* Haiti: Ex-first lady Mirlande Manigat and musician Michel Martelly officially began their presidential campaigns yesterday in an anticipation of a decisive runoff on March 20.
* Venezuela: Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela claimed at a Senate hearing on Thursday that Venezuelan influence in Latin America is “in marked decline.”
* Honduras: Fifteen Cuban migrants were detained after traveling by sea over twelve days and then landing on a Honduran beach.
* Peru: Peruvian farmers will send samples of 1500 potato types to Norway’s “doomsday” seed vault for safeguarding.
Image – Eduardo Munoz/Reuters via CBC News (“Presidential candidates Michel Martelly, left, and Mirlande Manigat, right, attend a ceremony in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 13. The two will contest a run-off election on March 20.”)
Online Sources- AFP, MSNBC, LAHT, BBC News