* Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez announced that he would halt electricity rationing that had been occurring nationwide since January.
* Cuba: A group of 74 dissidents including blogger Yoani Sanchez and protesting journalist Guillermo Farinas signed a letter supporting U.S. legislation to ease travel restrictions to Cuba.
* Haiti: The U.S. Congress has threatened to withhold millions of dollars in aid unless Haiti’s government implements specific judicial reforms.
* Peru: The government announced plans to sell a 20% stake in state-owned oil firm Petroperu though it may not be a popular measure with Peruvians.
Image – The Telegraph (“Police officers control traffic during a partial blackout in Caracas.”)
Online Sources- Wall Street Journal, BBC News, BusinessWeek, Reuters