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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 »

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a comandante of the Cuban Revolution who later turned against Fidel Castro, died Friday in Havana, sources close to the dissident told Efe. He was 77. continue reading »

Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

The Cuban government will ease restrictions on visits to the island by people who emigrated without authorization, including doctors and athletes who defected while on excursions abroad, a senior official said. continue reading »

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall early Thursday in Cuba, is heading for the central Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center, or NHC, said. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Seen in Public for First Time Since Rumors of His Emminent Death Surfaced

Fidel Castro Seen in Public for First Time Since Rumors of His Emminent Death Surfaced

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro met with former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua in Havana and later accompanied him to the Hotel Nacional in his first public appearance in months and amid rumors about his health. continue reading »

STUDY: LatAm Women are Better Educated but Lower Paid

STUDY: LatAm Women are Better Educated but Lower Paid

Despite recent gains, the wage gap between men and women in Latin America still prevails, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study entitled “New Century, Old Disparities,” which compares surveys of representative households in 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries. continue reading »

Sculpture Marking 50th Anniversary of Cuba’s Child Exodus Unveiled in Miami

Sculpture Marking 50th Anniversary of Cuba’s Child Exodus Unveiled in Miami

Miami-Dade College unveiled a large-scale sculpture to mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Peter Pan, which resulted in 14,048 unaccompanied kids leaving Cuba in what is considered the largest child exodus in the West during the 20th century. continue reading »

As Health Rumors Linger Fidel Castro Sends Graduates Congratulatory Message

As Health Rumors Linger Fidel Castro Sends Graduates Congratulatory Message

Fidel Castro's signature appeared once again in the Cuban press on Thursday when he published a congratulatory message directed to an academic institution. continue reading »

FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas met here Thursday to formally inaugurate a peace process aimed at ending nearly five decades of internal strife. continue reading »

Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions for Its Citizens, Exit Visa Eliminated

Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions for Its Citizens, Exit Visa Eliminated

Cuba announced Tuesday the elimination of exit permits for taking trips abroad and will annul the requirement for a letter of invitation as part of the longed-for and long-awaited travel reform that will take effect Jan. 14, 2013. continue reading »

Declassified Documents Shine New Light on Cuban Missile Crisis

Declassified Documents Shine New Light on Cuban Missile Crisis

Declassified Kennedy Library documents reveal further details of a secret U.S. effort to reach an accord with communist Cuba and avoid a nuclear war during the 1962 missile crisis. continue reading »

Fidel Castro in Good Health, Says Son

Fidel Castro in Good Health, Says Son

One of Fidel Castro's sons said the former Cuban president "is well" and maintains a daily routine that includes reading and physical exercise. continue reading »

Cuba’s Health System Closed 465 Medical Centers in 2011 and Laid Off 16k Personnel

Cuba’s Health System Closed 465 Medical Centers in 2011 and Laid Off 16k Personnel

The Cuban public health system closed 465 medical centers during 2011 and laid off the personnel who worked there, a move made in keeping with the government's ongoing "readjustment" to reduce costs and more efficiently utilize resources. continue reading »

Widow of Dissident Killed in Car Crash Blasts Trial in Cuba

Widow of Dissident Killed in Car Crash Blasts Trial in Cuba

Ofelia Acevedo, late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya's widow, said she has no confidence in the negligent homicide trial of Spanish political activist Angel Carromero, who was at the wheel for a July car crash near this eastern city that killed her husband and another government opponent. continue reading »

30 Hours After Being Held in Custody, Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Finally Released

30 Hours After Being Held in Custody, Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Finally Released

Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, her husband and another independent journalist were released after more than 24 hours in custody and are back in the Cuban capital, Sanchez said on Twitter. continue reading »