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Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro's son, Alejandro, was the communist island's envoy for secret negotiations with the United States that led to the countries' historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to the talks said.

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

Havana - While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret.

Meet Cuba's top detective writer, incognito at home

Havana - Detective fiction fans and literature buffs worldwide love Leonardo Padura; some watch his sleuth Mario Conde on Netflix. But back home in Communist Cuba, the author is virtually unknown.

Three challenges for Cuba's Raul Castro in his last year

Havana - Raul Castro says he will step aside as Cuba's president a year from now.Here are three challenges facing the island as it prepares for the handover:- Economy -Castro took over in 2006 from his brother Fidel, who died last November.

Cuba blocks visit by OAS chief to receive dissident prize

Havana - A Cuban dissident group awarded a prize to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who was denied a visa to accept it in person.

Plenty of room for 'bad dudes' at Guantanamo

Guant - It's been almost a decade since the last detainee landed at Guantanamo Bay. Most of the jail's camps are now mothballed and the inmate population is down to just 41.

Guantanamo war court resumes under President Trump

Guant - They spent seven years locked up under George W. Bush, then eight more under Barack Obama -- yet the five alleged terrorist plotters were convicted of nothing.

Cuba sends maritime delegation to US

Havana - A delegation of port and maritime officials from Cuba has arrived in the United States for talks on "business opportunities and foreign investment," the Granma official newspaper said on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Obama repeals special treatment law for Cuban refugee claimants

Washington - Obama repealed a long-standing U.S. policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to be able to stay in the U.S. and become a legal resident, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

Cuba signs first exports to US in half a century

Havana - Two firms signed a deal Thursday for the first commercial exports in half a century from Cuba to the United States, a new step in the countries' historic rapprochement.

Cuba dissidents say arbitrary arrests soared in 2016

Havana - Cuban opposition activists said Thursday that the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents on the communist island soared to nearly 10,000 last year.

Cuba marks revolution with military parade for Fidel Castro

Havana - Cuba paid tribute to late leader Fidel Castro on Monday with a military parade to mark the 58th anniversary of the revolution that brought him to power.

Cuba reports banner tourism year in 2016

Havana - Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 percent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday.

Three generations under the Cuban Revolution

Havana - In the Hernandez family, every generation has its own perspective on the Cuban revolution.Luis Hernandez was one of Fidel Castro's comrades-in-arms as he fought to overthrow the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Cuba outlaws 'cult of personality' after Fidel death

Havana - There will be no Fidel Castro streets or plazas in Cuba, in keeping with the late revolutionary leader's wishes, as spelled out in a law Cuban legislators passed on Tuesday.

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Castro death

Havana - Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, and detaining an American human rights lawyer, activists said Sunday.

Latin American left struggles post-Castro and pre-Trump

Havana - It's been a bad year for the Latin American left, which lost its spiritual leader Fidel Castro, saw its "pink tide" ebb to new lows and now faces the menace of Donald Trump.

Cuba signs deal with Google for faster access

Havana - Cuba signed a deal with Google Monday to enable faster access to content from the US tech giant on the communist island, where internet service is notoriously limited and slow.

Film on Cuba's gay intolerance pulled from Havana festival

Havana - Drama spilled beyond movie plotlines and into real life Thursday at the opening of a Latin American film festival in Havana, where the authorities have excluded a movie touching on Cuba's intolerance toward gays under Fidel Castro.

After Castro death, Raul successor waits in the wings

Havana - After burying Fidel Castro, Cuba is 15 months away from seeing his brother, Raul, give up the presidency. For the first time in almost 60 years, the president won't be named Castro.
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