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Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

Vatican City - Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.

Russian patriarch in Cuba before pope meeting

Havana - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill arrived on Thursday in Cuba, where he will sit down with Pope Francis in the first meeting of its kind since the historic 11th-century church schism.

Russian church hopes 'historic' pope talks will reset ties

Moscow - The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday said it hoped a historic first meeting between its Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis would herald a new era of cooperation between two Christian branches that have been estranged for centuries.

Mexico flights offered to U.S.-bound Cubans in C.America

San Jos - Thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama will be able to take direct flights to Mexico, if they can afford the cost, the governments of the Central American countries said Friday.

Russian Patriarch Kirill, Kremlin's unwavering backer

Moscow - A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill has helped to transform the Russian Orthodox Church into a powerful institution of the post-Soviet state.The 69-year-old native of Saint Petersburg will meet Pope Francis next week in Cuba.

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.

France calls for end to US sanctions on Cuba during Castro visit

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to US sanctions on Cuba during a historic visit to Paris by President Raul Castro, seen as a key step in rebuilding ties with the West."President Obama...

Cuba's Raul Castro in France for historic visit

Paris - Cuba's President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France on Monday, his first ever to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation's ties with the West.

Cuba's Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip

Paris - Cuba's Communist President Raul Castro will be welcomed under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a rare state visit Monday to showcase his island's warming ties with big world powers.

Renewed hope for U.S.-bound Cubans stuck in Central America

Guatemala City - Central American states and Mexico on Wednesday agreed to maintain a flight-and-bus corridor for thousands of Cubans marooned in Costa Rica to make it to the United States.

Castro to meet Hollande in Paris in February

Paris - Cuban President Raul Castro will meet his counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on February 1, the French presidency said Monday.

First group of weary Cubans reach U.S. after long trek

Miami - The first few dozen of thousands of Cubans trying to reach the United States after being stranded for months in Costa Rica crossed the Mexican border into Texas Friday, ending a dangerous odyssey.

After ordeal, US-bound Cubans enter Mexico

Ciudad Hidalgo - Some 180 of the nearly 8,000 Cuban migrants who were stranded in Costa Rica for months entered Mexico by bus under a deal to help them reach the United States.

Joy, anxiety as US-bound Cubans ready to fly out of Costa Rica

La Cruz - Elation and trepidation gripped a first group of Cuban migrants about to fly out of Costa Rica on Tuesday on a trial air-and-land journey to ultimately start new lives in the United States."I still can't believe it.

After Central America slog, Cubans can expect U.S. welcome

San Jos - The first 180 Cuban migrants, of nearly 8,000 stranded in Costa Rica, were set to fly Tuesday to El Salvador to continue an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the United States.

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.

Cuban migrants aiming for U.S. to fly out of Costa Rica

San Jos - A group of 180 Cuban migrants is to fly from Costa Rica to El Salvador on Tuesday, blazing a trail thousands of their compatriots stranded in Central America hope will see all of them securing new lives in the United States.

Dummy US missile disappears, turns up in Cuba

Washington - A dummy training version of a US Hellfire missile was shipped to Cuba after an apparent mix-up by commercial cargo handlers in Europe, a source said Friday, confirming media reports.

Mexico navy rescues nine Cubans at sea

- Mexico's navy has rescued nine Cubans who were found by a Panamanian-flagged tanker while their makeshift boat was adrift on the Caribbean sea, authorities said Thursday.

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.

Cuban migrants to fly out of Costa Rica next week

San Jos - A first group of 180 Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica is to fly out of the country next Tuesday to continue their journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the US, officials said.

AH1N1 death of Cuban migrant alarms Panama

Panama - A Cuban migrant's death from the AH1N1 influenza virus has alarmed authorities in Panama, where nearly 1,000 other Cubans are stranded near the border with Costa Rica, according to an official on Tuesday.

Cuban migrants may fly out of Costa Rica next week: Minister

San Jos - A first group of US-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica may fly out of the country to continue their journey next week, Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said Monday.

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.

Central America deal brings hope for stranded Cuban migrants

- Cubans risking all to reach the United States are cheering a deal this week between Central American nations to start flying them out of Costa Rica, where they have been stranded for weeks.

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.

Costa Rica warns Cubans it's not an 'open bridge' to U.S.

- Costa Rica on Tuesday warned it should not be seen as an "open bridge" to America after striking a deal to start shipping out stranded Cuban migrants to other Central American countries.

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.

C.America states agree breakthrough on stranded Cuban migrants

Guatemala City - Central American countries agreed a breakthrough in the case of thousands of US-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, after weeks of often acrimonious regional diplomacy.

Pope asks C.America states to help end Cuban 'humanitarian drama'

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday asked Central American nations to help end the "humanitarian drama" affecting thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in the region.
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