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Judy Gross Urges Obama to Get Husband Released From Cuban Prison

Judy Gross Urges Obama to Get Husband Released From Cuban Prison

Judy Gross, wife of the U.S. contractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba for subversion, urged President Barack Obama on Friday to give the case top priority and to take action to get her husband released by designating a special envoy. continue reading »

Cuba Denies Alan Gross is Suffering from Cancerous Lesions

Cuba Denies Alan Gross is Suffering from Cancerous Lesions

The Cuban government said Wednesday that a biopsy established that U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence here for subversion, does not have any cancerous lesions. continue reading »

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Return to Cuba for “Special” Medical Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Return to Cuba for “Special” Medical Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Cuba to undergo "special" medical treatment six months after his most recent session of anti-cancer radiation therapy. continue reading »

Cuba: 80% of Those Diagnosed With AIDS Since 1986 Still Alive

Cuba: 80% of Those Diagnosed With AIDS Since 1986 Still Alive

The number of people diagnosed with AIDS in Cuba from 1986 to Oct. 23, 2012 totals some 17,224, of whom 80 percent are still alive, official media said Monday. In a statement to the official weekly Trabajadores, the head of AIDS prevention and continue reading »

U.S. Archdiocese Sends Aid for Cuba’s Sandy Victims

U.S. Archdiocese Sends Aid for Cuba’s Sandy Victims

The Catholic Archdiocese of Miami sent Monday to Cuba a shipment of more than 4 tons of provisions for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Archbishop Thomas Wenski told a press conference that continue reading »

Cuban Detainee Alan Gross Sues U.S. & Former Employer

Cuban Detainee Alan Gross Sues U.S. & Former Employer

Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for subversion, and his wife, Judy, have sued the United States and the company that hired him for not warning him about the risks continue reading »

Transexual Wins Election in Small Cuban Town

Transexual Wins Election in Small Cuban Town

A transexual who lives as a woman in a central Cuban village said her election to local office is the "biggest victory" possible over all the "repudiation" she has suffered in her 48 years. continue reading »

Cuban Arrested at Border for Carrying $1.5 Million Worth of Pot in Truck

Cuban Arrested at Border for Carrying $1.5 Million Worth of Pot in Truck

On November 10, Laredo North agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a 2001 Blue Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by a 41- year old from Cuba continue reading »

IACHR Commends Cuba’s Immigration Reform

IACHR Commends Cuba’s Immigration Reform

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the reforms to Cuba's Immigration Law that eliminate some restrictions for Cuban nationals seeking permission to travel outside the country. continue reading »

Cuba to Allow Workers to Run State-owned Restaurants

Cuba to Allow Workers to Run State-owned Restaurants

Starting in December, the Cuban government will lease select state-owned eateries to their workers to run as independent businesses, a possibility that has been available to barber shops and beauty salons for some time. continue reading »

Venezuela, Ecuador Send Aid to Cuba After Hurricane Sandy

Venezuela, Ecuador Send Aid to Cuba After Hurricane Sandy

Aircraft carrying humanitarian aid from Venezuela and Ecuador landed in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba to ease the damage and suffering left by Hurricane Sandy, Cuban state television said Tuesday. continue reading »

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro said that Hurricane Sandy dealt a "really hard blow" to the eastern province of Santiago, the area of the island most affected by the storm. continue reading »

Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas will perform for the first time in Cuba on Dec. 3 in a concert to help the U.N.'s worldwide campaign to end violence against women, Cuban official media said Thursday. continue reading »

Eastern Part of Cuba Battered by Hurricane Sandy, Preliminary Losses Set at $88 Million

Eastern Part of Cuba Battered by Hurricane Sandy, Preliminary Losses Set at $88 Million

Cuban President Raul Castro visited the central provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus, drenched by heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy, which caused considerable damage as it swept through the eastern part of the island, the official AIN news agency reported. "We can say we've had a big hurricane in the east and a small 'Flora' (the devastating 1964 hurricane) in the central part of the country," Castro said. "We didn't want to go to the east without first visiting the central provinces." On Saturday Castro visited the provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus after presiding over a Council of Ministers meeting which analyzed, among other matters, the measures the government will adopt for repairing the damage from Hurricane Sandy, which crossed the eastern part of the island from south to north last Thursday. In Santiago, the second most populous province of the country with more than 1 million inhabitants, there have been reported in the housing sector alone more than 14,200 completely destroyed homes and more than 32,000 badly damaged, as well as crop losses, roadways blocked, power outages and loss of telephone service. The damage extends to other provinces of the region as well, including Holguin and Guantanamo. The government has not yet released an official estimate of the economic losses caused by the hurricane, but preliminary reports estimate that in Santiago de Cuba they amount to more than 2.12 billion pesos (more than $88 million). continue reading »

Cuba Has Performed 20 Sex-Change Operations for Transexuals

Cuba Has Performed 20 Sex-Change Operations for Transexuals

The number of Cuban transsexuals who have had sex-change surgery has risen to 20, according to figures released by Mariela Castro, director of the National Center for Sex Education, or Cenesex. continue reading »