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Maduro, Putin talk after diplomat hints at military activity

Jan. 20, 2022 15:28 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday said he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about cooperation between the two countries. The call came a week after Russia’s chief negotiator in talks with the U.S. on tensions over...

Cuban protesters await sentencing, facing long prison terms

Jan. 20, 2022 14:34 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban courts have wrapped up the hearing phase of six mass trials for people accused of involvement in the largest and most unruly protests on the island in decades, leaving more than 100 defendants awaiting potentially heavy sentences. Relatives of defendants and...

CIA: Most 'Havana syndrome' cases not linked to US adversary

Jan. 20, 2022 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA believes it is unlikely that Russia or another foreign adversary has used microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack the hundreds of American officials who attribute symptoms associated with brain injuries to what's come to be known as “Havana syndrome." ...

Russia's talk of troops in Latin America called 'bluster'

Jan. 13, 2022 22:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia raised the stakes Thursday in its dispute with the West over Ukraine and NATO's expansion when a top diplomat refused to rule out a military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States escalate. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov...

A top Russian diplomat says Russian deployments to Cuba, Venezuela can’t be excluded if tensions with US escalate

Jan. 13, 2022 07:13 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says Russian deployments to Cuba, Venezuela can’t be excluded if tensions with US escalate.

Dozens of Cuba protesters face trial this week: relatives

Jan. 11, 2022 19:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Relatives of Cubans arrested during the largest demonstrations in decades across the island said that at least 57 protesters are scheduled to go on trial this week, some facing sentences of up to 30 years in prison. The relatives told The Associated Press that three...

Biden's low profile on Guantanamo rankles as prison turns 20

Jan. 09, 2022 11:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center were optimistic when President Joe Biden took office. And they were relieved this summer after the U.S. released a prisoner for the first time in years. Many are now increasingly impatient. In the months...

How did a giant buoy become a Key West tourist attraction?

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 20-ton concrete buoy, which marks the Southernmost Point and 90 miles to Cuba, is one of Key West’s famous landmarks. Tourists flock to the marker every day to take photos, snap selfies, buy a souvenir or two. But how did such a magnet arrive in 1983 on an...

South Dakota guard unit headed for year at Guantanamo Bay

Jan. 07, 2022 11:59 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — About 110 members of the South Dakota National Guard’s police unit will soon be headed to Cuba for a year-long federal deployment. The 235th Military Police Company, based in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, will train at Fort Bliss, Texas for several weeks...

US hits 8 Cuban officials with travel bans

Jan. 06, 2022 18:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has slapped a travel ban on eight Cuban officials it says have been complicit in the repression of opposition protesters and other dissidents. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced visa restrictions on Thursday in a statement that...