The United Nations has voted against placing a representative in Cuba to watch for violations of Human Rights there.
This is a major defeat for the United States. In the past, this highly controversial issue has tended to go the US's way. This defeat is only one of several recent failures of American foreign policy regarding Cuba.
Many people credited the visit of Pope John Paul II with causing the change in the UN vote.
Sixteen nations voted for the resolution while 19 voted against. 24 countries chose to abstain on the issue. The US had experienced little trouble gaining a majority in the past.
Some activists for change in Cuba are worried that this will cause the issue to die down. The Cuban Government was pleased with the vote and the recent show of support it has gained.