Women attend to their children in a Brazilian hospital designed to treat microcephaly cases. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — As the Zika virus spreads throughout the hemisphere, concerns from women and reproductive-rights activists are on the rise. The fears stem from the seeming connection between the virus and the recent upsurge in Brazilian babies, particularly those in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, born with the neurological birth defect microcephaly. On Wednesday, researchers…

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…

A protest against police violence and racism in Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO — After celebrating 16-year-old Roberto de Souza Penha’s first paycheck on a late November night, Souza and his four friends were shot to death in their car while passing a military police patrol in Rio de Janeiro. As the black youth were driving back home, police allegedly fired on their car over…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. (Image: Jonas Pereira/Agência Senado, CC BY 2.0.)

Brazil’s Supreme Court issued two decisions Thursday that will assist embattled President Dilma Rousseff in her attempts thwart impeachment proceedings. The Court voted to invalidate the results of a secret ballot vote in the election of the impeachment commission and ordered a new open ballot vote, which likely be “more favorable” to Rousseff, the Wall…

Brazilian lower house Speaker Eduardo Cunha. Image: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR

Top Story — Brazil’s attorney general on Wednesday called for the Supreme Court to remove House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from office, arguing Cunha has used his position to obstruct a series of corruption probes against himself. Cunha, who himself initiated impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on Dec. 2, faces charges that he was linked…

Argentine President Mauricio Macri (Image: Argentine Government, public domain)

Top Story — Export taxes for Argentina’s major agricultural products will be eliminated beginning on Tuesday, President Mauricio Macri announced during a meeting with the Argentine Industrial Union on Monday. Export taxes will no longer apply to corn, wheat, fish and meat, while export taxes on soy will be reduced from 35 to 30 percent. Monday’s announcement…

Newly elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri, seen here in 2012 planting a tree in Buenos Aires. (Image: Mariana Sapriza/GCBA, CC BY 2.0)

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri entered the “Casa Rosada” today, bringing an end to 12 years of leftist “kirchnerismo” rule and ushering in, supporters hope, an era of economic liberalization and foreign investment. Macri’s narrow victory last month over establishment candidate Daniel Scioli has largely been attributed to economic concerns. With unofficial inflation rates hovering around…

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri and his predecessor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in 2104. (Image: Presidency of Argentina, Public Domain).

Hello subscribers, sorry for the delay this morning in sending you Today in Latin America. We have been having technical difficulties with our website, but they should now be solved. Thanks for your patience! — The LAND staff Top Story — Mauricio Macri assumed the presidency of Argentina today, signaling a shift away from the left-leaning…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. (Image: Roberto Stuckert Filho, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luiz Edson Fachin made the decision late Tuesday night to suspend impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, just hours after lawmakers dealt Rousseff a serious setback by approving a 65-member impeachment committee stacked with Rousseff’s opponents. The decision provides the embattled president relief after lawmakers voted 272-199 by secret…