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Stories with place: Havana
  • US official: Ending embargo of Cuba will take time story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:10 pm

    HAVANA - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker wrapped up her visit to Cuba on Wednesday by saying both sides need to learn more about each other as they work to improve relations.

  • Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 3:21 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - A stunning diplomatic breakthrough leaves a minefield of problems standing between Colombia and the tantalizing prospect of peace after generations of armed conflict.

  • Pope's Cuba trip helped advance Colombia peace talks story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:04 am

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Pope Francis may not have directly facilitated Wednesday's breakthrough in talks to end Colombia's half-century armed conflict, but the spirit of the popular pontiff hovered over the negotiation of the historic agreement, people involved in the talks said.

  • Pope calls on Cubans to live 'revolution of tenderness' story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 5:14 pm

    SANTIAGO, Cuba - Pope Francis ended his four-day trip to Cuba on Tuesday by calling on Cubans to rediscover their Catholic heritage and live a "revolution of tenderness," powerful words in a country whose 1959 revolution installed an atheist, communist government that sought to replace the church as the guiding force in people's lives.

  • Pope presses message to Cuba: Be willing to change story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-21-15 11:10 pm

    SANTIAGO, Cuba - Pope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their own history: Overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.

  • Security is tight after Cuban dissident confronts pope story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 7:05 pm

    SANTIAGO, Cuba - Security was tight Monday for Pope Francis after a dissident got close enough to touch the popemobile a day earlier and at least three other opposition members were thwarted trying to accept Vatican invitations to greet the pontiff at ceremonies in Havana.

  • For Cuban family, pope's message on ideology hits home story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 5:29 pm

    HOLGUIN, Cuba - In this quiet city in eastern Cuba, families know how ideology can divide.

  • A look at Cuba's Cardinal Jaime Ortega 
    Updated: Sep-20-15 1:11 pm

    HAVANA - A look at Cuba's top Roman Catholic churchman, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who at Mass on Sunday thanked Pope Francis for his work promoting detente between Havana and Washington and called for reconciliation between Cubans living on the island and elsewhere.

  • AP WAS THERE: Pope John Paul II arrives in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:15 am

    HAVANA - EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 21, 1998, Pope John Paul II became the first Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba, and more than 20 AP writers, editors, photographers and TV staffers arrived to cover the historic visit.

  • A glance at current and past papal visits to Cuba 
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:04 am

    HAVANA - Pope Francis will be the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba when he arrives on Saturday.

  • An anxious, but hopeful return to Cuba for pope's visit story has photos
    Updated: Sep-18-15 8:45 pm

    HAVANA - When Fidel Castro staged a first, failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, Roman Catholic Archbishop Enrique Perez Serantes pleaded for the rebel leader's life to be saved. After Castro took power, Serantes' support turned to opposition and the prelate's family fled.

  • Pope plans to duck dissidents in Cuba, spawning criticism story has photos
    Updated: Sep-18-15 11:41 am

    HAVANA - Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba's president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not with its dissidents.

  • Cubans hope pope will accelerate warming with US story has photos
    Updated: Sep-17-15 11:49 am

    HAVANA - Seventeen years ago, a newly named Argentine archbishop laid out his thoughts on the meaning of a papal visit to Cuba.

  • 'Pope Plan' transforms Havana, Cuban city known for decay 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 10:06 am

    HAVANA - Windows looking out on the Church of the Sacred Heart were covered with tattered newspapers. Wheel-swallowing potholes pitted the streets. Paint peeled off the walls in sheets.

  • As pope set to visit, Church has boosted social work in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Sep-15-15 2:02 am

    HAVANA - As vespers drew to a close at the St. Egidio Catholic community center, a dozen homeless men in threadbare pants and rumpled T-shirts shuffled into a side room where volunteers handed out cups of soda and soft yellow rolls spread with mayonnaise.