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American imprisoned in Cuba starts hunger strike

In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest of Gross. He was imprisoned after traveling repeatedly to the country on a separate, clandestine USAID mission to expand Internet access using sensitive technology that only governments use. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)

An American man who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after being caught illegally setting up Internet on the island is on a hunger strike, according to a statement released by his lawyer Tuesday.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US visitors to Cuba keep rising

In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, workers landscape the area near a new port under construction in Mariel, Cuba. Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a new foreign investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro’s effort to reform the country’s struggling economy. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

A new study shows travel by U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cuban lawmakers weigh key foreign investment law

In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, workers landscape the area near a new port under construction in Mariel, Cuba. Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a new foreign investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro’s effort to reform the country’s struggling economy. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

Cuban lawmakers meet in Havana on Saturday for an extraordinary session on a proposed law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to do business in and with the country.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Cuban Five’ agent imprisoned in US back in Havana

In this Feb. 17, 2014 photo, Rene Gonzalez, the “Cuban Five," poses for a portrait under a framed picture of Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba. Gonzalez was an unknown young pilot in 1990 when he pretended to steal a crop duster in Cuba and flew to Florida, using cover as a Cuban defector to spy on targets in the United States. AP

A second member of the “Cuban Five” returned to the Caribbean island and a hero’s welcome Friday, a day after leaving a prison in the United States, where he spent 15 years behind bars on spy-related charges.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Fidel Castro has 1st public appearance in 9 months

In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 photo released by the state media Cubadebate website, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Spanish journalist, writer and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique, Ignacio Ramonet in Havana, Cuba. AP

Former President Fidel Castro made his first public appearance in nine months, attending the opening of an art studio in the Cuban capital.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Panama finds explosives on North Korea-bound ship

In this July 16, 2013 file photo, Panamanian workers stand atop sacks of sugar inside a container aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama. Crews unloading the ship detained in the Panama Canal for carrying undeclared arms from Cuba have found live munitions aboard, a Panamanian official said Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Authorities in Panama say they have found more explosives aboard a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama Canal for carrying undeclared arms from Cuba.

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Amnesty names 5 Cuban as ‘prisoners of conscience

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Amnesty International has designated five Cubans detained by the island’s government as “prisoners of conscience” and is calling for their immediate release.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cuba backs Snowden asylum offers from allies

Demonstrators stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate and show their support for former technical contractor of the Central Intelligence Agency Edward Snowden in Berlin on July4,  2013. Snowden leaked information on data spying programs of the USA and Great Britain in June 2013. Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has sought asylum in 21 countries, WikiLeaks said. The petitions on Snowden's behalf were made to Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy,  Ireland, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela. AFP

Cuban President Raul Castro threw his support behind other leftist Latin American governments willing to give asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, calling him a man persecuted for his ideals.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cuba’s Raul Castro backs asylum offers for Snowden

Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel talk during the second day of a twice-annual legislative sessions, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Observers will be watching to see if the new vice president is taking on increasing responsibility since assuming the post in what was seen as the beginning of a generational leadership transition. AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate

President Raul Castro is expressing solidarity with the apparent willingness of Cuba’s Latin American allies to take in NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US couple held after taking kidnapped sons to Cuba

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A US couple who had fled to Cuba after snatching their two young sons from the care of their grandmother are behind bars in Tampa, Florida, local law enforcement said Wednesday.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cuba, US trade barbs over paroled intel agent

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Washington and Havana are trading barbs over U.S. treatment of a Cuban intelligence agent who left prison in 2011 but has been ordered to remain in America while he completes three years of parole.

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cuba’s Raul Castro mentions possible retirement

Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, gestures goodbye to reporters after answering a few question outside the Internationalist Soviet soldier mausoleum where he attended a tribute with the visiting Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Cuban leader raised the possibility of leaving his post, during an appearance Friday. Castro told reporters he's about to turn 82 years old and added, "I have the right to retire, don't you think?" AP

Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

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Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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