Friday, August 24, 2012

Daily Headlines: August 24, 2012 (Updated)

* Caribbean: Tropical Storm Isaac could drench Haiti and the Dominican Republic later today with as much as twelve inches of rain while thousands of Puerto Ricans have sought safe shelter in anticipation of the inclement weather.

Update: The National Hurricane Center warned that Isaac "could be near hurricane strength" by the time it hits Haiti tonight.

Haitian authorities were said to be "prepared" for the evacuation of thousands of survivors of a major 2010 earthquake who are living in tent camps. Yet according to the Associated Press "the main threat appeared aimed at Les Cayes, a city of about 45,000 people on the southwestern coast that is prone to flooding during heavy rain".

* Cuba: Police allegedly arrested for the fourth time since April opposition activist and former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer.

* U.S.: The Russian government will reportedly seek the handover of Viktor Bout, an arms dealer imprisoned in the U.S. after being convicted of trying to sell weapons to Colombian guerillas.

* Peru: Prime Minister Juan Jimenez announced the suspension of the $5 billion Conga gold mining project that has run into heavy opposition from locals in the Cajamarca region.

Video Source – YouTube via CBS News

Online Sources (including Update) - NPR, Businessweek, Reuters, CBC News, Focus News, Chicago Tribune

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