Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla. (Image: PresidenciaRD/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro García Padilla announced on Sunday that his administration has enacted a debt moratorium, meaning the U.S. territory will default today on a $422 million payment — the largest default to date for the crisis-stricken island. The announcement comes after the U.S. government failed to agree on a restructuring…

Campaign posters in Haiti. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — The U.S. State Department’s coordinator for Haiti, Kenneth Merten, arrived in Port-au-Prince Thursday “to assess progress” in the country’s troubled presidential election, a phrasing meant to avoid the perception of meddling in Haiti’s affairs, The Associated Press reported. Merten’s talks with Haitian officials, lawmakers and international partners focused on how to execute…

Cardinal Jaime Ortega. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Cardinal Jamie Ortega, the longtime leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba and a key player in the clandestine negotiations that resulted in resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, stepped down on Tuesday. His retirement was expected, and he will be replaced by Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez…

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro at the Summit of the Americas last year. (Image: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Top Story — Cuba on Wednesday granted seven of the country’s most well-known dissidents, out on parole while serving prison sentences ranging from 18 to 25 years, permission for a one-time trip abroad as a reward for good behavior. Several of the dissidents expressed skepticism over the decision and interpreted the move as a diplomatic…

Michel Martelly, who stepped down Sunday as President of Haiti. (Image: Organization of American States, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Story — Haiti’s President Michel Martelly left office on Sunday, leaving power in the hands of the prime minister until the legislature can choose an interim president. In his farewell speech, Martelly insisted he was “leaving office to contribute to constitutional normalcy.” The decision to hand power to Prime Minister Evans Paul was made…

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….