* Costa Rica: Researchers working off Costa Rica's Pacific coast will extract rocks over one mile below the surface in order to study tectonic plate movements and perhaps gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change.
* Cuba: One of president Raul Castro’s key economic reforms will come to fruition after the Communist Party congress approved permitting Cubans to buy and sell their homes.
* Mexico: The country’s antitrust agency hit the Carlos Slim-owned America Movil telecom firm with a record $1 billion fine.
* Latin America: The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico are expected to meet later this month in order to sign a multilateral trade pact.
Image – Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate via Reuters (“The JOIDES Resolution, a U.S. scientific vessel, is docked at Costa Rica's Pacific port of Puntarenas April 15, 2011.”)
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