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Cuba Denies U.S. Claim that Gross’s Health is Deteriorating

Cuba Denies U.S. Claim that Gross’s Health is Deteriorating

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, behind bars since December 2009, is in "normal" health, the Cuban government said Friday, dismissing Washington's recent statements to the contrary as "distortions." continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. continue reading »

Human Rights Group Reports Over 400 Arbitrary Arrests in Cuba last May

Human Rights Group Reports Over 400 Arbitrary Arrests in Cuba last May

The opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported Thursday that at least 423 arbitrary arrests were made for political reasons in May of this year. continue reading »

ING Bank to Forfeit $619 Million for Illegal Banking Transactions with Cuba and Iran

ING Bank to Forfeit $619 Million for Illegal Banking Transactions with Cuba and Iran

ING Bank N.V., a financial institution headquartered in Amsterdam, has agreed to forfeit $619 million to the Justice Department for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) continue reading »

Catholic Bishop Expelled From Cuba Willed $60,000 to Cuban Diocese

Catholic Bishop Expelled From Cuba Willed $60,000 to Cuban Diocese

The late Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman, one of the spiritual leaders of South Florida's Cuban exile community, left $60,000 in his will to the Matanzas diocese in Cuba, the Miami archdiocese said Monday. continue reading »

Cuba to Boost Alternative Energy Production to Protect Its ‘Sovereignty’

Cuba to Boost Alternative Energy Production to Protect Its ‘Sovereignty’

Cuba is intending to increase its renewable energy production by 12 percent over the next eight years in a governmental push for "energy security and sovereignty," an article posted on the official Cubadebate Web site said. continue reading »

8 Cubans Escape From Immigration Detention Center in Mexico

8 Cubans Escape From Immigration Detention Center in Mexico

A bulletin has been issued for eight Cuban migrants who escaped from an immigration detention camp in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. continue reading »

Over 1 Million Cubans Suffering From Water-Supply Issues

Over 1 Million Cubans Suffering From Water-Supply Issues

More than 1,159,000 Cubans are currently suffering the effects of water-supply problems on the island, a state television news report said. continue reading »

Cuban Catholic Primate Meets With Dissident Group Ladies in White

Cuban Catholic Primate Meets With Dissident Group Ladies in White

Leaders of the dissident group Ladies in White spent nearly four hours Thursday with Cuba's Catholic primate, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, asking him to mediate with the communist government to stop its repression of them. continue reading »

George Clooney to Direct “Comandante” Based on American’s Role in Castro’s Overthrow of Batista

George Clooney to Direct “Comandante” Based on American’s Role in Castro’s Overthrow of Batista

Hollywood superstar George Clooney will direct a movie based on the story of an American’s role in helping Fidel Castro Overthrow the Fulgencio Batiste regime. continue reading »

Cuba Agrees to Visit By U.N. Rapporteur on Torture

Cuba Agrees to Visit By U.N. Rapporteur on Torture

Cuba pledged Friday to allow a visit by the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture, whose predecessor tried unsuccessfully to obtain authorization to visit the Caribbean island. continue reading »

Salsa Icon Celia Cruz Wins “Iconic American” Contest At The Smithsonian

Salsa Icon Celia Cruz Wins “Iconic American” Contest At The Smithsonian

Late Cuban-American salsa icon Celia Cruz was voted the winner of the Smithsonian's Frame an Iconic American contest and will be the subject of a biographical portrait to be exhibited at that institution's National Museum of American History in Washington. continue reading »

Castro Knew About JFK Assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald, New Book Claims

Castro Knew About JFK Assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald, New Book Claims

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro knew that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was going to be shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, former CIA analyst Brian Latell says in his new book, "Castro's Secrets. The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine." continue reading »

Cuban Men Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship Near Key West - Were They Trying to Get to U.S.?

Cuban Men Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship Near Key West - Were They Trying to Get to U.S.?

While one cruise ship defends itself for not helping stranded boaters, some of who died, another is being called heroic. Over the weekend, cruise ship Disney Fantasy embarked from Port Canaveral, on its way to Gra continue reading »

Cuba’s Sugar Harvest Fell Short By 68,000 tons

Cuba’s Sugar Harvest Fell Short By 68,000 tons

The 2011-2012 sugar harvest in Cuba was 16 percent bigger than the year before, but the results were "modest" and "insufficient" following a disappointing growing season, government officials said. continue reading »