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6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

Six of the 32 people hurt last week in a fire at a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba have died, Cuban official media said Friday. continue reading »

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

FARC Seek An Immediate Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombian Peace Talks

Representatives of Colombia's FARC rebel group said here Thursday they will immediately propose a bilateral ceasefire once peace talks get underway with the government. continue reading »

Venezuela Begins Oil Exploration off of Cuba

Venezuela Begins Oil Exploration off of Cuba

State-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, has started exploring for oil in deepwater areas off Cuba, Oil and Mining Minister Rafael Ramirez said. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Ends Hunger Strike as Arrests Double in August

Cuban Dissident Ends Hunger Strike as Arrests Double in August

Cuban dissident Jorge Cervantes, who has been in police custody since Aug. 22, ended the hunger strike he has been pursuing for 13 days to demand his release, his mother told Efe on Tuesday. "The family asked him for the favor of suspending the (hunger) strike because he would be one more casualty," Alba Verdecia said by telephone from her house in Las Tunas, 690 kilometers (428 miles) east of Havana. continue reading »

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives 2 Important Rafael Soriano Paintings

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives 2 Important Rafael Soriano Paintings

This summer two major paintings by Cuban master Rafael Soriano were given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum for its permanent collection. These two works, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place) (1972) and Candor de la Alborada (Candor of Dawn) (1994), represent significant moments in Soriano's artistic production. continue reading »

Hispanic NASA Mission Director Shares his Story, Advice

Hispanic NASA Mission Director Shares his Story, Advice

Inspired by the arrival at the planet Mars of the first Viking probe in 1976, Arthur Amador decided to pursue his studies with the aim of working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where today he is the only Hispanic on the team of mission directors for the Mars rover Curiosity. continue reading »

Gas Station Fire Seriously Injures 26 in Cuba

Gas Station Fire Seriously Injures 26 in Cuba

A huge fire at a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba injured 32 people, including 26 who were listed in serious or very serious condition, state media reported. continue reading »

Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Ends Killing 3, Infecting 417

Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Ends Killing 3, Infecting 417

The Cuban government said that the cholera outbreak that erupted in June, killing three and infecting 417, is over, Communist Party daily Granma reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Rare Crocs Once Owned by Fidel Castro Give Birth in Sweden

Rare Crocs Once Owned by Fidel Castro Give Birth in Sweden

Sweden is now the home of baby crocodiles from the rarest breed in the world. Once owned by Fidel Castro, Cuban crocodiles at Sweden’s Skansen zoo in Stockholm laid continue reading »

Tropical Storm Issac Results in Large Evacuations in Cuba

Tropical Storm Issac Results in Large Evacuations in Cuba

Tropical Storm Isaac caused the evacuations of more than 20,000 people in Cuba, as well as minor flooding in coastal areas, overflowing rivers, power outages and damage to homes while it moved over the waters north of the island en route to Florida, state media reported Sunday. continue reading »

T.S. Isaac His Cuba as a “Very Weak” Storm, May Strengthen On Way to Florida

T.S. Isaac His Cuba as a “Very Weak” Storm, May Strengthen On Way to Florida

Cuba got its first battering Saturday from Tropical Storm Isaac and expects to see a cross-country buildup of the wind and rain whirled in by the storm, whose center crossed the extreme eastern part of the country. continue reading »

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas Released After Being Detained 4 Times in A Week

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas Released After Being Detained 4 Times in A Week

Prominent Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas was released Saturday after almost 48 hours in custody, he told Efe in a telephone call. continue reading »

Tropical Storm Isaac Passes Over Haiti en Route to Cuba, U.S.

Tropical Storm Isaac Passes Over Haiti en Route to Cuba, U.S.

A temporarily weakened Tropical Storm Isaac has left behind Haiti and is forecast to batter Cuba on Saturday before entering the warm waters of the Florida Straits and likely gaining hurricane strength. continue reading »

Female Politicians Gaining More Positions in Cuba

Female Politicians Gaining More Positions in Cuba

The number of women serving in government posts increased in the past two years in Cuba, where females now hold around 45 percent of the seats in parliament, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday. continue reading »

Former Top Cuban Officials Sentenced to Jail for Corruption

Former Top Cuban Officials Sentenced to Jail for Corruption

Three former deputy industry ministers were among 13 people sentenced to prison for "offenses associated with corruption," Cuban Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. continue reading »