Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla speaks about the U.S. commonwealth's economic crisis in a televised address to the public. (Image: La Fortaleza, public domain)

Top Story — In a televised speech delivered in a somber tone on Monday, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion public debt is “unpayable,” confirming similar remarks made yesterday to The New York Times, which laid out steps for the restructuring of the U.S. commonwealth’s debt obligations. “The public…

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Gardéa Padilla. (Image: La Fortaleza, public domain)

In a televised speech delivered in a somber tone on Monday, Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion public debt is “unpayable,” confirming similar remarks made yesterday to The New York Times and laying out steps for the restructuring of the U.S. commonwealth’s debt obligations. “The public debt, considering the…

Haitian migrant workers are transported to the Dominican Republic (Image: Richie Diesterheft, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — A deadline to register with the government expires today for migrant workers in the Dominican Republic — the vast majority of whom are Haitians — leaving hundreds of thousands at risk of deportation. There are an estimated 524,000 migrant workers in the country, but according to the government less than half have…

The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. (Image: Alex Proimos, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Long lines formed at Interior Ministry offices across the Dominican Republic Monday, as non-citizens scramble to secure their legal residency before a Wednesday paperwork deadline. Many applicants, the majority Haitians who have resettled in neighboring Dominican Republic, have been told they lack sufficient documentation and may become subject to deportation, according to…

Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro García Padilla. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Puerto Rico’s government submitted a budget request on Wednesday of around $9.8 billion, representing austerity cuts of some $674 million as the U.S. territory continues to face a harsh financial crisis after eight years of economic recession. Struggling under the weight of $72 billion in public debt, the island’s Governor Alejandro García…

Cuban President Raúl Castro meets with U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh Summit of the Americas. (Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public domain)

Top Story — Cuban leader Raúl Castro said on Tuesday that the U.S. and Cuba will exchange ambassadors after the U.S. removes Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a sign that efforts by two countries’governments to normalize relations are proceeding. Castro made the announcement at Havana’s after the departure of international airport…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Marc A. Hermann/New York City MTA, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, visited Cuba Monday to lobby for increased commercial ties between his state’s businesses and the island nation, despite the continued existence of a broader economic embargo targeting the latter. Cuomo and his delegation met on Monday with several top Cuban officials, including Rodrigo Malmierca…