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  • new storyPope gives tough love to Mexico's political, church elite story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:30 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Pope Francis challenged Mexico's political and ecclesial elites on Saturday to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are wracking the country, delivering a tough-love message to Mexico's ruling classes on his first full day in the country.

  • Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 8:50 am

    MOSCOW - Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.

  • 'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:24 pm

    MEXICO CITY - With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

  • The Latest: Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:21 pm

    HAVANA - The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:44 pm

    HAVANA - The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:12 pm

    HAVANA - The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

  • O'Farrill's Grammy-nominated CD expands US-Cuba dialogue story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:41 pm

    NEW YORK - Arturo O'Farrill's Grammy-nominated "Cuba: The Conversation Continues" just happened to be made in Havana by American and Cuban musicians at a dramatic turning point in relations between the two countries.

  • Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 12:13 am

    HAVANA - The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

  • Vietnam vet sues VA trying to get benefits living in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 5:21 pm

    HAVANA - Otto Macias was 19 when he left Cuba in the throes of a socialist revolution, enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to fight communists as a machine-gunner in Vietnam.

  • Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:27 pm

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.

  • Tattoos on the rebound in Cuba after years underground 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 12:03 am

    HAVANA - Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez's arm.

  • Californians want rum-crazy Cuba to start drinking wine story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 9:39 am

    HAVANA - The 3.5 million tourists who flooded Cuba last year downed oceans of mojitos, lakes of daiquiris and rivers of thin, sour beer. Only an odd few accompanied their ropa vieja and croquetas with wine - mostly overpriced, low- to mid-grade vintages from Chile, Argentina and Spain.

  • Bacardi protests renewal of Cuba's rum trademark in the US 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 12:47 pm

    CORAL GABLES, Florida - Bacardi wants to know more about a recent U.S. government decision allowing Cuba to sell its Havana Club rum in America when the U.S. trade embargo ends.

  • Big-money shoots may turn Havana into new Hollywood location 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 11:37 am

    HAVANA - The producers of Showtime's dark comedy "House of Lies" had $3 million and a mission: shoot the first episode of scripted American television in Cuba in more than half a century.

  • Colombia, rebels request UN monitor ceasefire 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 3:16 pm

    HAVANA - Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group marked another milestone in their rapidly advancing peace talks Tuesday, jointly requesting that the United Nations establish an international observer mission to monitor a disarmament process that could end in a matter of weeks Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.

  • Deep in Colombian jungle, peace looms at rebel hideout story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-19-16 3:13 pm

    IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHWEST COLOMBIA - The rebel leader known as Juan Pablo carries with him a new telescopic assault rifle and a heavy heart.

  • Stranded Cuban migrants make plans to cross Mexico story has photos
    Updated: Jan-14-16 12:37 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Nearly 200 Cuban migrants who recently arrived in southern Mexico after being stranded several months in Costa Rica began making plans on Thursday to travel to the border with the United States.