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Stories with place: Havana
  • Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba 
    Updated: May-05-15 7:44 pm

    HAVANA - The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked story has photos
    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.

  • 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.

  • US-Cuba relations challenge ballplayers choosing pro path story has photosstory has video
    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.

  • NY's Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-15 9:40 pm

    HAVANA - Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

  • Both opposition candidates concede defeat in Cuban vote story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 9:56 pm

    HAVANA - Two dissident candidates conceded defeat Sunday in Cuban local elections that offered them a chance to become the first officials elected from outside the Communist Party in 40 years.

  • NY's Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 2:40 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more than headlines, however, remains to be seen.

  • 2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote 
    Updated: Apr-18-15 12:08 pm

    HAVANA - At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.

  • Obama says Cuba has agreed to address cases of US fugitives 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 2:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Cuba has agreed to work on resolving the cases of U.S. fugitives harboring from justice on the island as part of the effort to normalize relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama told lawmakers as he made the case for removing the former Cold War foe from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

  • Colombia resumes air raids on rebels after 11 troops killed story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-15 9:31 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's president on Wednesday ordered the resumption of air raids on rebel camps after an attack by leftist guerrillas killed 11 soldiers and wounded 19, jeopardizing progress in two-year-old peace talks.

  • Cubans to open talks about US fugitives as ties warm story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-15-15 3:29 pm

    HAVANA - The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced Wednesday.

  • Cuba fights public anger with reform in country's tense east story has photos
    Updated: Apr-14-15 5:20 pm

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba - Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy trashed Cuba's second-largest city, 35-year-old Melba Martinez is still out of work and struggling to feed two children on her state ration book and a daily hustle for extra rice or cooking oil.

  • Cubans welcome historic Castro-Obama meeting, want results story has photos
    Updated: Apr-11-15 7:47 pm

    HAVANA - Cubans hailed Saturday's historic meeting between presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama but said they want to see ties warm faster between the Cold War foes so that the lives of ordinary people on the island can improve.

  • Latest on Americas Summit: US sees progress in Colombia story has photos
    Updated: Apr-11-15 3:00 pm

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  • Obama: Decision near on removing Cuba from terror list story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-09-15 1:52 pm

    KINGSTON, Jamaica - President Barack Obama will act soon on a recommendation about whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, he said Thursday as he opened a three-day trip to the Caribbean and Central America.

  • Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor story has photos
    Updated: Apr-06-15 7:07 pm

    HAVANA - American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba's presence on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror and U.S. diplomats' freedom to travel and talk to ordinary Cubans without restriction, officials say.