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The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations. Continue reading
The lawyer for U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for more than four years in Cuba, said Wednesday his client is certain he will go home in the next year, be it alive or dead. Continue reading
Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of hi... Continue reading
Once called the Bay of Pigs Museum, the planned tribute to the Cuban exile community hopes to rise near where the Miami Heat play. Continue reading
Cuba is dedicating this year's Havana Film Festival to the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Continue reading
Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. Continue reading
Frank Terpil says he once tried to hire two Cubans from Miami to assassinate an enemy of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi . Continue reading
The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb. Continue reading
The government will sell stocks of Chinese prophylactics marked with the ‘wrong’ expiration date Continue reading
Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski has asked that masses at the Our Lady of Charity shrine say special prayers this weekend for Cuban dissident Sonia Garro and two others jailed without trial since shortly before a papal mass in Havana in 2012. Continue reading
U.S. interests bought majority in a Dutch company, but did not get required U.S. license Continue reading
Condoms are now going for $1.30 — when Cubans can find them. Continue reading
When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors. Continue reading
U.S. government subcontractor Alan P. Gross, jailed in Havana for more than four years, suspended his because his mother asked him to stop, according to a family statement. Continue reading
A French foreign minister is visiting Cuba for the first time in 30 years at a time when the communist-led Caribbean nation is seeking to draw more foreign investment and improve ties with the European Union. Continue reading
Critics of a USAID-sponsored program to bring a Twitter-like network to Cuba say the island presents its own set of problems. Continue reading
As senator Patrick Leahy calls ZunZuneo ‘a cockamamie idea,’ senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez voice their support for the program. Continue reading
A Cuban Foreign ministry official says Havana still wants to swap Alan Gross for three Cuban spies in U.S. prisons. Continue reading
Cuba says it has launched a probe into how hundreds of thousands of customer cellphone numbers fell into the hands of a U.S. government agency. Continue reading
A boat with 15 Cuban migrants who say they are bound for Honduras is moored in waters of the Cayman Islands. Continue reading
His U.S. lawyer said Alan Gross was angered by reports that Washington launched a ‘covert’ effort that risked worsening his situation in Cuba. Continue reading
Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims b... Continue reading
An American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally setting up Internet access on the island is on a hunger strike, according to a statement his lawyer released Tuesday. Continue reading
With the long-standing notion of Western Pennsylvania as a "cradle" for football quarterbacks, a local professor wants to know if there's a similar geographic incubator for baseball pitchers or outfielders. Continue reading
Cuba has complained about the texing program, which was made public last summer. Continue reading
Cuban authorities say they have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs in health care, considered one of the "pillars" of the 1959 revolution. Continue reading
The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday. Continue reading
A Cuban man, who with his wife were slain in 1995, was preparing to testify about Cuba’s bioweapons capabilities to Congress, el Nuevo Herald has learned. Continue reading
The revelation that a U.S. government-funded program set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba is likely to pose new challenges for independent bloggers and exile groups that work to increase access to technology. Continue reading
Boxers from the U.S. and Cuba have gone glove-to-glove on Cuban soil for the first time in 27 years in a semipro World Series of Boxing clash that in many ways resembled a big-time Las Vegas bout. Continue reading
Cuban children wearing red or blue neckerchiefs dance, jump and play in a complex of blocky, Soviet-style buildings with a giant red "Che" scrawled above the entrance. Continue reading
Revelations of a secret U.S. government program to set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba are being trumpeted in the island's official media as proof of Havana's repeated allegations that Washington is waging a "cyber-war" to try to stir up unrest. Continue reading
On first read, the Associated Press report on the “Cuban Twitter” sounds ominous and cloak-and-daggerish — like an old Cold War caper. Continue reading
The USAID programs are branded as subversive by critics, and by others as support for democracy. Continue reading
USAID established a social network in Cuba that used secret shell companies and was financed through foreign banks. Continue reading
Cuban blogger says distribution will try to use novel ways to get around government monopoly on the mass media Continue reading
Cuban blogger Yoani (YO'-ahn-ee) Sanchez is scheduled to address a mix of fellow journalists, filmmakers and corporate PR execs at this year's annual Hispanicize conference in Miami. Continue reading
The U.S. Coast guard reports that air crews rescued 12 Cuban migrants after their vessel sank in the Caribbean Sea. Continue reading
Cuban lawmakers meet in Havana on Saturday for an extraordinary session on a proposed law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to do business in and with the country. Continue reading
Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a new foreign investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro's effort to reform the country's struggling economy. Continue reading
The sons of Cuba’s feared minister of the interior and of the island’s former intelligence chief are among the many relatives of top island officials now living in South Florida, according to a list published in a Miami Web page. Continue reading
A cruise ship came to the rescue of dozens of Cuban migrants on an overloaded vessel that was taking on water in the Florida Straits. Continue reading
Mustached and goateed men with broad-brimmed hats and leather chaps mingle in the dust, drinking beer and talking on cellphones. A woman tenderly straightens the red necktie of a nervous teen as he prepares to mount a bucking bronco. Continue reading
It's Saturday night at El Cocinero, a chic rooftop bar that has arguably become Havana's hippest watering hole in the year since it opened, and there's no getting in without a reservation. Continue reading
Cuba is giving hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday, though pay remains much lower than what medical professionals earn elsewhere. Continue reading