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OLYMPICS 2012:  Latin American Judo Athletes Surprised by Early Elimination

OLYMPICS 2012:  Latin American Judo Athletes Surprised by Early Elimination

The tears of frustration shed by Brazilian judo team member Rafaela Silva, one of the favorites in the under-57kg class, upon being disqualified from competition were the image of the fateful day experienced Monday by Latin American athletes at the London Olympic Games. continue reading »

Cuba Wins First Medal in London, Silver in Judo

Cuba Wins First Medal in London, Silver in Judo

Cuban judo athlete Yanet Bermoy had to settle for the silver medal in the 52-kilogram class after losing to North Korea's Kum Ae An on Sunday at the London Olympics. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident’s Widow Seeks Answers, Rejects Government Statement

Cuban Dissident’s Widow Seeks Answers, Rejects Government Statement

The widow of prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya said she does not accept the official government statement on the cause of the car crash that killed her husband and is demanding to meet with the two survivors of the accident. continue reading »

Carelessness, Speeding Responsible for Prominent Dissident’s Death

Carelessness, Speeding Responsible for Prominent Dissident’s Death

The Cuban government says that speeding on a highway where roadwork was being done caused the accident that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and his colleague Harold Cepero. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

The Global Innovation Index (GII), a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. Globally, Latin America ranked between 39 and 118 (out of 141). continue reading »

Cuba Open to Discussing Human Rights with U.S.

Cuba Open to Discussing Human Rights with U.S.

Cuba is open to dialogue with the United States about all topics, including human rights, but only on the basis of equality, President Raul Castro said Thursday. continue reading »

World Champion Boxers Represent LatAm at Olympics

World Champion Boxers Represent LatAm at Olympics

Amateur world champions Lazaro Alvarez and Julio Cesar la Cruz of Cuba and Everton Dos Santos Lopes of Brazil headline Latin America's contingent in the Olympic boxing competition, which will kick off Saturday at London's Excel Arena. continue reading »

Mexico’s Olympic Boxer, Oscar Valdez, Confident he Can Beat Cuba’s Alvarez

Mexico’s Olympic Boxer, Oscar Valdez, Confident he Can Beat Cuba’s Alvarez

Oscar Valdez, Mexico's top boxing hope at the London Olympics, said Wednesday he has what it takes to defeat the 2011 world amateur champion in his division, Cuban Lazaro Alvarez. continue reading »

Cuban Opposition Activists Arrested During Fellow Dissident’s Funeral

Cuban Opposition Activists Arrested During Fellow Dissident’s Funeral

Several opposition activists were detained Tuesday as prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died last weekend in a traffic accident, was buried in Havana's Colon Cemetery. continue reading »

Cuban Bar Makes Record-Breaking Daiquiri, Celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

Cuban Bar Makes Record-Breaking Daiquiri, Celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

A Cuban bar created the world’s largest daiquiri over the weekend. To celebrate its 195th anniversary, Havana’s El Floridita bar set a new world record with a giant daiquiri. continue reading »

Popular Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Reportedly Dies in Traffic Accident, Some Blaming Castro

Popular Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Reportedly Dies in Traffic Accident, Some Blaming Castro

Cuban opposition figure Oswaldo Paya, one of the most popular and best-known leaders of the internal dissident movement on the communist island, died Sunday in a traffic accident in the eastern province of Granma, various sources reported. continue reading »

Cuba’s Floridita Bar Seeks to Win Guinness World Record For 73-gallon Daiquiri

Cuba’s Floridita Bar Seeks to Win Guinness World Record For 73-gallon Daiquiri

Cuba's Floridita bar, one of the favorite haunts of U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway during his time in Havana, mixed a giant 275-liter (73-gallon) daiquiri to beat the world record as part of the celebrations of the establishment's 195th anniversary. continue reading »

Cuba’s Aging Water Treatment System has Authorities Worried

Cuba’s Aging Water Treatment System has Authorities Worried

The status of Cuba's aging, inadequate water treatment system greatly concerns the National Hydraulic Resources Institute, or INRH, state television reported. continue reading »

Cholera in Cuba: Some Traditional Summer Carnivals Canceled Do to Health Concerns

Cholera in Cuba: Some Traditional Summer Carnivals Canceled Do to Health Concerns

Traditional summer carnivals in the eastern Cuban cities of Bayamo and Manzanillo have been suspended due to an outbreak of cholera in the region, authorities said Wednesday. continue reading »

Raul Castro Returns to Cuba After Trip Abroad

Raul Castro Returns to Cuba After Trip Abroad

Cuban President Raul Castro returned to Havana after a 12-day tour of China, Vietnam and Russia aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and economic cooperation with those countries, the official daily Granma said Saturday. continue reading »