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  • Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were...

  • Coast Guard repatriates Cuban, Haitian migrants

    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 86 migrants it says were illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti. The Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday that the repatriations are the result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States...

  • Cuba gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal

    HAVANA (AP) — One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award. After a ceremony led by First Vice President Miguel...

  • Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday. Mariano Figueres told The...

  • A Castro breaks tradition with 'no' vote in Cuba

    HAVANA (AP) — Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't...

  • 28 Cuban migrants found in Florida Keys

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-eight Cuban migrants have been found on an island in the Florida Keys. Officials say a good Samaritan alerted authorities Friday morning to the migrants on Marquesas Key. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission transported the migrants to Key West....

  • US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

    MIAMI (AP) — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States. "The biggest dream a Cuban has is to...

  • Cuba marks Castro's 88th with tributes, photo show

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba marked Fidel Castro's 88th birthday Wednesday with tributes in official media, a concert and a photo exhibit in the capital and a newly inaugurated restoration of the home where he was born. Loathed by many exiles in Florida who see him as a man who ruled with an iron fist...

  • Cuba calls US political work on island shameful

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban government on Tuesday called on Washington to halt hostile "covert" operations against it in the wake of the recent disclosure that an Obama administration program secretly sent young Latin Americans to Cuba on politically motivated missions. A top Cuban diplomatic...

  • Groups: US political effort in Cuba hurts aid work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was assailed Monday by international public health officials and members of Congress who declared that such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. Beginning...

  • US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed by a U.S. agency to work undercover in Cuba. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services. Their...

  • Cuba abuzz over news of US travelers program

    HAVANA (AP) — News that the U.S. government quietly contracted young Latin Americans to travel to Cuba for political purposes under the guise of health and civic programs was the talk of the town in Havana and the Cuban diaspora Monday, eliciting both criticism and praise for the secret program....

  • American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working covertly in the...

  • 5 findings about USAID travelers' program in Cuba

    In April, The Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development had overseen the creation of a secret "Cuban Twitter" program to stir political dissent on the island and bypass Cuba's stranglehold on the Internet. But that program was part of a larger operation. A new...

  • As President Obama dithers, Russia returns to the Americas

    During a visit to Cuba two weeks ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly reached an agreement to reopen the huge Russian spy base in Lourdes, on the west side of the island nation.



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