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Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait

Havana - Workers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it just to the left of a giant image of Che Guevara.

Colombia rebels want meeting with pope during Cuba visit

Havana - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels, now negotiating a peace deal in Havana, said Sunday they hope to meet with Pope Francis on his upcoming Cuba visit.

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.

U.S. gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual report on human trafficking.

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.

Two ex-Guantanamo inmates charged with 'terrorism' in Belgium

Brussels - Two former inmates at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay have been arrested in Belgium on charges of belonging to a group suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria, prosecutors said Friday.

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.

U.S. Senate committee votes to ease Cuba travel restrictions

Washington - The US Senate Appropriations Committee approved a slate of amendments that open to the door to restoring open travel to Cuba, as well shipping and agricultural financing.

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.

White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison

Washington - The White House is in the "final stages" of a plan to close the contentious Guantanamo Bay detention facility and submit it for review by lawmakers, spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

US, Havana renew ties despite discord

Washington - The Cuban flag has flown proudly over Havana's newly restored embassy as the US and Cuba relaunched diplomatic ties but swiftly cautioned that sharp differences lingered after five decades of enmity.

U.S. vows to live as 'good neighbors' with Cuba

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday vowed the United States wanted to be "good neighbors" to Cuba, but cautioned the road to full relations remained "long and complex.

Kerry meets Cuban FM at State Dept, a first in 57 years

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday welcomed his Cuban counterpart to the State Department on the first such visit by Havana's top diplomat since 1958.

Kerry to visit Cuba on August 14: U.S. official

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cuba on August 14 to raise the American flag over the newly-restored embassy in Havana, a US official told AFP.

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.

Cuba flag raised at U.S. State Dept as diplomatic ties resume

Washington - The United States and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations Monday, as the Cuban flag was raised at the US State Department in a historic gesture toward ending decades of hostility between the Cold war foes.

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.

US, Cuba restore ties, open embassies after 54 years

Washington - The Cuban flag was raised at the US State Department Monday, in a historic gesture to mark renewed diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington as embassies were reestablished in their respective capitals.

With relations restored, Cubans in U.S. see more contact with relatives

Miami - The flight from Miami to Havana takes just 45 minutes, but the passengers lining up to check in are hardly traveling light.They are lugging big TVs, bulky bags of non-perishable food like canned goods and even automobile tires.

Cuban vice president in highest level visit to Spain in decade

Madrid - Cuba's vice president for economic affairs held talks with Spain's economy minister in Madrid on Friday, in the highest level visit by a Cuban official to Spain in a decade.

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.

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.

Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Cuba

Washington - As the US diplomats headed out to sea, their embassy in Havana closed but still visible on the horizon, the lights in its windows flickered.
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After attending a mass at the Church, Ladies in White group in Havana peacefully march demanding the release of their loved ones who are political prisoners.
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General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
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Map of the Island of Cuba.
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Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the island.
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Fidel Castro's old limo.
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Lazaro Borges of Cuba watching as his pole snaps during the 2012 Olympics pole vault qualifying
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Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president Fidel Castro (R) talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) on July 11, 2014 in Havana
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Cienfuegos in central Cuba
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Fidel Castro holding up a copy of his memoir Guerrilla of Time at his book launching in Havana, Cuba, on February 3, 2012.
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ISLAND: Building housing Havana's unofficial diplomatic team in Washington, D.C., will be Cuba's new embassy now that the two countries have restored full diplomatic relations.
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Former Cuban President  87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an...
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Location of US s Guantanamo Detention Center -- far from Havana or the United States at Navy Base
Location of US's Guantanamo Detention Center -- far from Havana or the United States at Navy Base
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The Presidio Modelo was built under President-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926–1928. T...
The Presidio Modelo was built under President-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926–1928. The five circulars were built to humanely house up to 2,500 prisoners. By 1961, they held 6 to 8 thous.It is now a museum.
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