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Imprisoned Cuban Dissident Released on Parole

Imprisoned Cuban Dissident Released on Parole

A Cuban dissident sentenced in 2012 to 30 months in prison for "pre-criminal social dangerousness" was released this week on parole, a leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba opposition group said Thursday. continue reading »

Colombia Grants Safe-Conduct to 6 Cubans Seeking Refugee Status

Colombia Grants Safe-Conduct to 6 Cubans Seeking Refugee Status

Colombia's Foreign Ministry granted a safe-conduct for five days to six Cuban citizens, who have been in the transit lounge of Bogota's El Dorado International Airport since Jan. 1, so they can apply for official acceptance of their refugee status. continue reading »

U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

The head of the U.S. delegation that held a new round of migration talks with Cuba, said Friday that he had been able to visit Alan Gross, the American contractor serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted of subversion. continue reading »

Cuba Calls on U.S. to Stop “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Cuba Calls on U.S. to Stop “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Cuba used the latest round of migration talks with the United States to again urge Washington to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allows Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil to remain in the country, the Havana government said Thursday. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Makes Public Appearance after Long Absence

Fidel Castro Makes Public Appearance after Long Absence

Former Cuban President and revolutionary Fidel Castro made a public appearance yesterday after a long absence. The 87-year-old dictator was photographed at the opening of an artist gallery in Havana; he was last seen nine months ago. continue reading »

Cuba Welcomed Nearly 3 Million Tourists in 2013

Cuba Welcomed Nearly 3 Million Tourists in 2013

Cuba closed 2013 having welcomed a total of 2.85 million foreign tourists, a new record but short of its goal of 3 million, the Tourism Ministry said Monday. continue reading »

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades. continue reading »

Cuba Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in Its History

Cuba Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in Its History

Cuba ended 2013 with an infant mortality rate of 4.2 per 1,000 live births, the lowest level in the island's history, state media reported Thursday. continue reading »

Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

A Cuban woman finally arrived in Miami to donate bone marrow to a sister suffering from leukemia, after a month of uncertainty due to U.S. authorities' initial rejection of her visa request, El Nuevo Herald newspaper said Tuesday. The emotional meeting of Alina Ortega Reyes and her ailing sister, Damay Ortega, took place Monday night at Miami International Airport. continue reading »

REPORT: 44 Undocumented Cubans Enroute to U.S. Detained in Honduras

REPORT: 44 Undocumented Cubans Enroute to U.S. Detained in Honduras

Honduran authorities detained Monday 44 undocumented Cubans attempting to travel to the United States, police said. continue reading »

Raul Castro Seeking to Have ‘Civilized Relationship’ with U.S.

Raul Castro Seeking to Have ‘Civilized Relationship’ with U.S.

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday again offered the U.S. government the option of a "respectful dialogue" that would not compromise the island's sovereignty, and said the two countries can establish "civilized relations." continue reading »

Cuba Lifts Restrictions on Automobile Sales

Cuba Lifts Restrictions on Automobile Sales

Cubans will be able to buy new and second-hand automobiles from state-run retailers without a permit under new rules approved by President Raul Castro's government. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Praises Raul’s Handshake With Obama

Fidel Castro Praises Raul’s Handshake With Obama

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro eulogized Nelson Mandela as "an apostle of peace" and praised younger brother - and successor - Raul for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial service for the father of democratic South Africa. continue reading »

Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barack Obama, a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington told the Communist Party daily Granma. continue reading »

Police Arrest 150 in Cuba on Global Human Rights Day

Police Arrest 150 in Cuba on Global Human Rights Day

As many as 150 dissidents were arrested while trying to mark U.N. International Human Rights Day, the opposition Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said Wednesday. continue reading »