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Cuba releases first group of players eligible for MLB

The Cuban Baseball Federation is releasing its first group of players able to sign contracts with major league franchises, meaning some players could be legally playing in the United States this year as part of an historic deal between Cuba and the maj… Continue reading

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Prince Charles, Camilla tour Old Havana on royal visit

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began their first full day in Cuba Monday with a visit to Old Havana, touring churches, shops and cafes in the narrow cobblestoned streets of the historic center before other events around the capital city. Continue reading

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AP photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the daily joys and tribulations of life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly while on assignment on Saturday afternoon in … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico grid ‘teetering’ despite $3.8 billion repair job

After months of darkness and stifling heat, Noe Pagan was overjoyed when power-line workers arrived to restore electricity to his home deep in the lush green mountains of western Puerto Rico. Continue reading

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AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

Raul Castro’s time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans’ ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump: ___ BEFORE DETENTE Before former President… Continue reading

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FEMA says it is not cutting off aid to Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is not cutting off food and water supplies to Puerto Rico despite reports that it intended to do so. Continue reading

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Cuba formally inaugurates US-sponsored statue honoring hero

President Raul Castro and his expected successor attended the formal unveiling of a U.S.-sponsored statue of independence hero Jose Marti on Sunday in a sign of Cuba’s focus was of maintaining ties with the United States despite a chill in relations un… Continue reading

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Cuba’s expected next president starts to take higher profile

The man widely seen as Cuba’s next president delivered a defiant rejection of demands for change in the island’s single-party system as he participated Sunday in the first in a series of elections expected to end with his taking over from Raul Castro n… Continue reading

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Armando Hart, historic Cuban revolutionary figure, dies

Armando Hart, a historic figure of the Cuban revolution who as education minister in the early 1960s oversaw a huge literacy campaign aimed at ensuring all Cubans could read and write, died Sunday at age 87. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s president says new assembly to convene soon

President Nicolas Maduro’s government says it is close to convening a special assembly endowed with powers to rewrite the constitution, override other branches of government and punish opposition leaders. Continue reading

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Election council says 8M voted to create Venezuelan assembly

Venezuela’s election body says more than 8 million people voted to grant President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers with a constitutional assembly — a turnout more than double the estimates of the government’s political opponents and independent experts. Continue reading

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Venezuela leader: Will use new assembly to go after foes

President Nicolas Maduro is pledging to go after his political foes with the virtually unlimited powers of a constitutional assembly that his backers will select Sunday as his opponents wage a last-ditch battle to halt what they call the replacement of… Continue reading

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Venezuela crisis enters new phase with Sunday vote

Despite four months of deadly protests and the threat of U.S. sanctions, Venezuela on Saturday found itself 24 hours away from a consolidation of government power that appeared certain to drag the OPEC nation deeper into a crisis that has entire neighb… Continue reading

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Venezuela opposition leader urges public, army, on strike

Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called on Venezuelans to support a 48-hour general strike beginning Wednesday in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in his first direct public message since being released from prison to house arrest. Continue reading

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Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

Refineries have gone dark. Continue reading

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