Havana orders cuts in electricity use
HAVANA The government of the Cuban capital has adopted emergency measures to cut electricity demand a week after Hurricane Michelle ripped across central Cuba, seriously damaging the power grid.
All businesses in the capital, which accounts for about 43 percent of Cuba’s gross domestic product, were ordered to reduce energy consumption in general and stop production from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time, a period of peak demand, official media reported Sunday.
Havana’s 2.2 million residents, 20 percent of the country’s population, are being urged by authorities to cut consumption or face blackouts.
The Nov. 4 storm pounded Cuba with winds of up to 125 mph, killing five persons and causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage.
Arab community protests scrutiny
FOZ DO IGUACU, Brazil About 25,000 people rallied here on Brazil’s border with Argentina and Paraguay Sunday to protest what they called unfair treatment of their Arab community and accusations that it is harboring terrorists.
The protest was held a few miles from the spectacular Iguacu waterfall, at the heart of an area known as South America’s Triple Frontier, long rumored to be a safe haven for terrorists because of its porous borders.
The area has come under renewed scrutiny since the United States undertook its war on terrorism following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Residents of the area say they have been unfairly spotlighted.
Lazaro Cardenas wins top Michoacan post
MORELIA, Mexico Lazaro Cardenas, the third generation heir to a populist dynasty, has won the election for governor of Mexico’s Michoacan state, a triumph that could galvanize the struggling leftist party his father founded.
With votes in from 94 percent of polling stations, Mr. Cardenas, 37, of the Party of the Democratic Revolution had a comfortable lead with 41.6 percent of the vote.
His main rival, Alfredo Anaya of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that ruled Mexico for seven decades before losing the presidency last year, trailed Mr. Cardenas with 36.8 percent.
Exit polls by two television networks had predicted victory for Mr. Cardenas Sunday night, but Mr. Anaya said the PRI’s own polls gave him the win and the result would only be clear when all the votes were counted.
Canada issued an arrest warrant last week for Liban Hussein, head of a money transfer agency that the United States says helped Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network finance terrorism. Mr. Hussein and his brother, Mohammed, operate Barakaat North American Inc. from offices in Ottawa and Dorchester, Mass. Peru got a new navy chief yesterday its fourth in little more than a year amid a scandal over the naval base imprisonment of powerful former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos. A new poll showed President Alejandro Toledo’s popularity down to 32 percent after little more than 100 days in office, following reports that Mr. Montesinos may still be pulling strings from his top-security jail cell