- Canadian judge delays bail decision for ex-Gitmo inmate Updated: May-05-15 6:34 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta - A Canadian judge said Tuesday she needs more time to make a decision on whether a former Guantanamo Bay inmate should be released on bail while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.
- Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba Updated: May-05-15 5:01 pm
HAVANA - The Obama administration has approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in consumer goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year.
- Vatican says Cuban president to visit Pope Francis this week Updated: May-05-15 3:01 pm
- Minnesota Orchestra returns to Cuba, first visit since 1930 Updated: May-05-15 1:10 pm
HAVANA - The Minnesota Orchestra is preparing to make its first visit to Cuba in 85 years.
- Cuban wrestlers to face USA in Times Square Updated: May-04-15 5:41 pm
NEW YORK - The Cuban national wrestling team will face off against the U.S. in an exhibition in New York's Times Square later this month.
- Anti-Cuban embargo movement picks up steam in US Updated: May-04-15 4:04 pm
HAVANA - Big businesses and politicians from both sides of the ideological spectrum are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations.
- Qatar says Taliban, Afghan officials to hold 2 days of talks Updated: May-02-15 1:28 pm
DOHA, Qatar - Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of "reconciliation" talks in Qatar, the Gulf nation's state news agency reported Saturday, although both sides sought to downplay expectations from the meeting.
- Florida growers worry about Cuban imports Updated: May-02-15 12:41 pm
WINTER HAVEN, Florida - Some of Florida's agriculture experts say normalizing relations with Cuba could threaten the state's citrus and vegetable crops.
- US seeks to compensate victims of Sudan, Iran and Cuba Updated: May-01-15 2:34 pm
NEW YORK - The U.S. government announced a system Friday to compensate people harmed by Sudan, Iran and Cuba using some of the $8.9 billion forfeited by France's largest bank for violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries.
- May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked Updated: May-01-15 1:21 pm
HAVANA - Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.
- House defense bill - at odds with Obama, Iraq, sage grouse Updated: Apr-30-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A nearly $612 billion defense policy bill headed to the House floor is at odds with the White House, a Shiite cleric in Iraq, anyone who wants to bar lethal aid to Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-backed rebels - and a bird known for its strutting.
- Marine charged in military court in Va. with hazing Updated: Apr-30-15 11:58 am
NORFOLK, Virginia - A decorated Marine accused of humiliating and physically abusing those under his command - ordering one to punch another hard enough to make him urinate blood - is facing a court-martial in Virginia.
- Florida's ban on educational travel to Cuba stays in place Updated: Apr-30-15 9:34 am
MIAMI - The Florida Board of Governors says the state's ban on educational travel to Cuba will stay in place until the U.S. and Cuba re-establish full diplomatic relations.
- Watchdog group issues dismal report on global press freedom Updated: Apr-29-15 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Terrorists are targeting journalists, authoritarian governments are jailing them and some countries are tightening media controls, developments that help explain why global press freedom in 2014 fell to the lowest point in more than 10 years, a democracy watchdog group said Wednesday.
- House GOP bill blocks new air flights, cruise ships to Cuba Updated: Apr-28-15 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration's recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba.
- GOP defense budget challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo Updated: Apr-27-15 8:38 pm
WASHINGTON - The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet.
- Texas trade group heads to Cuba Updated: Apr-25-15 5:34 pm
DALLAS - A Texas delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. embargo.
- Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy Updated: Apr-24-15 11:08 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
- Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, from Cuba, becomes US citizen Updated: Apr-24-15 12:35 pm
MIAMI - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.
- Religion news in brief Updated: Apr-24-15 7:17 am
Catholics say final farewell to Chicago's Cardinal George
- Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball Updated: Apr-23-15 8:06 pm
HAVANA - Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game's popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of detente between Washington and Havana.
- Manfred hopes for exhibition games in Cuba in 2016 Updated: Apr-23-15 7:14 pm
NEW YORK - Rob Manfred believes Major League Baseball can engage in some fastball diplomacy.
- US-Cuba relations challenge ballplayers choosing pro path Updated: Apr-21-15 5:52 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Yasmany Tomas had three choices to continue his baseball career: stay in Cuba and make up to $2,500 a month, play in Japan with a shot at a million dollar contract, or give up family and life in the island on hopes of hitting the jackpot in the major leagues.
- US: NKorea should learn from nuclear talks with Iran Updated: Apr-21-15 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON - North Korea should learn from the emerging nuclear deal with Iran that Washington is willing to engage its adversaries if it has a "credible" partner to negotiate with, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
- Long-term hunger strike in bid for freedom from Guantanamo Updated: Apr-21-15 4:35 pm
MIAMI - A Saudi prisoner at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who has been on a nine-year hunger strike would participate in a rehabilitation program for militants and settle down to a peaceful life if allowed to go home, his lawyer told a government review panel Tuesday.