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Colombia's FARC say 'close' to new peace deal

Havana - Colombia's communist FARC rebels said Monday they were "close" to agreeing on new terms to rescue a peace accord that was rejected by voters in a referendum.

Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

Havana - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels on Saturday started talks on how to retool a peace deal, rejected in a referendum last month, that would end Latin America's longest civil war.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels agree to revisit peace deal

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Friday they have agreed to discuss "adjustments" to a contested peace deal and continue a bilateral ceasefire.

Your house or your life: Stark choices as Matthew hit Cuba

Guant - Cuban fisherman Heneydis Suarez probably saved his and his family's lives by seeking shelter in a neighbor's house as Hurricane Matthew pummeled the island Tuesday.

Cubans prepared for Hurricane Matthew's fury

Guant - Hurricane Matthew began pounding Cuba late Tuesday, but residents of the communist island were largely calm, thanks to their high level of preparation and experience weathering previous storms.

FARC to maintain Colombia ceasefire: leader

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels will continue to observe a ceasefire despite voters narrowly rejecting a peace deal between the guerrillas and the government, their leader said Monday.

Donald Trump company reported to have done business in Cuba

According to a report in Newsweek, a major company controlled by Donald Trump did business in Cuba over 15 years ago in spite of the U.S. trade embargo. Trump denied the allegations but his campaign manager seemed to admit them.

Fidel Castro seen in state media for third time in a week

Havana - Fidel Castro appeared in state-run media Monday for the third time in less than a week, which is extremely rare for the father of the Cuban revolution.

China's Li seeks new tack in ties with Cuba

Havana - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state.

Japan PM seeks Cuba's help amid N. Korea nuclear 'provocations'

Havana - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a visit to Cuba Friday with condemnation of North Korea's nuclear "provocations" and a request for help from Pyongyang's ally Havana to pursue a "world without nuclear weapons.

Japanese PM in Cuba to 'open new page' in ties

Havana - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to "open a new page" in relations.

A first: Cuban communist paper runs US embassy notice

Havana - Granma, the Communist Party newspaper and a source of anti-US tirades since 1965, made history Wednesday by running a US embassy notice for American citizens living in Cuba.

Iran's president in Cuba, meets Castros

Havana - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba where he met with his counterpart, Raul Castro, and the Cuban president's older brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro.

Iran's president in Cuba to meet Castros

Havana - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba Monday for a visit in which he was expected to meet counterpart Raul Castro and his older brother and predecessor Fidel.

Top Cuban dissident halts hunger strike

Havana - Leading Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ended a 54-day hunger strike Monday, citing a European Parliament plan to press Havana's communist leaders to ease up on dissidents.

Cuba says US embargo has cost it $4.7 bn since thaw

Havana - Cuba said Friday the United States's 54-year-old trade embargo has cost the island $4.7 billion since April 2015 despite the former Cold War enemies' historic rapprochement.

Colombia launches committee to oversee peace process

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Wednesday they have set up a joint committee to mediate disputes and oversee implementation of the historic peace deal they concluded last month.

Inaugural commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Santa Clara - The first regular commercial flight in more than 50 years from the United States landed in Cuba on Wednesday, as the two nations took the latest step in their efforts to boost ties.

Rebels, Colombia eye peace deal strides

Havana - Colombia and Marxist FARC rebels will ink their landmark peace deal officially late next month, authorities said.

FARC rebels to meet in September to ratify peace deal

Havana - FARC rebel leaders will convene in mid-September to ratify the historic peace agreement signed with the Colombian government this week, the guerrilla group announced Saturday.
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