Cuban courts have started imposing draconian sentences on anti-government protesters who flooded the streets last July. Prosecutors this week put on trial more than 60 citizens charged with crimes, including sedition, for taking part in demonstrations. Those being prosecuted include at least five minors as young as 16, reports the New York Times.
- El Salvador has lost an estimated $10 to 20 million on its Bitcoin investments, a likely disincentive for other countries contemplating crypto investing, according to Coindesk.
- El Salvador's bitcoin buying spree may boost the country's credit risk if it continues, according to ratings agency Moody's. (Markets Insider)
- Jamaican authorities arrested former Haitian senator John Joël Joseph one of several suspects in Haitian President Jovenel Moïse's assassination who had remained at large, reports the Miami Herald. Haiti and Jamaica do not have an extradition treaty, which will complicate matters in the coming days as to whether Joseph is sent back to Haiti or transferred to the United States, where a parallel probe into the president’s slaying is ongoing.
- The Sainte Croix Hospital, a rural 90-bed medical facility south of Haiti’s capital with the only maternity and neonatal wards for miles, was forced to close after a kidnap gang stole its generator, leaving the facility without electricity, reports the Miami Herald.
- Two people have drowned off a beach in northern Peru, after unusually high waves were recorded in several coastal areas following Saturday’s eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga. (Reuters)
- A French fashion brand is under fire for a photo shoot involving Indigenous women in southern Mexico, reports the Washington Post.
- The science that is helping researchers find the ‘disappeared’ in Latin America -- The Conversation
- Nearly 1 million enslaved Africans arrived at Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro at the height of the transatlantic slave trade -- likely more than anywhere else in the world, and twice as many as were trafficked to all of the United States. But few know the site's history, which presents an opportunity for Brazilians to engage in long-avoided reckoning of its history of human bondage, reports the Washington Post.