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Collapsing coffins mar Cuba's funerals

Havana - As deacon at a Cuban cemetery, Miguel Pons has the difficult task of consoling the bereaved -- and calming their anger when the coffins break.

Lizard found in organic salad winds up as class mascot

Princeton - Buy an organic salad, get a free lizard. That's what happened when Sally Mabon unwrapped a bundle of tatsoi greens — she and her kindergartener, Faye, wound up with a three-inch-long green anole lizard tucked inside.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels ask UN to monitor peace

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC rebels said they have asked the United Nations to monitor the eventual end of their five-decade conflict, raising hopes they are close to a peace deal.

Colombia's FARC casts doubt on March peace deal target

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrilla force warned Wednesday "substantial hurdles" in negotiations could prevent it signing a long-sought peace deal with the country's government by March 23 as they had hoped.

Cuba doubts next U.S. president will reverse thaw

Havana - Cuba's top diplomat for US affairs said Tuesday she cannot imagine the next president of the United States undoing the historic rapprochement the two countries embarked on under Barack Obama.

Germany leaves Cold War behind in Cuba business visit

Havana - Germany reached out to bury old Cold War tensions with Cuba on Thursday by launching a trade visit with major companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens and Bosch.

Five freed in US-Cuba rapprochement back in custody: rights group

Havana - Five dissidents freed as Havana launched a high-profile diplomatic rapprochement with the United States are back in custody in Cuba, a human rights group said Monday.

Jailed Cuban dissident in 'grave' condition: Family

Havana - A jailed Cuban dissident who is staging a hunger strike is in "grave" condition, his family said Wednesday, a day after the United States called for his release.

FARC media team swap jungle, fatigues for YouTube, heels

Havana - Until recently, Milena Reyes spent her days slogging around the jungle, dressed in combat fatigues and carrying an assault rifle.

Thirteen killed, 34 injured in Cuban truck collision

Havana - Thirteen people were killed and 34 more injured when two trucks retrofitted as passenger buses collided in eastern Cuba, local media reported.The deadly crash took place in Santiago de Cuba province, Agencia Cubana de Noticias reported.

Cuba holding political prisoners, says Catholic Church

Havana - The Catholic Church said Wednesday that Cuba is holding political prisoners, openly contradicting the communist government, with which it has been mending ties after years of hostility.

Luis Ortiz stops Bryant Jennings in 7th round, stays unbeaten

Cuban heavyweight boxer Luis Ortiz has successfully defended his WBA heavyweight title Saturday night after knocking out Bryant Jennings in the seventh round of their title fight at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

Jennings, Ortiz lead star-studded boxing event Saturday in N.Y.

Heavyweight American boxer Bryant Jennings and unbeaten Cuban fighter Luis Ortiz will lead star-studded supporting bouts Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York including former world boxing titleholders.

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some

Havana - Cuba's tourism and foreign trade are booming a year after the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Washington, but ordinary Cubans and some in the United States complain change is slow.

One year on, embargo still overshadows U.S.-Cuba thaw

Havana - Thursday marks one year since the United States and Cuba surprised the world by announcing they would end decades of Cold War hostility, but the budding rapprochement is still overshadowed by the US embargo.

Colombia, FARC rebels sign key deal on victims

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas signed an agreement Tuesday on paying reparations and providing justice for victims of their half-century conflict, a key breakthrough after three years of peace talks.

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal on victims

Havana - Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas said Monday they have reached agreement on reparations and justice for victims of their half-century conflict, a key breakthrough in peace talks.

Cuban migrant crisis on agenda as Costa Rican president visits Havana

Havana - Costa Rica's president landed in Havana Sunday amid mounting regional tension over the fate of thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica en route to the United States.

U.S. and Cuba to resume direct postal service after 52 years

Havana - After over a half century with no direct postal service between the U.S. and Cuba the two postal services will resume direct post. A pilot project will launch shortly but no date has been set for resumption of full service.

U.S., Cuba renew direct postal service after 52 years: Havana

Havana - The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore direct postal service 52 years after severing it at the height of the Cold War, the Cuban foreign ministry said Friday.
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