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Cuban dissident says he's been released, still faces charges

Aug. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban dissident who was jailed after a car crash involving a security official says he has been released from custody but could still face charges. Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia said in a call from Cuba to supporters in Miami that he has been accused of assaulting the official. Journalists...

Cuba and Canada sign agreement to fight sex trafficking

Aug. 15, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba and Canada have signed an agreement to reinforce cooperation on sex trafficking of minors and women, pledging to track and apprehend citizens from either country engaged in exploitation of children and adolescents for pornography or sexual abuse. A superintendent of the Canadian Royal...

UN approves Chile's Bachelet as new human rights chief

Aug. 10, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's unanimous approval as the next U.N. human rights chief on Friday sparked a sharp exchange between the United States and several key opponents over rights abuses — a foretaste of some of the issues Bachelet will confront. With a bang...

Amnesty urges Cuba to allow access to detained dissident

Aug. 10, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A leader of one of Cuba's largest dissident groups has been held incommunicado for a week in the eastern part of the country, the human rights organization Amnesty International said Friday. Amnesty called on the Cuban government to allow family members of Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia to visit...

Eco-terror defendant arrested in Cuba after 12 years on run

Aug. 10, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Seattle man wanted in connection with an eco-terrorism conspiracy dating back two decades has been arrested in Cuba. Cuban authorities detained 50-year-old Joseph Mahmoud Dibee before he boarded a flight for Russia. He pleaded not guilty Friday to federal...

Venezuelans flee deteriorating nation, find new home in Utah

Aug. 10, 2018 2:02 AM EDT

NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) — There have been times, especially early on after he left Venezuela, that Daniel Hernandez felt overwhelmed, lost, out of place. "I've gone through a lot," said Hernandez, who migrated here in 2015 given the increasing political and economic unrest in Venezuela and now lives in...

AP PHOTOS: A glimpse into life in Cuba's 2 Guantanamos

Aug. 3, 2018 10:22 AM EDT

GUANTANAMO, Cuba (AP) — While Muslims detained at the U.S. naval station base at Guantanamo Bay bowed their heads in prayer on a recent day, Cuban men in the nearby city of Guantanamo tooted horns and banged on drums as they prepared for a carnival. The two Guantanamos have been a contrast since the U.S....

Judge: Department of Defense improperly redacted documents

Jul. 23, 2018 11:12 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has found the U.S. Department of Defense improperly redacted several unclassified documents sought by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt related to surveying potential sites for housing terror suspects now held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. District Judge Donald...

Cuba approves new leader's Cabinet with old faces in place

Jul. 21, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro's government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform. At the same time, the national assembly received a proposed reform of Cuba's 1976...

Cuba disputes Mexican airline finding on deadly May crash

Jul. 17, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A finding by a Mexican airline that pilot error was to blame for a deadly passenger jet crash in May was dismissed as premature Tuesday by the Cuban authorities charged with determining the cause of the accident. An investigative commission said in a statement read on state TV that it has not...