Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Image: Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Top Story — Brazilian prosecutors are reportedly investigating former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for allegedly using his influence abroad to lobby for Brazilian business interests, confirming Silva’s expressed fears that a historic corruption investigation would eventually reach him. Prosecutors are investigating whether Silva encouraged foreign governments to award expensive contracts to the conglomerate…

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…

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Marco Aurélio Mello (Image: Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR)

BRASÍLIA, Brazil — A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has described the approval of a controversial measure to lower the age at which a person can be tried as an adult from 18 to 16 as an illegal maneuver under the terms of the Constitution, and has intimated to The Latin America News Dispatch that his…

Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo, pictured in March, has previously said that a reduction in the age of criminal responsibility would be unconstitutional. (Image: Jefferson Rudy/Agência Senado, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s Lower Congressional House voted against a controversial constitutional amendment that would have lowered the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16. The proposed bill, which polarized Brazil and led to a series of protests throughout the country, came only five votes short of passing in the early hours of Wednesday….

Otávio Marques de Azevedo, the CEO of the construction company Andrade Gutierrez, was arrested on corruption charges Friday in relation to Brazil's Petrobras corruption scandal. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The heads of Brazil’s two largest construction firms were arrested on Friday in connection with a massive corruption investigation which continues to expand and may soon reach former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Marcelo Odebrecht, the billionaire CEO of the company that bears his last name, and Otávio Marques de Azevedo,…

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. (Image: A. Davey, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Eight Brazilian senators had the bus in which they traveling pelted with stones as they traveled from the Caracas airport in Venezuela to visit a jailed opposition leader. The senators were forced to flee and Brazil’s foreign ministry is seeking an explanation from Venezuela’s government. The senators were planning to visit Leopoldo…

President Dilma Rousseff on a 2010 visit to Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer. (Image: Dilma Rousseff, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday announced her government’s plans to spur investment in infrastructure, an effort which could help modernize the country’s roads, bridges, ports and airports as well as kick-start its struggling economy. The initiative emphasizes the role of private finance in projects like airport renovations, Reuters reported, along with…

Former Brazilian football striker and current Senator Romário, who called for a local investigation into corruption at the country's soccer institutions. (Image: Comissão de Educação, Cultura e Esporte)

Top Story — Several Latin American governments on Thursday began their own investigations into corruption at the international soccer organization FIFA, after the U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 marketing executives and FIFA officials, almost all of them from Latin America, on the previous day. Brazil’s federal police launched a probe into reports of tax evasion…