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Americans Lament Cuba Becoming “Forbidden Island” Again

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, June 18 – American travelers who long to swill a cocktail at Havana’s legendary Sloppy Joe’s bar or dive into the rooftop pool of its newest luxury hotel had their dreams dashed when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy this week. In a setback to the U.S.-Cuban detente

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Communist-Ruled Cuba Hosts First Transgender Mass

By Sarah Marsh and Anett Rios MATANZAS, Cuba, May 7 – For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the more groundbreaking. Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors,

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Castro to be Laid to Rest Next to Cuban Independence Hero Marti

By Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba, Dec 4 – Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro’s life will continue in death. Castro and his leftist revolutionaries claimed Marti’s mantle upon overthrowing a U.S.-backed regime in 1959 and later

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Reunited in Death: Fidel Castro’s Remains Rest at Che Guevara Mausoleum

By Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré SANTA CLARA, Havana, Dec 1 – One of history’s best known double acts was temporarily reunited on Wednesday, when Fidel Castro’s ashes arrived at a mausoleum housing the bones of his fellow revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, part of a three-day cortege for the Cuban leader. Castro was cremated after

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Fidel Castro: Farewell Comandante

The man who defied America, defeated by death BY Leila Hatoum At the age of 90, the man who defied 11 U.S. presidents, reportedly overcame over 600 assassination attempts by U.S. intelligence agencies, and brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war, finally succumbed to his death on November 25. With 49 years

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Castro and the Catholic Church – From Persecution to Praise

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 26  – Baptised as a Roman Catholic and educated by Jesuits, Fidel Castro became a persecutor of the Church after seizing power in Cuba in 1959. Nearly 40 years later, he began a rapprochement that was eventually to enable the Vatican to broker a historic resumption of ties between

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Millennials Lead Private Media Opening in Communist-Run Cuba

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Sept 16 – 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. While low levels of internet access across the Caribbean island limits the outlets’ domestic reach and they are not fully free to

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U.S. To Transfer Yemeni, Tajik Guantanamo Inmates to Serbia

WASHINGTON, July 11 – Two inmates from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being transferred to Serbia, leaving 76 detainees at the facility, the U.S. government said on Monday. The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Yemeni national Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi and Tajik national Muhammadi Davlatov. It is the first

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Guantanamo, Rights Issues in Defense Bill Divide U.S. Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, May 18 – The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee announced his opposition on Wednesday to the 2017 defense authorization bill, underscoring the partisan divide over the $602 billion defense policy measure. Representative Adam Smith said changes in the bill this week by Republicans, who control

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