Interim President Michel Temer has quickly appointed an all-male, all-white cabinet, after Brazil's Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff. He has pledged to rejuvenate the Brazilian economy in what Rousseff's supporters claim is a coup.
Peru's lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to launch impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Kuczynski. The president is under fire for allegedly taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
German engineering giant Siemens has announced plans to triple its investments in Brazil. It said the new resources would mainly go into electrification, automation and digitalization projects across the nation.
Marielle Franco, a rising star of Brazilian politics, has been murdered in what appeared to be a political assassination. Franco had accused Rio's police of killing innocent people in their battle with drug gangs.
For a long time, news from Brazil mostly meant bad news. The talk was of nepotism, corruption and the worst economic crisis in history. That seems to be in the past, reports DW's Manuela Kasper-Claridge from Sao Paolo.
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