May 16, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Stories we're watching

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1. Brazil's government announced a huge aid package yesterday for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by floods in the south of the country.

  • Authorities said they'll help people who have lost their homes purchase a new one and give each family 5,000 reais in cash (about $980).
  • At least 149 people have died in the last two weeks from the floods and heavy rains.

2. Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, who had been in jail for almost two years, was ordered released last night after a panel of judges deemed his detention too onerous.

  • Zamora will now be under house arrest as the trial against him continues. He's accused of money laundering and obstructing justice in a case that advocates say is unfounded and an attempt to silence the press.
  • Zamora was the publisher of elPeriódico, which regularly ran stories about previous government corruption and which had to shut down last year.

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