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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 »

Cuba’s First Cholera Outbreak in More than a Century

Cuba’s First Cholera Outbreak in More than a Century

The Cuban Ministry of Health has confirmed the first cholera outbreak in Cuba in more than a century. continue reading »

Diana Nyad Forced to Stop as She Attempted to Swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad Forced to Stop as She Attempted to Swim from Cuba to Florida

At 7:42 a.m. EDT Monday, Diana Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, had to be pulled from the water on the fourth day of her swim from Cuba to Florida. Stroking longer and farther than in any of her four attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida continue reading »

Cuba’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Drivers Create Union

Cuba’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Drivers Create Union

The Cuban government has authorized the founding of the first union section for drivers of horse-drawn carriages, with a membership of more than 30 independent workers, in the central province of Villa Clara, official media said Monday. continue reading »

Diana Nyad, 62, Once Again Attempting Swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad, 62, Once Again Attempting Swim from Cuba to Florida

Last year, Diana Nyad's attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida was cut short after multiple jellyfish stings resulted in a build up of toxins in her body. However, after making it through storms and jellyfish stings on Sunday, it loo continue reading »

Spaniard Charged with Negligent Homicide for Cuban Dissident’s Death

Spaniard Charged with Negligent Homicide for Cuban Dissident’s Death

Cuban prosecutors are asking for seven years in prison for negligent homicide for the visiting Spaniard who was behind the wheel for the car crash that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and a colleague, sources closes to the case told Efe. continue reading »

Gloria Estefan to Mentor Performing Artists on “The Next”

Gloria Estefan to Mentor Performing Artists on “The Next”

Singer Gloria Estefan will impart her experience as a music star to colleagues in the arts who want to launch their careers participating in the CW network's talent contest "The Next." continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Final Medal Count at the 2012 Olympics

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Final Medal Count at the 2012 Olympics

Of the 962 medals awarded, Latin America won 56. Ranging from Mexico's gold in soccer to Guatemala's first olympic medal, Latin America did very well at the 2012 Olympics. Check out HS News' infographic to see which LatAm country had the highest medal count. continue reading »

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Turns 86

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Turns 86

The former President of Cuba and brother of current President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro turns 86-years-old today. The ailing Castro’s last public appearance was when in March during Pope Benedict’s visit. continue reading »

Cuban Boxer Roniel Iglesias Brings Home Gold

Cuban Boxer Roniel Iglesias Brings Home Gold

Cuban light welterweight Roniel Iglesias won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, defeating Ukrainian Denys Berinchik 22-15. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

How many families are homeless or live in poor quality houses? Despite the strong economic performance Latin America and the Caribbean has enjoyed in the past decade, the lack of adequate housing for low income people remains a serious development problem for the region. continue reading »

Two Critically Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Hatched at the National Zoo

Two Critically Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Hatched at the National Zoo

Two Cuban crocodiles hatched at the National Zoo in July, the first in 24 years. Cuban crocodiles are critically endangered, making the babies very valuable. Because temperature during embryonic growth determines the sex continue reading »

Venezuela, Cuba Unite in New Tourism Venture

Venezuela, Cuba Unite in New Tourism Venture

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he will develop, together with Cuba, a large hotel complex on the Caribbean coast near Caracas, a tourist area left abandoned following the massive flooding that devastated the region in 1999. continue reading »

Cuban Power Grid to Receive $50 M Investment

Cuban Power Grid to Receive $50 M Investment

The Cuban government plans to invest $50 million to upgrade Havana's aging electricity grid, which has been plagued by power outages in recent weeks, state television reported. continue reading »

OLYMPICS 2012: Cuban Pole Vaulter Lazaro Borges Falls After Pole Snaps (VIDEO)

OLYMPICS 2012: Cuban Pole Vaulter Lazaro Borges Falls After Pole Snaps (VIDEO)

Sometimes things just go wrong for Olympics. Cuba’s Lazaro Borges can now include himself on the list of Olympians who had mishaps while the cameras were rolling. continue reading »