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AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Viengsay...

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

Dec. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 million mark in 2019, but U.S. sanctions and...

Evo Morales' party choosing candidates for Bolivia elections

Dec. 7, 2019 2:39 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — With its top leader absent, the party of Evo Morales gathered Saturday in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to start choosing its candidates for new elections called after the resignation and exile of the former president amid protests over vote results. Morales' Movement Toward...

Evo Morales leaves Mexico on 'temporary' trip to Cuba

Dec. 6, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Evo Morales, the self-exiled former president of Bolivia, is in Cuba for a medical appointment, an aide to the former leader said Friday night. Gabriela Montaño, a former Bolivian health minister who has been with Morales in Mexico, did not specify whether he made the trip for a...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Nov. 29, 2019 12:03 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. In the region’s latest civil unrest, demonstrators took to Colombia’s streets again to voice displeasure with the administration...

Cuba shows video of detained dissident in agitated state

Nov. 28, 2019 12:04 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban state television has shown video of detained opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer in an apparent state of agitation in a police interrogation room. The video released Wednesday night appears to show Ferrer banging his head on a metal table, throwing furniture and shouting. The...

Tennessee National Guard unit deploying to Guantanamo Bay

Nov. 27, 2019 4:56 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee National Guard unit is deploying more than 100 soldiers to the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba this winter. The guard said the soldiers are assigned to the Dyersburg-based 168th Military Police Battalion. They have been training for a year to prepare for...

Gervonta Davis taking step up in pursuit of superstardom

Nov. 26, 2019 5:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gervonta Davis wrapped both arms around his 1-year-old daughter, whispering in her ear and revealing a tender side as he promoted his next bout. In the ring, the boxer known as “Tank” shows no mercy. The 25-year-old Davis has a perfect record in 22 professional fights, only one...

Cuba accuses US of violating Vienna Conventions

Nov. 26, 2019 11:42 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Vienna Convention and the deal re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Soon after, the United States announced a new sanction on Cuba meant to cut off the island’s supply of...

Cuba fashion show is small step for private enterprise

Nov. 23, 2019 11:11 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Thousands of young Cubans packed a Havana arena to witness a small step forward in the tumultuous relationship between one of the world’s last communist states and its small but vibrant private sector. The four-year-old fashion label Clandestina on Friday night debuted a new...