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Cuban Soccer Players ‘Vanish’ in Canada

Posted October 13th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Several members of the Cuban men’s football team visiting Canada left the group before their World Cup qualifying match Friday. The Cuban team arrived in Toronto with 15 players, but only 11 made it to the match. Cuban coach Alexander Gonzalez said four players left the team. He said one of them was sick. Gonzalez […]

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British-Australian Woman Attempts Record Cuba-US Swim

Posted June 29th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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British-Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey has set out on a record attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the U.S. state of Florida without a shark cage. The 49-year-old mother of three and grandmother of two dove into the sea off the Cuban capital, Havana, Friday morning. Before beginning the 166-kilometer […]

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US Calls on Cuba to Release Jailed American Contractor

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department is calling on Cuba to immediately release imprisoned American contractor Alan Gross, saying his health has worsened and that he can no longer walk. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Gross, who was arrested more than two-and-a-half years ago, has lost 45 kilograms in detention and is no longer able to […]

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Florida Company Sues State Over Cuban and Syrian Sanctions

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Florida subsidiary of a Brazilian construction firm is suing the state over a new law barring local governments from hiring companies that do business with Cuba or Syria. Odebrecht USA has filed its lawsuit in a federal court in Miami, calling the law unenforceable and unconstitutional. It contends only the federal government and not […]

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Cuba Reacts to Exclusion from Summit

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Cuban government has urged regional leaders to stay united, following the United States’ rebuff of Cuban efforts to get invited to the next summit of the Americas. The statement, published Wednesday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma, was their first reaction to their exclusion from last week’s summit in Cartagena, Colombia. The United States, […]

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US Baseball Manager Suspended Over Pro-Castro Comments

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The manager of a professional Major League Baseball team based in Florida, home to a large population of Cuban exiles, has been suspended for five games without pay because of remarks he made in support of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made a public statement of apology Tuesday, shortly after […]

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US Baseball Manager Suspended Over Pro-Castro Comments

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The manager of a professional Major League Baseball team based in Florida, home to a large population of Cuban exiles, has been suspended for five games without pay because of remarks he made in support of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made a public statement of apology Tuesday, shortly after his […]

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US: Cuba Shows ‘Disdain’ For Human Rights By Detaining Dissidents

Posted March 19th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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The White House says the detention of protestors in Cuba ahead of a papal visit underscores Havana’s “disdain” for the universal rights of its people. In a statement Monday, the White House called for Cuban authorities to “abandon their tactics of intimidation and harassment to stifle peaceful dissent.” Cuban authorities detained more than 50 members […]

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Cuban Prisoner Dies After Hunger Strike

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuban human rights activists say jailed dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza has been buried in his hometown in eastern Cuba. The activists say the 31-year-old Villar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died Thursday following a seven-week-long hunger strike. Last November, Villar was arrested after taking part in a march. A few days later, he was […]

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Cuban Prisoner Dies After Hunger Strike

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuban human rights activists say jailed dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza has died following a seven-week-long hunger strike. The activists say the 31-year-old Villar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died Thursday in a Santiago hospital, where he had been transferred. Last November, Villar was arrested after taking part in a march. A few days later, […]

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