Fidel Castro turned 90 over the weekend, a milestone for the man who nationalized the Cuban economy and controlled virtually every aspect of life but who now lives on an island where hundreds of thousands run private businesses.
The Cuban government took a low-key approach to Castro's birthday with no big rallies or parades. There also weren't any publicly announced visits by foreign dignitaries, though Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro managed to show up.
Elsewhere in the region last week, agricultural experts warned that Americans' love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico's pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards.
In Bolivia, thousands of miners from different cooperatives set up roadblocks in six regions of the country. The miners blocked roads to La Paz, Cochabamba and Oruro and at least 70 police officers were injured in clashes with miners.
Brazil couldn't get it quite right for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Guanabara Bay looks beautiful on television but dangerous up close, and the water in the rowing venue is filled with viruses, much to the displeasure of a pair of Serbian rowers who tipped over in it.
The world's best divers had to plunge into a murky green pool, and water polo was played in a pool so full of chlorine it had to be drained and refilled.
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