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FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, a U.S. flag flies inside the razor wire of the Camp VI detention facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations

Jan. 21, 2020 5:02 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot. James...

FILE - In this June 3, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton, then-commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, speaks during a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony.  Nettleton was convicted Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his alleged affair with the man's wife. A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Nettleton on charges of obstruction of justice, concealing material facts, falsifying records and making false statements.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Goff/U.S. Navy via AP)

Ex-Guantanamo commander convicted of lying about man's death

Jan. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was convicted Friday of interfering with an investigation into the death of a civilian with whom the commander had fought and argued over his affair with the man's wife. A federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Navy Capt....

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, attends a meeting in an art school during a tour in Las Tunas, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuban president says concessions to US would lead nowhere

Jan. 17, 2020 10:34 AM EST

LAS TUNAS, Cuba (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said he does not believe the Trump administration would drop sanctions on the island in exchange for concessions from his government. The Trump administration says it has been tightening sanctions on Cuba in recent months in order to starve the...

Alberto Perez, a 77-year-old retired man, leaves his home in the Sevillano neighborhood with an empty cooking gas tank as he departs for a shop where he will replace it with a full one in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020. The Cuban government is warning citizens to prepare for shortages of cooking gas due to Trump administration sanctions on the island.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuba warns citizens to prepare for cooking-gas shortages

Jan. 14, 2020 2:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is warning citizens to prepare for shortages of cooking gas due to Trump administration sanctions on the island. State media announced Tuesday morning that cylinders of liquid petroleum gas would be scarce for Cubans who buy state-subsidized gas at about 30 cents per...

US bans charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana

Jan. 10, 2020 3:24 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is banning charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana in a new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island. In October, the administration banned commercial flights to cities outside the capital. The State Department said in a press release Friday that charter...

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz embraces Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing session at the National Assembly of Popular Power in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.  Diaz-Canel named the former Tourism Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuba names tourism minister to be first PM since 1976

Dec. 21, 2019 4:26 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976 — a nomination quickly confirmed by the country's parliament. Marrero, 56, has been tourism minister for 16 years, presiding over a rise in...

The 2019 Christmas card of Britain's Prince Charles and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall is displayed on a Christmas tree in Clarence House, London. Britain’s Prince Charles has chosen an Associated Press photo taken on his historic trip to Cuba for his Christmas card. The image by AP’s Ramon Espinosa shows the heir to the British throne behind the wheel of a classic car in Havana alongside his wife Camilla. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)

Nice car! Prince Charles uses AP Cuba pic for Christmas card

Dec. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles has chosen an Associated Press photo taken on his historic trip to Cuba for his Christmas card. The image by AP’s Ramon Espinosa shows the heir to the British throne behind the wheel of a classic car in Havana alongside his wife Camilla. American cars...

In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 photo, Eliacer Flores, who claims he he received eye injuries after being shot with a shotgun by the police during the ongoing anti-government demonstrations, poses for a portrait during a protest in front of Palacio de La Moneda, in Santiago, Chile. The United Nations released on Friday a report which stated that there have been serious violations of human rights during the repression of recent protests in Chile. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Dec. 20, 2019 12:02 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. Chilean protesters who had eyesight damaged by projectiles fired by police during anti-government protests posed for portraits in Santiago. In...

Cuba blasts US over end of medical missions in some nations

Dec. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government accused the Trump administration on Wednesday of orchestrating the end of the island's medical missions to several Latin American countries in order to cut one of the country's main revenue sources. Thousands of Cuban medical personnel have been withdrawn from...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, a man watches President Donald J. Trump's inauguration speech on television, as he sits under photographs of Cuba's President Raul Castro, top right, Fidel Castro, top center, and Camilo Cienfuegos, in Havana, Cuba. Trump has spent roughly as much time undoing detente as former President Barack Obama spent constructing it, and relations between the two countries are at one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

5 years after detente with US, Cubans say hope has dwindled

Dec. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — At midday on Dec. 17, 2014, the sound of church bells echoed in Havana as presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations and end nearly 60 decades of hostility. Five years later, it feels almost as if that...