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Obama names U.S. ambassador to Cuba, setting up confirmation fight

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WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades, setting up a fierce confirmation battle with Republicans in Congress opposed to Obama’s opening with the communist-ruled island.

Baseball world mourns boating death of Miami Marlins star Fernandez

MIAMI Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami's Cuban community, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old. | Video

Sports, U.S., People Sep 26 2016

China, Cuba agree to deepen ties during PM Li's Havana visit

HAVANA Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban state media reported.

World, Sep 24 2016

Japanese PM says wants to deepen economic ties with Cuba

HAVANA Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship.

World, Japan, Sep 23 2016

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear program with Cuba's Fidel Castro

HAVANA Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba, called for a strong and unified international response to North Korea's nuclear program in rare talks with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Thursday. | Video

Cuba's Communist Party paper publishes U.S. election info notice

HAVANA Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma published on Wednesday a U.S. embassy notice advising Americans living on the island on how to register for the Nov. 8 presidential election, another sign of thawing relations between the former Cold War foes.

World, Sep 21 2016

Cuba volleyball players found guilty of aggravated rape in Finland

HELSINKI Five volleyball players from the Cuban national team were found guilty on Tuesday of aggravated rape of a woman while they were in Finland in July for a World League tournament prior to the Rio Olympics.

Sports, World, Sep 20 2016

Iran's president meets Castros in Cuba to reaffirm friendship

HAVANA Iran's President Hassan Rouhani met with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Monday in Havana to reaffirm friendly ties between the two countries and express a commitment to deepening their collaboration, Cuban state media reported.

World, United Nations, Davos Sep 19 2016

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba

HAVANA A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island's half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality.

World, Tech Sep 16 2016

U.S. confirms two more freed Guantanamo inmates rejoined militant groups

WASHINGTON In the first six months of 2016, two more militants released from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to fighting, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.

World, Sep 14 2016
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Syrian government launches Aleppo ground attack

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire. | Video