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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 »

Spaniard Responsible for Cuban Dissidents’ Deaths Regrets “Unfortunate” Accident

Spaniard Responsible for Cuban Dissidents’ Deaths Regrets “Unfortunate” Accident

Spaniard Angel Carromero expressed his regrets Friday for the "unfortunate" traffic accident in which Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero died, during his trial here on charges of negligent homicide. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez Arrested in Cuba

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sánchez Arrested in Cuba

Well-known blogger Cuban dissident Yoani Sanchez, 37, was arrested Thursday as she and her husband were on their way to a trial. A pro-government blogger later stated Sanchez and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, also a continue reading »

Cuban Ophthalmologist Overcame Personal Struggles to Become a Leading Doctor

Cuban Ophthalmologist Overcame Personal Struggles to Become a Leading Doctor

Dr. Carlos Martinez is a young surgeon specializing in correcting eyesight problems with laser surgery, and who has made several trips to Central America to donate his time, skill and technology to the poorest communities. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Accuses Government of Smear Campaign

Cuban Dissident Accuses Government of Smear Campaign

Former political prisoner Marta Beatriz Roque on Wednesday said that Cuba's Communist government "is using low and dirty methods" to discredit the opposition and confuse public opinion. continue reading »

Cuba Makes Key Advances In Its Pharmaceutical Production

Cuba Makes Key Advances In Its Pharmaceutical Production

Cuban scientists have developed a new variation of a drug used to prevent the rejection of organ transplants and which constitutes the first nanopharmaceutical product that the island has manufactured on an industrial scale. continue reading »

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

In letters to Kennedy Center executives, Caroline Kennedy, President Obama, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are calling for major changes in the process by which Kennedy Center Honorees are selected and asking why there is a constant pattern of exclusion of Latinos. The groups' demands follow the recent announcement of the 2012 Honorees, none of whom are Latino artists. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

Globally, outdoor urban air pollution kills 2 million people annually and indoor air pollution causes 2 million premature deaths. In Latin America, 100 million people in are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed the recommended standards. With these rates it is important to look at the health and environmental issues connected to pollution. HS-News takes a look at which countries are culprits and which are taking strides towards environmental protection. continue reading »

Cuban Editor of Communist Newspaper Defects to U.S.

Cuban Editor of Communist Newspaper Defects to U.S.

An editor of Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma has left the island and applied for political asylum in the United States, the Cafe Fuerte blog said Friday. continue reading »

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. continue reading »