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Famed Cuban diva Juana Bacallao, who ruled the island's cabaret scene, dies at 98

Feb. 24, 2024 15:31 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Juana Bacallao, a renowned Cuban singer and cabaret diva who still performed until recently, has died. She was 98. Bacallao died Saturday after spending several days at a hospital in Havana, according to a statement from Cuba's Ministry of Culture. Officials didn't...

Today in History: February 24, Soviet sub torpedoes ship, kills nearly 800 Jewish refugees

Feb. 24, 2024 00:08 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2024. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry nearly 800 Jewish refugees from Romania to...

Today in History: February 23, Mississippi grand jury declines new charges in Emmett Till killing

Feb. 23, 2024 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2024. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 2007, a Mississippi grand jury refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, the...

UN top court shouldn't urge Israel to immediately withdraw from Palestinian-claimed lands, US says

Feb. 21, 2024 08:15 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States said Wednesday the United Nations' top court should not issue an advisory opinion that says Israel should “immediately and unconditionally withdraw” from territories sought for a Palestinian state. Acting State Department legal...

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. ...