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Brazilian Senator and former President (1990-1992) Fernando Collor de Mello gestures during the debate on suspending and impeaching President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia on May 11, 2016. A simple majority in the 81-member Senate will trigger Rousseff's six-month suspension pending trial. A two-thirds majority would then be needed to remove her permanently. / AFP / EVARISTO SA (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

First President to Be Impeached in Brazil Voted for Rousseff Ouster

Fernando Collor de Mello knows the Brazilian impeachment process well. In 1992, as president, he faced impeachment proceedings against him for alleged corrupt activity. He stepped down before the Senate could vote him out, has returned as a senator, and voted “yes” to impeach now ex-president Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday.

World Leaders Address The UN General Assmebly

First Argentina, Then Brazil: Cuba Is Losing All Its Friends

The “Bolivarian Revolution” is facing the biggest challenge in its history, as Latin America’s impoverished people turn on their socialist leaders. With Dilma Rousseff out as Brazil’s president and a recall effort started on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Cuba stands to lose friendships it has taken decades to cultivate in the region.

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the police during a demonstration in San Cristobal, on May 11, 2016.
Thousands of Venezuelan opposition took to the streets to demand the National Electoral Council (CNE) to accelerate the process of a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. / AFP / George Castellanos        (Photo credit should read GEORGE CASTELLANOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Attack Venezuelan Protesters, Politicians with Tear Gas over Recall

The Venezuelan opposition has begun a process to recall socialist President Nicolás Maduro, one that has outraged Venezuelans as the government stalls verifying the signatures to allow the process to go on. Thousands took to the streets Wednesday to demand Maduro address the recall effort properly, triggering widespread police violence.

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Brazilian Researchers: Zika Has Mutated into Something More Dangerous

A new study has allowed scientists to watch the Zika virus destroy nascent brain cells in mice fetuses, proving definitively the link between the virus and birth defects in humans as well as cementing suspicions that the strain of Zika spreading in Latin America is a more dangerous mutation than those seen previously.

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Harvard Public Health Review: Postpone Rio Olympics Until Zika Is Under Control

Blasting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) silence on the Zika virus in Latin America as “deplorable, incompetent and dangerous,” professor Amir Attaran writes in the Harvard Public Health Review that there is no way to continue with the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on schedule without exposing millions to the threat of contracting Zika virus.

NIGERIA, Kano : A screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, dismissed again government claims about ceasefire talks and threatened to kill the man who has presented himself as Boko Haram’s negotiator. AFP PHOTO / HO / BOKO HARAM

Boko Haram Offering Business Loans as Recruitment Drive

As ongoing operations have left the Islamic State-affiliated terror group Boko Haram significantly depleted of ammunition and members, the group is now offering business loans to poor Nigerians in exchange for spying on local soldiers, conversion to Islam, or joining the Boko Haram jihad entirely.

Philippines presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte faced a storm of criticism after a video showed him making crude remarks about a female Australian missionary who was raped and killed during a prison riot in 1989

Post-Presidential Election, China Pressures Philippines to Back Down in South China Sea

The Philippines has a new president: an aggressively anti-crime mayor who has vowed to jet-ski to the disputed territories of the South China Sea and personally plant a Filipino flag. China’s state media have reacted to Rodrigo Duterte’s election with an invite to “win-win cooperation” – coupled with a threat that it will respond in kind to any “blackmail” regarding its colonization of Philippine territory.