* Latin America: Rest in peace Baruj Benacerraf; the Venezuela-born immunologist who was a co-recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine died this week.
* Mexico: Authorities captured two members of the Zetas drug gang including the group’s “alleged number two financial operator.”
* Panama: Ex-strongman Manuel Noriega will reportedly be extradited from France to Panama where he’s expected to serve a twenty-year prison sentence.
* Costa Rica: The country’s ban on in-vitro fertilization could be lifted after a legal challenge was filed with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
* Argentina: Nearly seven million pensioners are expected to benefit by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s proposal to raise the minimum pension by 16.8% this year.
* Caribbean: Several hundred homes in Haiti were damaged as Tropical Storm Emily continues advancing through the Caribbean.
Image – AP via ABC News (“This undated photo released by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, a Venezuela-born immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and served as president of the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.”)
Online Sources- Bloomberg, MSNBC, AFP, Hispanically Speaking News, The Scientist, BBC News