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Eight dancers defect from Cuban National Ballet

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Up to eight members of Cuba’s prestigious National Ballet have defected to the United States after performing in Puerto Rico, family and sources said.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

This file image provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a frame grab from a video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl, left. Saturday, May 31, 2014, U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. AP

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

Posted: June 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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 »

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