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Protestors in Cuba. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images

The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed additional sanctions on Cuban officials over their violent response to peaceful protests that occurred on the island last month.

The big picture: The department said it was the fourth round of sanctions since the beginning of the protests, which started to call attention to the widespread food and medicine shortages.

Details: The sanction targets Roberto Legra Sotolongo and Andres Laureano Gonzalez Brito of the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR), as well as Abelardo Jimenez Gonzalez of the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT).

  • The men were seen as having worked with entities whose members are considered to have been responsible for serious human rights abuse.
  • The Treasury Department had also sanctioned two Cuban officials and a Cuban military unit last week.

What they're saying: "The Treasury Department will continue to hold accountable those who enable the Cuban government to perpetuate human rights abuse," said Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

  • "Today’s action exposes additional perpetrators responsible for suppressing the Cuban people’s calls for freedom and respect for human rights."

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U.S. elected to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after exit under Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. has been elected to rejoin on the UN Human Rights Council, the State Department announced Thursday, three years after former President Trump walked out on the panel citing bias against Israel.

Flashback: The Biden administration announced in February it planned to rejoin the council, acknowledging what it called an "unacceptable bias against Israel," but arguing that being a member would help the U.S. advance its own interests.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

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