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Trump: Germany, France must take back Islamic State fighters

Aug. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged France, Germany and other countries on Wednesday to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, he warned, the U.S. "will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came." Trump...

US urges Cuba to drop criminal charges against journalist

Aug. 21, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is calling on Cuba to drop criminal charges against a journalist facing a year in jail following his arrest earlier this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that the U.S. "strongly condemns" the prosecution of Roberto Quiñones. Pompeo said the...

US to play Cuba in new Nations League at Washington, DC

Aug. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States' home game against Cuba in the first CONCACAF Nations League will be played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11. The site was announced Monday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which has yet to say where the Nov. 15 home match against Canada will be played. As part...

Cuban state to absorb underground video-gamers' network

Aug. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — After weeks of resistance from Cuban video gamers, the island's state-run computer organization will absorb the services of an offline underground network that for more than a decade extended privately in Havana. The state's Youth Computer Club will take control of SNET — a merging of...

Reports: Stowaway found on flight from Havana to Miami

Aug. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a stowaway was found hiding in the cargo section of an airplane that arrived from Havana to Miami International Airport. Video shared on Twitter early Friday showed crew members surrounding the man on the ground after the Swift Air private charter landed in Miami shortly after...

Cuban-born Indians outfielder Puig becomes US citizen

Aug. 14, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig has become a U.S. citizen. The Cuban-born Puig, who was traded to Cleveland by Cincinnati last month, posted a photo Wednesday on social media showing him waving a small American flag. He wrote, "Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American...

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ramirez loses pro debut

Aug. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Adan Gonzales on Saturday night. Ramirez suffered a stunning split decision defeat at Temple's Liacouras Center, a crushing start for one of boxing's prized...

AP Explains: The wide reach of Trump's Venezuela sanctions

Aug. 7, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Wide-reaching U.S. sanctions aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government could inflict further damage on an economy already reeling from six-digit inflation by scaring off remaining investors. The new measures don't include Venezuela's private sector, but the...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

Aug. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist...

The Latest: Venezuela ambassador accuses US of wanting war

Aug. 6, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on relations between the United States and Venezuela (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Venezuela's U.N. ambassador is accusing the Trump administration of "sabotaging" talks between President Nicolas Maduro's government and opposition, saying Washington is trying to start a war....