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World Jan 14Men dressed as police massacred civilians in Haiti, witnesses say
Witnesses, a human-rights group and a Catholic charity told The Associated Press that at least 21 men were slain over a 24-hour period in a Nov. 13 massacre.
Nation Dec 19Deal allows Cubans to sign with big league baseball teams without defecting
Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on…
World May 20Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints
The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade.
Nation May 18Army Corps of Engineers to leave Puerto Rico with hurricane recovery unfinished
On Friday, the restoration of thousands of miles of downed power lines will be handed back to the U.S. territory's bankrupt public utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA.
World Sep 14In Cuba, mystery deepens over attacks on U.S. diplomats
Suspicion initially focused on a sonic weapon, and on the Cubans. Yet the diagnosis of mild brain injury, considered unlikely to result from sound, has confounded the FBI, the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies involved in the investigation.
Politics Mar 20Obama steps into history with extraordinary visit to Cuba
Obama's whirlwind trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. While deep differences persist, the economic and political relationship has changed rapidly in the 15 months since…
Nation Aug 15After ceremonial flag raising, real talk of diplomacy begins in Cuba
A jubilant flag-raising at the reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana is giving way to serious talk about the road ahead in improving relations between the United States and Cuba.
World Jan 23US, Cuba disagree on human rights as diplomatic talks in Havana close
HAVANA — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.
World Jan 22U.S., Cuba look to clear roadblocks to diplomatic relations
HAVANA — The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials.
Nation Jan 15United States loosens embargo against Cuba
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.