Monday, April 25
Brazil's opposition and its supporters celebrated as their country's lower house voted to support impeaching President Dilma Rousseff in a major blow to the long-embattled leader.
Rousseff is accused of using accounting tricks in managing the federal budget to maintain spending and shore up support. She has said previous presidents used similar maneuvers and stressed that she has not been charged with any crime or implicated in any corruption scandal.
The measure now goes to the Senate.
Rescuers and aid from around the world flooded into Ecuador for survivors of a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that flattened towns and killed at least 600 people. Hundreds of aftershocks have rattled the country since the April 16 quake and people continued to sleep outside and struggled to find food and water.
An explosion killed at least 32 people and injured dozens at a petrochemical plant belonging to the state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos on Mexico's southern gulf coast.
Families gathered at an entrance road to the plant, awaiting information about loved ones who worked there. Authorities eventually took small groups of people inside to see a list of those confirmed dead and some left crying after seeing their loved ones' names.
Fidel Castro, who held power in Cuba for nearly five decades before ill health forced him to step aside for his brother Raul, delivered a rare speech to the country's parliament. He called on legislators to fight for his communist ideals even though he is nearing the end of his life.
"This may be one of the last times I speak in this room," Castro told them. "We must tell our brothers in Latin America and the world that the Cuban people will be victorious."
Photo gallery curated by Anita Baca in Mexico City.
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