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Cuba objects to being placed on U.S. trafficking list

Havana - Cuba objected Wednesday to being placed on the US human trafficking list, saying it distorted the overseas work of its doctors and its requirement that students work as part of their education.

FARC praises Colombia's Santos for halting air strikes

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict.

Cuba celebrates Castro uprising anniversary with call to end U.S. embargo

Santiago De Cuba - Cuba marked the anniversary of Fidel Castro's first armed uprising 62 years ago with calls for an end to the US embargo and the return of the US naval base at Guantanamo.

Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for U.S. embargo end

Santiago De Cuba - Cuba marked the anniversary of Fidel Castro's first armed uprising 62 years ago Sunday with calls for an end to the US embargo and the return of the US naval base at Guantanamo.

Colombia's FARC denies seeking impunity for suspected war criminals

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday said they were not seeking impunity for members accused of war crimes in the decades-long conflict, Latin America's longest running insurgency.

In Cuba, woman boxer fights to get into ring

Havana - For eight years, Cuban boxer Namibia Flores has leaned in with a clenched jaw and raised guard to throw punches against all male training partners.Flores follows the same preparation as her male opponents.

Pope to urge healing in Cuba during upcoming visit

Havana - Pope Francis will urge Cubans divided for decades over their rigid communist system to bury the hatchet when he visits the island in September, a church official said Thursday.

Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

Op-Ed: Why Nonito Donaire should pick Scott Quigg for next fight

After his stunning knockout loss to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica last year, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire has quickly recovered to be in contention again for another lucrative title fight which could happen before the end of the year.

U.S. embassy in Havana opens to a day 'like any other'

Havana - At the US mission in Havana, there were few outward signs Monday of its new status as an American embassy and the epochal shift in relations with Cuba after a 54-year break.

Renewed ties trigger mixed emotions for Americans in Cuba

Havana - "I thought I would die before it would happen," said Rena Perez, 80, on the eve of the official resumption of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.

German FM has Cuba sitdown with Raul Castro

Havana - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met in Havana on Friday with Cuba's President Raul Castro, on a visit meant to pave the way for better diplomatic and trade ties.

German FM in Cuba to try to kickstart ties

Havana - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier kicked off an two-day visit to Cuba aimed at relaunching full ties with Havana, against the backdrop of the thaw in US-Cuban relations.

Cuba says Kerry to host FM on Monday as ties restored

Havana - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez on Monday to mark the historic reopening of diplomatic ties after a half-century freeze, Cuban officials said Thursday.

Raul Castro calls on Obama to dismantle Cuba embargo

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro asked his US counterpart Barack Obama Wednesday to use his executive powers to "dismantle" the economic embargo placed on his island nation.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach major de-escalation deal

Havana - The Colombian government reached a major de-escalation agreement with leftist FARC guerrillas, agreeing for the first time to reduce anti-rebel operations in the decades-long armed conflict, diplomats in Havana said.

Fidel Castro makes second public appearance in a week

Havana - Cuban former president Fidel Castro has made a second public appearance in less than a week, state media said Saturday, marking an unusually high-profile spell for the aging revolutionary icon.

Dissident group asks to meet pope in Cuba

Havana - A prominent Cuban dissident group has asked to meet Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to Cuba in September, its leader said Thursday.

Mediators want 'urgent de-escalation' in Colombia

Havana - Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict, as 1,200 terrified indigenous people fled more heavy fighting.

FARC negotiator demands strong gestures from Colombia president

Havana - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must make strong gestures to avoid another half-century of conflict in the South American nation, a commander for the FARC rebel group told AFP.
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