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Cuba

Cuba released 65-year-old former U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor Alan Gross from prison today on humanitarian grounds, paving the way for normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

This week's likely top stories: Global leaders gather in Lima for the COP20 Climate Summit; Tabaré Vázquez wins the runoff presidential election in Uruguay; With FARC hostages released, Colombian peace talks are set to resume in Havana; Venezuela braces for impact as oil prices hit rock bottom; Cuba misses the mark on economic growth in 2014.

The argument for a prisoner swap with Cuba today should be humanitarian; its effect on U.S.-Cuban relations may be short-lived.

This week's likely top stories: Colombia’s peace talks suspended over kidnapping; U.S. will grant refugee status to select minors from Central America; Brazilian police arrest 27 in Petrobras corruption scandal; Cruise ship tourism is booming in Cuba; Pemex invests millions in hydrocarbon production and exploration.

Portraits and essays of the island's emerging leadership generation.
The non-state sector has expanded, but the red tape and bottlenecks haven't changed.
The plan to unify Cuba's dual currencies will produce winners—and losers.
The economic benefits are neither direct nor certain.
Cuba's rising entrepreneurs face special challenges, but their energies and creativity are recognizable the world over.
Cuba's rising entrepreneurs face special challenges, but their energies and creativity are recognizable the world over.

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