on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said, “It was a decision that in…

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Top Story — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced the replacement of five cabinet ministers and the transfer of four others on Monday — a move characterized as “sweeping” and “ without precedent in recent Chilean history” — in a bid to overturn her government’s growing unpopularity. The announcement follows news on Wednesday that Bachelet had…

Supreme Court Justice Blanca Stalling was named in the recordings obtained by The Associated Press. (Image: Youtube, Screenshot)

Top Story — A Guatemalan Supreme Court justice has been linked to a massive tax corruption scheme, according to recorded conversations obtained by the Associated Press, demonstrating the reach of a case which, on Friday, prompted the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti. The judge, Blanca Stalling, was named in an April 16 conversation between…

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet requested all her ministers submit resignation packages Thursday so that she could form a new cabinet in the coming days. Bachelet broadcast her decision during an interview with Canal 13, saying that a cabinet shift was needed to promote reform. Bachelet has been trying to push through an…

The Calbuco Volcano erupts in Chile (Youtube).

Top Story — Authorities in Chile have ordered the evacuation of at least 4,000 people after eruptions by the massive Calbuco volcano generated an ash cloud some 10 miles (six kilometers) high. The volcano, located in the southern region of Los Lagos and dormant since 1972, first erupted on Wednesday afternoon, and then again shortly…

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BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious circumstances under which Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman died in January of an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head has spawned a number of theories that challenge the official narrative put forth by the government. Nisman was found dead in his apartment on the night of January 18, one…

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Thousands of students demonstrated in favor of education reform in Chile on Thursday — specifically free higher education — while decrying recent corruption scandals that have rocked the country . The protests remained largely peaceful as students marched through the streets of Santiago under the banner of “Chile Decides Its Education”, but became violent when…

​Citibank's Buenos Aires headquarters, which were inspected Monday by government regulators. (Elsapucai, public domain)

Top Story — The legal battle between Argentina and a group of U.S. creditors flared up again on Monday, when regulators from Argentina’s central bank inspected Citibank’s Buenos Aires headquarters after the company’s CEO was suspended last week. The spat is the result of arguments about debt restructuring in Argentina, which defaulted on its debt…