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Red flags, missed clues: How accused US diplomat-turned-Cuban spy avoided scrutiny for decades

Feb. 15, 2024 15:47 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Manuel Rocha was well known in Miami’s elite circles for an aristocratic, almost regal, bearing that seemed fitting for an Ivy League-educated career U.S. diplomat who held top posts in Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba and the White House. “Ambassador Rocha,” as he preferred to be...

Key points of AP report into missed red flags surrounding accused US diplomat-turned-Cuban spy

Feb. 15, 2024 11:20 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Friends and colleagues of Manuel Rocha knew him for an aristocratic, almost regal, bearing that was fitting for an Ivy League-educated career U.S. diplomat who held top posts across Latin America. So former CIA operative Félix Rodríguez was dubious in 2006 when a...

South Korea says opening diplomatic relations with Cuba would shock North Korea

Feb. 15, 2024 05:32 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s presidential office claimed Thursday that the country’s move to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba would deal a “political and psychological blow” to the South’s war-divided rival North Korea, whose diplomatic footing is largely dependent on...

Cuba's president replaces the country's economy minister following delays to planned price hikes

Feb. 02, 2024 20:29 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel removed the country's economy minister on Friday, according to state media, following a delay in recently announced measures to increase the prices of fuel and transportation. Cuba's Council of State, which is under the president's...

Florida Senate sends messages to Washington on budget, foreign policy, term limits

Feb. 01, 2024 14:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate spent much of Thursday passing measures to tell Washington what to do on the budget, term limits and foreign policy — issues Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to push now that he's stopped his presidential campaign. The Senate...

Colombia and the National Liberation Army rebels extend cease-fire for a week as talks continue

Jan. 30, 2024 02:47 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and the nation’s largest remaining rebel group announced Monday they will extend their current cease-fire by one week, while delegates from both sides who are meeting in Cuba continue to discuss policies that could secure a longer lasting truce. ...

Plea agreement may shorten further time at Guantanamo for 2 in connection with Bali bombings

Jan. 26, 2024 20:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military panel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, recommended 23 years in detention Friday for two Malaysian men in connection with deadly 2002 bombings in Bali, a spokesman for the military commission said. However, under a previously secret provision of the plea...

Families of those killed in the 2002 Bali bombings testify at hearing for Guantanamo detainees

Jan. 24, 2024 19:03 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Relatives of some of the 202 people killed in a pair of bombings on the resort island of Bali testified Wednesday of lives wrecked and families shattered in the attacks more than 20 years ago, speaking at a U.S. sentencing hearing at Guantanamo Bay for two Malaysian men in...

A last sticking point in border security negotiations is humanitarian parole. Here's what that means

Jan. 18, 2024 16:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is closing in on a Senate deal on border security and Ukraine funding as the White House tries to resolve one of the last major sticking points: whether to preserve the president’s authority to allow migrants into the U.S. for special cases during...

Star-studded breakaway Cuban baseball team celebrates its union, even without a place to play

Jan. 18, 2024 15:07 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A month before their fellow major leaguers will report for spring training, Aroldis Chapman, Yuli Gurriel and several other Cuban big leaguers assembled on an intimate field in Miami this week and slipped on gear with reminders of home. Joined by aspiring baseball prospects and...