Note: Before we get to today's headlines I would like to apologize for the absence of posts on Monday. Unlike the temporary shutdown of the blog earlier this month, I was too sick with a nasty cold to focus on blogging yesterday.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
* Brazil: Police detained four people connected to Sunday's deadly nightclub fire in Rio Grande do Sul that killed over 230 concertgoers.
* Guatemala: A Guatemalan court ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed roughly three decades ago.
* Mexico: Authorities in the northern state of Nuevo León found twelve bodies that may all be members of the Kombo Kolombia music group missing since a concert last Thursday.
* Ecuador: A former judge alleged that he was issued a bribe in order to find Chevron guilty of dumping chemicals in the Ecuadorian rainforest.
Online Sources: NPR, Reuters, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Latin Americanist