Cuba

The French-based NGO Reporters Without Borders released a letter Monday urging the Cuban leader to release imprisoned journalists.

Top stories this week are likely to include: Cubans re-elect President Raúl Castro in one-party elections; Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman travels to London; Paraguay investigates the death of Lino Oviedo; Argentina reacts to the IMF after being censured; Mexican authorities conclude rescue efforts after PEMEX explosion.

A new law went into effect on Monday ending the requirement for Cuban citizens to have a government permit and an invitation letter from abroad when applying for a passport.

A changing domestic political climate has presented an opportunity for the U.S. to lead more actively within the hemisphere on issues of immigration, Cuba, drugs, and trade.

Cuba’s power grid gradually came back online yesterday morning after a massive blackout left 5 million Cubans without electricity on Sunday evening.

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