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US releases Guantanamo prisoner once tortured at CIA sites

Feb. 02, 2023 19:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Thursday they have freed and sent to Central America a onetime al-Qaida money courier who had completed his sentence, ending an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. ...

2 Cuban sisters' 4,200-mile journey to the US and a new life

Jan. 30, 2023 10:30 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Rolo González sisters walked out of Nicaragua's main airport and peered out onto a sea of young men. The Central American “coyotes” squinted back, trying to find the people they would smuggle to the United States. These were the first steps that 19-year-old...

Stafford girl remains chipper in face of bone marrow failure

Jan. 29, 2023 09:05 AM EST

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Elliott Domaleski was watching “The Muppet Christmas Carol” when she saw Tiny Tim’s crutch, propped up in the corner by itself. Most 5-year-olds probably wouldn’t have given the image a second thought. But Elliott’s young life has...

Mariel exodus from Cuba inspires La Marielita rum

Jan. 29, 2023 03:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Mariel exodus has produced some of the best and worst moments for the image of the Cuban exiles in the United States. The arrival of 125,000 Cubans between April 15 and October 31, 1980 meant a cultural renewal for Miami due to the wide representation of artists from different...

Cuba picks 5 MLB affiliated players for World Classic

Jan. 25, 2023 23:45 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cubans signed with Major League Baseball organizations and other foreign clubs will for the first time join domestic stars on the national team that will play in the World Baseball Classic, officials announced Wednesday evening. The Cuban Baseball Federation long...

Illegal border crossings plunge among Cubans, Nicaraguans

Jan. 25, 2023 18:25 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have seen a 97% decline in illegal border crossings by migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela since Mexico began accepting those expelled under a pandemic-era order, the Biden administration said Wednesday. The announcement came one day...

396 Haitian migrants detained on 50-foot boat near Bahamas

Jan. 23, 2023 10:40 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has detained a boat carrying 396 Haitian migrants near the Bahamas in one of the biggest human smuggling incidents in the region, Bahamian officials said. The migrants were detained close to the far-flung Cay Sal island located...

US citizens get chance to play role in resettling refugees

Jan. 19, 2023 15:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government program launched Thursday is giving American citizens the chance to play a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year in the United States. During the first year of the Welcome Corps, the State Department aims to line up 10,000...

Body of man missing since Hurriane Ian found on sunken boat

Jan. 16, 2023 11:19 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The remains of a man who was reported missing after Hurricane Ian hit Florida's Gulf Coast last year have been recovered from a sunken sailboat, sheriff's officials said. The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that the remains were identified as James...

US delegation is going to Cuba to discuss law enforcement

Jan. 13, 2023 13:22 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Another delegation from the United States will travel to Cuba this month to discuss law enforcement issues, the State Department said Fridaty. The visit will marks another small step forward in improving an icy relationship between the two countries under the Biden...