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Stories with place: Cuba
  • Some Cubans see US thaw as a boon, others pessimistic 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:20 pm

    HAVANA - As Havana and Washington move to restore full ties, Cubans are watching closely. Some hope rapprochement will help them make a small business prosper or keep in touch with relatives in Florida, while others doubt it will do anything to improve their lives.

  • Overcoming hostilities, US and Cuba to open embassies story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.

  • The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):

  • Religion news in brief 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:35 pm

    Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

  • DC stop of Pope Francis trip includes White House, Congress 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will spend 48 hours in Washington during a September visit, stopping at both the White House and Congress on his first trip to the United States as pope, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

  • DC stop of Pope Francis trip includes White House, Congress 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis will spend 48 hours in Washington during a September visit, stopping at both the White House and Congress on his first trip to the United States as pope, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

  • Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • New Victory Theater to offer 'Robin Hood,' 'Caps for Sale' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:51 am

    NEW YORK - A witty play about Robin Hood, a cycling-inspired circus, musicals of the classic books "Caps For Sale" and "The Gruffalo" and a look at the brave Tuskegee Airmen are among next season's offerings as The New Victory Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary.

  • US Sen. Leahy sees 'positive change,' work to do in Cuba story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 4:47 pm

    HAVANA - A leading U.S. Democratic senator said Saturday that Cuba is making progress on reform, but much remains to be done, including opening a U.S. embassy in the country.

  • Leahy heads US Senate delegation to Cuba ahead of embassies 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 6:17 pm

    HAVANA - A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators was in Cuba on Friday to meet with top government officials and others to discuss rapprochement between the two countries.

  • Guantanamo prisoner on long hunger strike to be sent home 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 11:44 am

    MIAMI - A prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike to protest his confinement at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now return to his native Saudi Arabia, a government review board said Friday.

  • Amid new engagements, US tags Cuba, Iran as rights abusers story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday tagged Iran and Cuba as serial human rights abusers even as the Obama administration accelerates attempts to improve relations with both countries.

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 8:36 am

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 6:13 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:47 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.

  • Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:38 pm

    HAVANA - Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

  • Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:13 pm

    HAVANA - Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:28 am

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

  • Richard Branson says 2020 Miami sail for Virgin Cruises story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:41 pm

    MIAMI - Dressed in red shorts and a captain's hat, Richard Branson on Tuesday announced that Virgin Cruises will sail its first ship out of PortMiami in 2020.

  • Richard Branson to announce development in Virgin Cruises 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:39 pm

    MIAMI - Dressed in red shorts and a captain's hat, Richard Branson on Tuesday announced that Virgin Cruises will sail its first ship out of PortMiami in 2020.

  • Review board weighs release of injured Guantanamo prisoner 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 3:46 pm

    MIAMI - A Libyan prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with battlefield wounds made his initial appearance Tuesday before a review board that will decide whether he can be released after 13 years in custody.

  • Hemingway's Havana home to get $900,000 in US improvements 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 4:11 pm

    HAVANA - A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway's books, letters and photos - the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo on the island.

  • Hemingway's Havana home to get $900,000 in US improvements 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 4:07 pm

    HAVANA - A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway's books, letters and photos - the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo on the island.

  • Havana Biennial: Bargains, hype, politics and the Malecon 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 10:56 am

    The Havana Biennial art exposition wrapping up Monday has been held 12 times since the 1980s. But this is the first since U.S. efforts to improve relations with Cuba began six months ago, allowing an unusually large contingent of American visitors.

  • Minnesota Orchestra to perform 'Celebrate Cuba!' concert 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 5:05 am

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Orchestra is continuing its musical exchange with Cuba.