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Cuba's new president makes first trip to old Cold War foe United States

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HAVANA Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, arrived in New York on Sunday for his first trip to the United States, where he will denounce the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on his country at the U.N. General Assembly, state-run media reported.

Cuba's president meets U.S. Senator Corker amid tense bilateral relations

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who is on a trip to Havana to discuss tense bilateral relations and other "matters of common interest", state-run media reported on Thursday.

World, United Nations Sep 20 2018

Mavs' Cuban to donate $10 million after probe into workplace harassment

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to women's organizations following a seven-month investigation into sexual harassment allegations within the organization, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday.

Sports, Soccer, U.S. Sep 19 2018

German court releases Iraqi suspect in Chemnitz stabbing

BERLIN A German court on Tuesday released an Iraqi asylum seeker detained last month over the fatal stabbing of a Cuban-German man that set off violent protests by far-right radicals, his lawyer and a prosecutor said.

World, Iraq Sep 18 2018

Cuba's president says can't talk with Trump unless it's as equals

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in his first interview since taking office in April his government could not talk with U.S. President Donald Trump as long as Trump's administration kept its "abnormal" attitude toward the Communist-run island.

World, Sep 17 2018

In Cuba, street vendors sing to sell, from salsa to reggaeton

HAVANA Cuba's street vendors are bringing back the pregon, the art of singing humorous, rhyming ditties with double entendres about the goods they are selling, with some modernizing the tradition by setting their tunes to reggaeton. | Video

Sep 13 2018

Russia the main suspect in U.S. diplomats' illness in Cuba: NBC

WASHINGTON Russia is the main suspect in U.S. agencies' investigation of mysterious illnesses in American personnel in Cuba and China, NBC News reported on Tuesday. | Video

World, China, Russia Sep 11 2018

In Cuba, condom use stretches far beyond sex

HAVANA Cubans use them to fish, ferment wine, fix punctures or tie up hair; latex condoms have become the ultimate multipurpose tool on the Communist-run island where shortages of basic goods have forced locals to become masters of invention. | Video

Sep 05 2018

At 95, WW2 vet breaks own record as oldest scuba diver

LARNACA, Cyprus A 95-year-old British veteran of World War Two broke his own record on Saturday as the world's oldest scuba diver after taking the plunge to explore a shipwreck off Cyprus.

World, Sep 01 2018

U.S. State Department softens travel advisory on Cuba

HAVANA The United States on Thursday revised its travel advisory on Cuba to "exercise increased caution," from "reconsider travel," a move that some in the tourism sector hope could help reverse a decline in American visitors to the Caribbean island.

World, Aug 23 2018
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As U.S. sanctions near, Europe fails to protect Iran deal

UNITED NATIONS/BRUSSELS At a meeting in Washington after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, a senior U.S. official told European diplomats that their efforts to save the deal by protecting EU investment in the Islamic republic were pointless.