* 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