What We're Following This Evening

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Brazil’s big moment: Legislators in the country’s Senate are voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over allegations she hid federal budget troubles while campaigning for her second term in 2014. Voting is an hours-long process. If the chamber approves impeachment, Rousseff would be suspended and face a trial that could last six months. The backstory here.

Gay rights in Italy: The country’s parliament has approved a law recognizing civil unions of same-sex couples, The New York Times reports. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi supported the bill, while the Roman Catholic Church opposed it.

The UN’s role in international conflicts: The U.S. has joined 28 other countries to support a new set of rules that give United Nations peacekeeping troops and police the right to use force to protect civilians in armed conflicts, the AP reports:

“The Kigali Principles are designed to make sure that civilians are not abandoned by the international community again,” [U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power] said, recalling how U.N. peacekeepers left Rwanda before the 1994 genocide and Srebrenica before the 1995 massacre.

News from this afternoon here