Cuba

Awaiting American avalanche, Cubans rush to the beach

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VARADERO, Cuba - Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices.

Obama mulling options for closing Guantanamo prison: White House

WASHINGTON - The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, declining to rule out executive action as an option.

World, Politics, 31 Aug 2015

Brazilian weekly says Lula lobbied for Odebrecht in Cuba

BRASILIA - A Brazilian news magazine has accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of acting as lobbyist in Cuba for Brazil's largest engineering firm Odebrecht, which built the container terminal at the Cuban port of Mariel.

World, Brazil 30 Aug 2015

Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

MIAMI - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

MIAMI - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

U.S., Environment, 29 Aug 2015

An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking

HAVANA - Cuba will begin a two-month cloud-seeding campaign over the eastern part of the Caribbean island in hopes of easing the worst drought in more than a century, Communist Party daily Granma said on Friday.

Environment, 28 Aug 2015

Zoo staff help Washington panda with newborn twins

WASHINGTON - National Zoo staff are helping giant panda Mei Xiang adjust to life with her newborn twins by occasionally switching out one cub and keeping it in an incubator, zoo officials said on Sunday. | Video

U.S., Environment, 23 Aug 2015

White House, Cuba work to resume scheduled commercial flights: WSJ

WASHINGTON - The White House is seeking an agreement with Cuba to begin scheduled commercial flights between the two countries as soon as December, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing officials.

U.S., Politics, 17 Aug 2015

Cubans stunned by Kerry speech, but skeptical of change

HAVANA - The sight was so unlikely that some Cubans could scarcely believe it: a U.S. secretary of state lecturing their Communist government about democracy and human rights on state television.

World, Politics, 15 Aug 2015

Fidel Castro celebrates 89th birthday with leftist allies

HAVANA - Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday with two of his country's closest leftist allies from Latin America, a day ahead of a historic visit by the U.S. secretary of state. | Video

World, 14 Aug 2015
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Migrants scuffle with Hungary police; dead toddler's image shocks Europe

BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy. | Video