* Puerto Rico: The University of Puerto Rico will close for at least 48 hours after thousands of students went on strike to protest against academic changes and major budget cuts.
* U.S.: While one hate crime murder trial of an Ecuadorian immigrant ended on Long Island another one started in nearby Brooklyn.
* Brazil: The government awarded building rights to the construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam, which has been vehemently opposed by environmentalists and indigenous groups.
* Guatemala: The head of a U.N. commission on Guatemala has called on authorities to do more to combat widespread impunity.
Image – Claridad
Sources- BusinessWeek, New York Times, The Latin Americanist, United Nations, BBC News