Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weekend Headlines: August 7-8, 2011

* Cuba: The country’s top court upheld the prison sentence against Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor accused of illegally selling communications equipment in Cuba.

* Latin America: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to begin his official visit of four Latin American states with a stop in Brazil tomorrow.

* Caribbean: At least four people were killed on the island of Hispaniola as a result of Tropical Storm Emily.

* Venezuela: Over 2000 inmates were freed in an attempt to relive overcrowding in Venezuelan prisons.

Image – AP via BBC News (Supporters of Alan Gross, seen here in a photo with his wife before being detained in Cuba, claim that his imprisonment is unjust and an example of the government’s poor human rights record).
Online Sources- Reuters, TVNZ, Montreal Gazette, New York Times

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