- - Monday, August 27, 2012

HAVANA — Police freed leading dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer on Sunday after three days behind bars, without charges, a fellow activist said Monday.

Mr. Ferrer was arrested at his home near Santiago de Cuba on Thursday, when police raided his home and confiscated documents, work equipment and other belongings, said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the banned but tolerated Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

“He was released in the morning, without charge, as with previous arrests,” Mr. Sanchez said.

Mr. Ferrer, 41, leader of the banned Patriot Union of Cuba, was among 75 dissidents jailed and sentenced to long prison terms in 2003. He was released last year through mediation from the Catholic Church.

The latest arrest was Mr. Ferrer’s fourth this year alone. Police also took him in for three days earlier in August, for 27 days in April and for 24 hours in May because of his political activities against the communist regime of Raul Castro.

EL SALVADOR

7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off coast

SAN SALVADOR — A strong magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador followed an hour later by a magnitude-5.4 aftershock, authorities said early Monday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

A tsunami warning was put into effect for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama and after the quake struck at 10:37 p.m. Sunday. The warning was later rescinded.

The quake was 86 miles south-southwest of San Miguel, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website. The temblor took place at a depth of 32.9 miles. The second quake registered about an hour later in the same area at a depth of 35.9 miles.

Alfonso Lara, a technician with El Salvador’s Civil Protection agency said authorities were alerted to the threat of a tsunami. “We are doing a general monitoring of the entire coast through our technicians and representatives,” he said.

HAITI

Death toll rises to 19 from Tropical Storm Isaac

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s death toll from Tropical Storm Isaac jumped to 19, a government official said Monday.

Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office gave few details on how each person died in the storm that drenched Haiti over the weekend.

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