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The two Guantanamos have been a contrast since the U.S. opened the base at the southeastern tip of the island in 1903, following the Spanish-American War, and the divide has only grown under Cuba's communist government, which refuses to cash the annual rent checks from Washington as it insists the U.S. leave. Continue reading
The Yankees spent much of the trade deadline acquiring international pool money and after signing Cuban right-hander Osiel Rodriguez to a $600,000 deal, they spent a reported $2.5 million to add 16-year-old shortstop Alexander Vargas — also from Cuba. The switch-hitting Vargas has impressed with his speed and his glove. As a comparison, Gary Sanchez... Continue reading
Liberal take: Where Is the Left’s Foreign Policy? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have already slayed some political dragons, but when it comes to foreign policy, she’s “wielding a dull sword,” contends The New Republic’s Sarah Jones. And she’s not alone: It’s becoming increasingly common for left-wing politicians “to either botch or dodge foreign policy issues.” Even... Continue reading
On the same day that Venezuela’s “democratically” elected socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, whose once-wealthy nation now has citizens foraging for food, announced he was lopping five zeros off the country’s currency to create a “stable financial and monetary system,” Meghan McCain of “The View” was the target of Internet-wide condemnation for having stated some obvious... Continue reading
This helps explain why the Yankees hoarded all that international signing bonus money. The Yankees signed Osiel Rodriguez, a 16-year-old pitching prospect out of Cuba, for $600,000 on Sunday. The Yankees had made trades Saturday and Sunday to accrue the rights to spend more money on the international market — gaining $2.5 million with trades of... Continue reading
Mikey Garcia has big plans to prove he’s not just one of the best boxers of his era, but one of the best of all time. He takes a huge step toward that goal Saturday night when he faces Robert Easter Jr. in a lightweight unification bout at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Showtime will... Continue reading
See Yo later. Yoenis Cespedes is headed to surgery on both heels that will keep him sidelined for a minimum of 8-10 months — all but ensuring he won’t play the early portion of the 2019 season — the Mets announced Wednesday. “It’s possible it will be longer than that, but it probably won’t be... Continue reading
A black, lesbian political science professor claims the New School only hired her as a token of diversity to stem complaints about its mostly white staff, according to a lawsuit. Professor Robin Hayes, whose academic work focuses on race and diversity,... Continue reading
I was nervous. I was on my way to the airport, headed to Cuba. I’d be spending a week there with my friend Whitney, a couple days alone and the last week on a group tour sailing trip. It was Cuba itself that I was worried about. I’m not new to traveling. I’ve traveled to... Continue reading
Yoenis Cespedes has been part of the problem for the Mets this year, mainly by being injured and unavailable again. Of all things, he may have proposed a way to be part of a solution moving forward — for his own health and the structure of the team. According to a source familiar with the... Continue reading
BERLIN — Research suggests the family of Anne Frank, the world-famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America’s restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the... Continue reading
A cruise ship crew member fell overboard and was rescued by another passenger vessel passing by after nearly 24 hours at sea. The unidentified 33-year-old went overboard as the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway sailed back to Miami on Saturday, the cruise line said. The Coast Guard was alerted and started searching for him. By... Continue reading
It’s expensive to live in New York. But we big spenders get our money’s worth every summer — with hundreds of free outdoor activities. From movies to fireworks, there’s something to see and do every day that won’t cost you a dime. Here are our picks of this summer’s can’t-miss freebies. Concerts Acts from all... Continue reading
KEY WEST, Fla. — A Florida woman has completed a more than 100-mile voyage from Cuba to the Florida Keys on a standup paddleboard. Victoria Burgess arrived in Key West on Wednesday, paddling across the Florida Straits in just under 28 hours. Burgess is believed to be the first woman to make the trip from... Continue reading
An average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day — a statistic that weighs on the mind of Rich Murphy. Murphy, 38, is executive director of Veterans to Farmers, an organization he joined after suffering a devastating injury and bout with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in December 2007. Murphy, who had escaped injury during a... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump was heading to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea’s leader, a State Department diplomatic security agent who was part of the advance team reported hearing an unusual sound he believed was similar to what was experienced by US diplomats in Cuba and China who later became ill.... Continue reading
A restaurant in Washington, DC, is apologizing for an incident that took place Friday night, when one of the eatery’s managers unlawfully asked a transgender woman for ID before she used the ladies’ restroom. Charlotte Clymer was dining out with her friends at the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar when, toward the end of... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, the State Department said, bringing the total number to 25. The new “medically confirmed” worker is one of two who were recently evacuated from Cuba after reporting symptoms. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said... Continue reading
Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died. He was 68. His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I... Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” Haley is President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations. She says a year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if... Continue reading
A contingent of Democratic lawmakers made a Father’s Day visit to a detention center in New Jersey to meet with men seeking asylum who have been separated from their families because of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants. Following an hour of tense talks with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the seven House members... Continue reading
One of last summer’s surprise successes, “Marlon” is a throwback sitcom livened up by its rambunctious star, the irrepressible Marlon Wayans of the legendary family of comics. With older brother Damon coming back for Season 2 on Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and nephew Damon Wayans Jr. launching his own CBS comedy (“Happy Together”) this fall, the... Continue reading
Nearly two months after a referee was found dead inside a cockfighting ring outside Miami, the murder of a man known as “The Russian” among fans of the bloody sport remains unsolved — and no one wants to talk. Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department found the body of Jose Raudel Garcia — known as... Continue reading
GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. Embassy in China has sent its second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city. Friday’s alert urged Americans to seek medical help in the event they... Continue reading
Two American diplomats stationed in Guangzhou, China were reportedly evacuated from the region when they fell ill after hearing mysterious noises — as the baffling sicknesses, which began in Cuba, continues to haunt US embassies. The diplomats were flown out by the State Department, which also sent in a medical team to evaluate other employees... Continue reading
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After a newborn baby girl’s body was found floating off the Florida coast, detectives are trying to unravel the mystery of how she died and how long she had been in the water. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Stravelli said Monday that it’s unknown whether the child found floating... Continue reading
A third of countries still ban abortions with some jailing women for having miscarriages. Global abortion laws have come under the spotlight after the Republic of Ireland’s landmark vote to legalize the practice this week. The country voted overwhelmingly to repeal a clause in its constitution which outlaws terminations. More than 66 percent of Irish... Continue reading
A spooky, slowed-down version of the Mister Softee ice cream jingle blasted from Wi-Fi kiosks in Manhattan — giving passersby something to really scream for. The haunting tune began mysteriously playing in unison at up to 10 of the internet hotspots on Third Avenue near 43rd Street in Midtown last Wednesday, creeping out pedestrians and... Continue reading
Here’s an opportunity to invest in some surreal estate. In Miami, a roughly 2,552-square-foot property named Villa Paula will hit the market for $4.5 million as part of a four-lot commercial assemblage. Also included: a bunch of ghost stories, as Villa Paula — once a Cuban consulate — is reportedly the most haunted home in... Continue reading
An American working at the US Consulate in southern China reported experiencing “abnormal” sounds and pressure that resulted in a mild brain injury – reminiscent of a mysterious illness that recently hit diplomats in Cuba, officials said Wednesday. The unnamed employee in the city of Guangzhou “recently reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of... Continue reading
HAVANA — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews’ performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba’s national airline. The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace last year after authorities discovered... Continue reading
A Boeing 737 passenger jet with more than 100 people aboard crashed in a huge fireball Friday after taking off from an airport in Havana, Cuba, according to reports. Casualties were reported, according to CNN, which reported that the flight was headed ... Continue reading
When 74-year-old twins Marilise Flusser and Suzanne Matthau arrived at the historic Carlyle Hotel last Tuesday afternoon, they strode right past fashion designer Miuccia Prada and “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, burst into the quiet Bemelmans Bar with their overflowing bags and rainbow-colored outfits, and proceeded to take up about five tables. But they’re allowed.... Continue reading
CLEVELAND — A former Ohio State University football star has won the Republican nomination in the race to succeed Rep. Jim Renacci in Ohio’s U.S. House District 16. Renacci’s northeast Ohio seat is coming open because of his run for U.S. Senate. Former Buckeyes and Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez won a three-way primary Tuesday... Continue reading
MIAMI — A quarter-century after fleeing from the law, a man dubbed the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison for playing a key role in one of the biggest drug trafficking operations of the violent 1980s smuggling era. Gustavo Falcon, 56, was a fugitive for 26 years before... Continue reading
Before he took office, Andrew Cuomo’s Big Idea was to be a “strong governor.” He believed New York was lagging the nation because his predecessors had been pushed around by the Legislature, unions and other special interests. Any assessment of his tenure would have to conclude that Cuomo kept that promise. He has been New... Continue reading
There may be a travel advisory in place for Americans visiting Cuba, but diehard cruisers aren’t listening. In fact when American-based cruise lines began service to Cuba last year, they were inundated with bookings from excited passengers all anxious to visit Havana before, well, the ships ruined it. Time seems to have stood still in... Continue reading
Foreign desk: So Who’s Really Running Cuba Now? Cuba finally has a new president with a new name, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But, assert The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey and Ingrid Arnesen, “the notion that a new face in Havana means a new Cuba” is “sadly mistaken.” Indeed, “nobody should believe the Castros are gone, or that... Continue reading
As they aged into their 80s and 90s, the Castros and their fellow fighters cast a shadow so deep that Cubans born in the first decades after the revolution became known as Cuba's "lost generation," men and women who spent their lives executing the orde... Continue reading
One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists — a convicted cop-killer and fugitive now believed to be living in Cuba — has some money headed her way from North Carolina after a county-brokered land deal. Joanne Deborah Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, was cut a check for $15,351 by the Superior Court Clerk of New Hanover... Continue reading
Mayor Bill de Blasio was back to being just another comrade Friday night at an out-of-town reunion for a left-leaning social justice group that helps families sympathetic to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. “The mayor remains committed to the highest ideals of the Sandinistas, such as expanded access to education and health care,” de Blasio rep... Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — When Alice Gerstel bid an emotional farewell to her family’s closest friends in October 1941, she was hopeful she’d see “Little Simon” Gronowski again. And she did — 76 years later and half a world away from where they were separated in Brussels. Gerstel and her Jewish family had hidden in the... Continue reading
Now the statue-censors are going after . . . William McKinley? The City Council of Arcata, Calif., has voted to remove the town’s most prominent statue on the grounds that it represents “historical pain” to Native Americans; local advocates claim the 25th president promoted “settler colonialism.” It looks more like progressives with too much time on their... Continue reading
Back in the mid-1990s, if you were a Miami mobster seeking girls, guns, cocaine, the services of an arsonist, or muscle to beat down a deadbeat, Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg was your man. Garrulous and bearish, the dentist-turned-hood (practicing the former in the Soviet Union and training for the latter in Brighton Beach) routinely carried two... Continue reading
José “Pepito” Gómez defected from Cuba 10 years ago. But even long after he’d made a home in America, the singer never forgot Havana’s Areito Studios, where greats like Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz recorded in the 1940s and ’50s, before Fidel Castro took power. And so, while discussing dream projects with a couple of... Continue reading