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…

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…

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…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2014. (Image: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, introduced impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday. The charges stem from an October ruling by an audit court that found Rousseff’s administration allegedly broke fiscal responsibility laws by using funds from the state-run bank to fill budget deficits and fund…

Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro. (Image: Chenyisyuan, CC BY SA 4.0)

Police in Rio de Janeiro on Monday announced they will investigate the apparent mob killing of an ice vendor in the city’s beachfront neighborhood of Ipanema over the weekend, The Associated Press reported. The death of Fabiano Machado da Silva, 33, is the most recent episode of vigilante justice to receive national attention in a…

A dam break flooded the Brazilian town of Mariana with toxic mud on Thursday. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Two dams holding iron-mine wastewater broke in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Thursday, flooding the nearby town of Bento Rodrigues with water, mud and potentially toxic mining tailings. Authorities have confirmed one death, though some local news sources report as many as 16 dead and many more missing. Rescuers continued the…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. (Image: Senado Federal, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s Supreme Court gave president Dilma Rousseff a temporary reprieve from the threat of impeachment on Tuesday, ruling against lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha on issues relating to methodology. Cunha, who has the power to begin impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, says that the delay will only put the process off a little…