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In Colombia, FARC 'nurses' want to trade arms for white coats

Colinas - As a battlefield nurse for Colombia's FARC rebels, Johana Japon helped stitch up wounded fighters as bullets whizzed past her.

Russia slams Trump's 'Cold War' policy on Cuba

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry on Sunday said it regretted US President Donald Trump's policy reversal on Cuba, calling it reminiscent of the Cold War era.

Trump's tough Cuba line scores big in Little Havana

Miami - President Donald Trump's new measures restricting some trade and travel with Cuba did not go very far in practical terms, but they made a big noise in the place most eager to hear it: Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

Trump Cuba policy reversal means few immediate changes

Washington - President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was "canceling" his predecessor's move to ease sanctions on Cuba, but in practice there will be few immediate changes.

Trump vows revamp of Obama-era Cuba deal

Miami - US President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's deal re-opening trade ties with Havana, in favor of measures to support the Cuban people against what he called their "cruel and brutal" regime.

Trump revamps Obama-era Cuba deal, turns heat up on regime

Miami - US President Donald Trump vowed Friday to overhaul Barack Obama's deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising to instead support the Cuban people against Raul Castro's government.

Americans flock to Cuba in post-rapprochement tourism boom

Havana - Some 300,000 Americans flocked to Cuba in the first five months of 2017, nearly the same number as for all of last year, officials in Havana said on Wednesday.

Trump to roll back some of Obama's Cuban outreach

Washington - US President Donald Trump has vowed to revisit all of his predecessor's diplomatic successes and failures, but is he ready to slam the door on Cuba?

Cuba drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters

Varadero - Near the Cuban seaside village of Boca de Camarioca, a giant drill runs into the ground and out to sea, probing for oil.

Cuba's first luxury hotel opens in Havana

Havana - Cuba's first ultra luxury hotel opened its doors Monday in Havana, with guests paying up to $2,500 a night to stay in five-star comfort on the Communist island.

Trump rails against 'cruel despotism' in Cuba

Washington - Donald Trump on Saturday railed against "cruel despotism" in Cuba, saying the island nation's people deserve a government that upholds democracy.

US sees growing repression, deepening crisis in Venezuela

Washington - US intelligence agencies believe Venezuela's government will ratchet up repression against the country's population this year to contain growing popular discontent, a senior US official said on Thursday.

US to press Cuba on human rights

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration will press Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday.

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network

Aurora - On a traffic island in a country town, young Cubans are doing what most of their compatriots cannot: surfing an online social network.In one of the least wired countries on Earth, Gaspar, population 7,500, is one of the most connected towns of all.

Cuba stages last May Day parade under Castro

Havana - Millions of Cubans rallied in May Day parades Monday, the last to be overseen by President Raul Castro -- and the first without his late brother and revolutionary predecessor Fidel.

Cuba hosts all-star International Jazz Day concert

Havana - Cuba Sunday hosted the world's annual International Jazz Day concert, with Hollywood star Will Smith presenting the event and musicians Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes among the performers.

Cuba faces last May Day parade under Castro

Havana - The Cuban government's traditional May Day parade Monday is the last to be overseen by President Raul Castro -- and the first without his late brother and revolutionary predecessor Fidel.

Eight military personnel die in Cuba plane crash

Havana - A plane crash in western Cuba on Saturday killed eight military personnel, the ministry in charge of the island's armed forces said.

Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success

Empresa - A sweet smell of treacle used to fill the air in the village of Pedro Betancourt -- but like the workers from the derelict Cuba Libre sugar refinery, it has dispersed.

At UN, US warns on human rights in Iran, Cuba, N.Korea

New York - The United States on Tuesday singled out North Korea and Syria over human rights violations and warned at the United Nations that new conflicts could be triggered by abuses in Iran, Cuba and North Korea.

Cuba opposition candidates say targeted for reprisals

Havana - Cuban dissidents planning to run in the communist country's local elections in November have been arrested, threatened and otherwise harassed by the authorities, one of their leaders said Tuesday.

Living in Cuban time

Havana - In Cuba, it sometimes seems time stopped in the 1960s.Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years -- rapprochement with the US, Fidel Castro's death -- the rhythm of life on the island remains as languid as ever.

Bolivian president's throat surgery in Cuba 'successful'

Havana - Bolivian President Evo Morales is resting after "successful" throat surgery at a Havana hospital, a spokesman said Saturday.

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.

U.S. Congressman: 30 countries won't take criminal deportees back

According to a United States congressman, there are 30 countries refusing to take back their nationals who have been ordered deported from the U.S. because of criminal convictions. There is a law on the books and the Texas Democrat wants it enforced.

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.

Mexican police free 31 Cubans held captive in tourist area

Mexico - Federal police in Mexico's Riviera Maya resort area freed 31 Cubans being held by gunmen in a house, authorities said.The Cuban migrants said masked gunmen held them in the home near the Caribbean coast demanding money the Cubans did not have.

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.
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Lazaro Borges of Cuba watching as his pole snaps during the 2012 Olympics pole vault qualifying
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Former Cuban President, 87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an arts studio in Havana, January 9, 2014.
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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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Location of US's Guantanamo Detention Center -- far from Havana or the United States at Navy Base
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Roads and homes were running rivers of water today as people were taken to safety.
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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The facade of "El Mejunje" cultural centre in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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French Steve Herelius Vs. Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez.(on the right) WBA Interim Cruiserweight Championship in Germany.
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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is a longtime advocate of normalized US-Cuban relations.
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital
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Map of the Island of Cuba.
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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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