Outgoing Haitian President Michel Martelly. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Haitian opposition leaders on Tuesday rejected President Michel Martelly’s proposal that an interim government, approved by parliament, take over when he leaves office in four days. Haiti faces the prospect of becoming leaderless when Martelly steps down on Feb. 7. Presidential elections were postponed indefinitely in January after opposition candidate Jude Célestin…

Cubans use a WiFi hotspot in the city of Camagüey (Image:

Top Story — The Cuban government will roll out broadband Internet service in two neighborhoods in Havana, the director of the state telecommunications company ETECSA announced on Sunday night. The pilot program, referred to as an “important milestone” by The Associated Press, will allow citizens in one of the least digitally connected countries in the…

Public health professionals working to combat the Zika virus in Brazil. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division now forecasts as many as 4 million cases of the disease could spread throughout the hemisphere, and governments across the region are scrambling to respond….

Protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, over likely corruption in the first round of presidential elections. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Organization of American States will send a special mission to Haiti to help the country emerge from an electoral crisis that has triggered violent protests in the past week, threatening to leave Haiti without leadership. Presidential elections scheduled for this past Sunday were called off indefinitely amid widespread suspicion of voter…

Protests have gripped Haiti in recent days. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Saturday in response to the cancellation the day before of a presidential election. Voters were scheduled to choose on Sunday the successor to outgoing President Michel Martelly in a runoff vote between opposition candidate Jude Célestin and ruling party candidate Jovenel Moïse. The…

Protests in Port-au-Prince on Monday. (Image: Euronews, YouTube)

Top Story — About 2,000 protesters set up barricades, threw rocks and torched cars in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Monday ahead of a presidential and legislative runoff election scheduled for Jan. 24. Monday’s protests came just hours after three electoral offices were set alight late on Sunday in provincial towns in the north. The…

Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin will not take part in a runoff scheduled for Jan. 24 unless outgoing President Michel Martelly approves sweeping changes to prevent voter fraud, a spokesman for Célestin said on Thursday. Célestin has requested that electoral machines be overhauled and that investigations be launched into individuals accused of corruption,…

Electoral commissioner Rosny Desroches. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — A special commission investigating Haiti’s disputed October presidential election said Monday that widespread voting irregularities in the first round were the result of poll worker incompetence rather than corruption, as opposition candidates have claimed, although it remains unclear whether the revelation can help break a political deadlock and bring about a runoff…

French Politician Aymeric Chauprade. (Image: Raduserban, CC BY 2.0)

Hello Today in Latin America subscribers. We will be on holiday for the rest of this week, but will return on Monday, November 30. See you then! — The LAND team Top Story — The Dominican Republic has issued arrest warrants for three French nationals on people-smuggling charges related to their alleged role in the…