- Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors 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.
- 2nd group of Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica flown out Updated: Feb-05-16 4:56 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - A second group of Cuban migrants was traveling through Central America toward the United States on Friday after being stranded in Costa Rica for months when Nicaragua closed its border to them.
- Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.
- Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison's fate Updated: Feb-05-16 12:02 pm
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful.
- Californians want rum-crazy Cuba to start drinking wine 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.
- Officials detain 13 Cuban migrants found near Puerto Rico Updated: Feb-03-16 9:02 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Authorities in Puerto Rico have detained 13 migrants from Cuba who were found on an uninhabited island.
- Castro meets with French officials to boost business ties Updated: Feb-02-16 1:47 pm
PARIS - Cuban President Raul Castro held a series of meetings with senior French officials on Tuesday, the second day of a state visit to France aimed at boosting business ties between the two countries.
- 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.
- Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures Updated: Jan-26-16 9:15 pm
HAVANA - The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
- Andrew Selsky named AP's Salem, Oregon, correspondent Updated: Jan-26-16 1:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Andrew Selsky, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Associated Press who has reported in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named AP's Salem correspondent. He will cover Oregon state government and politics and write about issues throughout the West.
- Guantanamo refugee in Uruguay released on domestic violence Updated: Jan-24-16 4:23 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The attorney for one of six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who sought refuge in Uruguay says his client was released after a judge found insufficient evidence against him in a domestic violence case.
- Cuba, US officials hold talks on Internet and telecoms Updated: Jan-22-16 10:01 pm
HAVANA - Cuban officials say they have held two days of talks with their U.S. counterparts about telecommunications and the Internet.
- Uruguay: Ex-Gitmo inmate arrested in domestic violence case Updated: Jan-22-16 6:23 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - A Uruguayan police official says a former Guantanamo detainee resettled in the South American nation has been arrested on a domestic violence complaint.
- 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.
- Prisoner refuses to leave Guantanamo as 2 depart for Balkans Updated: Jan-21-16 6:17 pm
MIAMI - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base in Cuba, rejecting an offer to be resettled in an unfamiliar new country.
- Coast Guard: Migrants fleeing Cuba increasingly violent Updated: Jan-20-16 3:40 pm
MIAMI - Cuban migrants desperate to reach U.S. shore are increasingly violent and noncompliant with Coast Guard crews who detain them at sea, authorities said Wednesday, citing reports of attempted poisoning and self-inflicted wounds as rumors swirl that the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy will soon be abandoned.
- Fugitive from Cuba back in Iowa to face gun, escape charges Updated: Jan-20-16 3:36 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A man facing federal firearms charges in Iowa who was found in Cuba attempting to escape prosecution has been returned to Iowa and faces a court hearing to determine whether he should remain in federal custody until his trial.
- 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 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.
- Miami politicians pushing to prevent Cuban consulate in city Updated: Jan-19-16 3:26 am
MIAMI - Some politicians in Miami are pushing hard to prevent Cuba from ever opening a consulate in the city, saying it would inflame passions among Cuban exiles and pose a security risk.
- Analysis: Prisoner release leaves GOP in tough spot on Iran Updated: Jan-16-16 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Iran's release of five Americans gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to deliver a harsh reminder to the Republicans wanting to succeed him: You can promise to pull back the hand I've extended to Iran and Cuba - nations the U.S. once cut off - but it won't be easy and it may be lonely.
- White House aide uses El Chapo in case to close Guantanamo Updated: Jan-15-16 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON - If a U.S. prison is good enough for El Chapo, it should be good enough for Guantanamo Bay detainees.
- Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman Updated: Jan-14-16 7:27 pm
MIAMI - Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the detention center.
- Stranded Cuban migrants make plans to cross Mexico 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.