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Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'

Havana - If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.

Leading Cuban dissident begins hunger strike

Havana - Renowned Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he has begun a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights

Havana - Cuba said Thursday there is "nothing to fear" regarding security as direct flights resume between the communist island and the United States, part of their historic rapprochement.

A year on, Cuba urges Obama to make thaw 'irreversible'

Havana - Cuba called Wednesday on US President Barack Obama to make the former Cold War enemies' reconciliation "irreversible," as they marked one year since the restoration of diplomatic ties.

A year on, United States, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends

Havana - A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks.

Op-Ed: Why no one calls out Rigo despite win over Dickens

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has just defended his title against untested foe Jazza Dickens of England on Saturday at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales but no prospective challenger seems to care about his victory.

Op-Ed: Why Donaire should not risk title against Juarez in rematch

More than two months after his first title defense against Zsolt Bedak of Hungary, WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire has yet to hear from promoter Bob Arum about his next fight schedule and who will be his opponent.

Cuba's small Muslim community to mark end of Ramadan

Havana - They speak little Arabic and don't have a real mosque, but Cuba's small Muslim community practices the faith and will quietly mark the end of Ramadan as best they can.

Change brings culinary revolution to Cuba

Havana - At 65, Ramon Alfonso has seen a lot of history in his native Cuba. But this is the first time he has eaten a vegan salad.After decades of communist rule and centuries of eating meat and beans, the island is opening up -- and so are its taste buds.

Timeline of Colombia's rebel conflict

Havana - After a half-century of conflict, the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government signed a definitive ceasefire and disarmament agreement on Thursday.

What's left to negotiate in Colombia deal with rebels?

Havana - The signing of a definitive ceasefire between Colombia's government and the FARC rebels caps three and a half years of negotiations in Cuba and opens the way to sealing a once-and-for-all peace deal.

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a ceasefire and disarmament agreement, one of the last steps toward ending a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Nespresso announces plans to sell Cuban coffee in United States

Havana - Coffee grown and roasted in Cuba should be available in the United States this year for the first time in five decades, European coffee giant Nespresso announced this week.

Colombia government, rebels to sign full ceasefire

Havana - Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla force say they will sign a definitive ceasefire Thursday, one of the last steps toward ending Latin America's longest civil war.

Timeline of Colombia's rebel conflict

Havana - After a half-century of conflict, the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government say they have reached a definitive ceasefire agreement.

Colombia government, rebels agree full ceasefire

Havana - Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla force agreed Wednesday on a definitive ceasefire, taking one of the last steps towards ending Latin America's longest civil war.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Havana - It was one of the most awkward moments of a press conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the island.

Don't yield to U.S. pressure, Maduro tells Caribbean leaders

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of exerting "brutal pressure" on nations in the region to isolate his country, already battered by an economic crisis and domestic political upheaval.

Cuba considers legalizing small private businesses

Havana - The Cuban authorities are considering legalizing certain private businesses, a potentially transformative move for the communist island as it liberalizes its economy.
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