* Mexico: Political infighting appeared to be the reason behind replacing Fernando Gomez Mont as interior minister with a “little-known pick”.
* El Salvador: U.S. immigration officials extended the temporary protected status deadline for Salvadorans days after it was also extended for Haitians.
* Cuba: Spanish firm Repsol has commenced "the exploration stage" of oil drilling near the Cuban coast, much to the chagrin of some U.S. legislators.
* Latin America: According to OPEC the global need for oil will increase by a million barrels per day next year partly as a result of increased demand from Latin America.
Image – BBC News (“Jose Francisco Blake (left) will be responsible for national security” after being chosen by Mexican President Felipe Calderon to be the next interior minister.)
Online Sources- CNN, The Latin Americanist, BusinessWeek, Reuters, Miami Herald