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World Jun 24What’s an advanced Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?
Russia has not provided details about the purpose of its trip, but the Kremlin has moved to bolster Russia's military capability amid tensions with the West.
Nation Jun 04Trump administration bans educational and recreational travel to Cuba
A Treasury Department statement says the U.S. will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as "people to people" travel to the island.
World Apr 07In possible first, Cuba allows march by animal activists
A march by independent civil society groups seeking government action will be a remarkable sight in a country where, for nearly 60 years, virtually every aspect of life was part of a single chain of command ending in a supreme…
World Mar 04Trump administration prepares to tighten Cuba trade embargo
Under the new rules, the U.S. would allow lawsuits against foreign companies using properties confiscated by the Cuban government after the 1959 revolution.
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…