We've got a story out of South America starting things off. The leader of Brazil was officially impeached yesterday. Brazilian lawmakers voted 61 to 20 to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. In 2011, Rousseff became Brazil's first ever female leader and she was reelected in 2014.
But the country's economy had slipped into a recession by then and a major corruption scandal involving many Brazilian lawmakers including dozens from Rousseff's own political party took a toll on the president's popularity.
Rousseff was not accused of corruption herself and she insisted she committed no crime. She called the procedure against her a coup. But Brazil's senate found her guilty of breaking laws concerning the country's budget. The country's interim or temporary president, Michel Temer, will serve out the rest of Rousseff's term.
More than 10,000 people, that's how many migrants and refugees that Italy says it helped rescue in the Mediterranean Sea this week alone. This is part of an ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, said to be the largest migration to the continent since World War II. Several European countries are struggling to keep up with the number of people arriving and applying for permission to stay. Lawmakers are debating how many migrants to accept and how to insure security.
Many of the refugees and migrants themselves have fled war, poverty, terrorism and political instability.
They're moving over three main paths. First, the Eastern Mediterranean route: more than 162,000 migrants and refugees have come from war-torn Middle Eastern countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and they've headed toward Southeastern Europe. The Central Mediterranean route: more than 70,000 people, mainly from the African countries of Nigeria, Eritrea, Gambia. They're moving through North Africa in their way to southern Europe. And the Western Mediterranean route: more than 2,500 people, many from Western African countries, traveling through northwest Africa.
Their journey is often incredibly dangerous. At least 3,165 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year. You'll see how overloaded and under-equipped many of the boats are in this report by CNN's Ben Wedeman.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It is an unprecedented number of people reaching the Italian coast. Between late Sunday and Monday midnight, more than 6,500 people were picked up off the Libyan coast by the Italian coast guard, and others. After that, on Tuesday, 3,000 people picked up in 20 separate operations and they will be brought to Italy.
Now, among them are two twins, just five or six days old. Now, they have been transported by helicopter to the main hospital in Palermo, Sicily.
There, the doctors say, despite the fact that they arrived with — suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and hypothermia, that at least there, we have some good news. Their condition is improving.