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Cuban diplomats disrupt UN meeting called by US on prisoners

Oct. 16, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 20 Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a U.N. meeting called Tuesday by the United States to spotlight the island nation's political prisoners, loudly banging on tables and shouting in Spanish, "Cuba, yes! U.S. blockade, no!" It was impossible to hear U.S. Deputy Ambassador...

Group: Cuba frees dissident after US call for release

Oct. 16, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban dissident group said Tuesday the island's government has released Tomas Nunez Magdariaga, who had carried out a lengthy hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. The U.S. government had publicly called for his release on Oct. 4, citing "grave concerns" over his health. A leader of...

US: Cuba's political prisoners are "affront" to democracy

Oct. 15, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says Cuba is jailing 130 political prisoners in a "blatant affront" to fundamental democratic freedoms, but the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to teach other countries such lessons given what she calls the...

Court says trial in USS Cole attack can resume at Guantamamo

Oct. 12, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court has rejected arguments that led to an indefinite stay of proceedings at the Guantanamo Bay naval base against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri faces trial by military commission at the U.S. base in Cuba. In...

Jamaica routs Cuba 9-0 in Women's World Cup qualifying

Oct. 11, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Jody Brown scored three goals and Jamaica routed Cuba 9-0 on Thursday night in their final group stage match at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament. Sashana Campbell added a pair of goals, and Khadija Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood and Marlo Sweatman also scored for the...

Cuban constitutional reform spawns unusual public debate

Oct. 11, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba's constitution has spawned a highly unusual debate on the island's political system and values. At a half-dozen public forums attended by Associated Press journalists this month,...

Major Hurricane Michael bearing down on Florida Panhandle

Oct. 9, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Fast and furious Hurricane Michael barreled toward the Florida Panhandle late Tuesday night with 125 mph winds and a potentially catastrophic storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to board up and get out. Drawing energy from warm waters of...

US Gulf Coast bracing for 'monstrous' Hurricane Michael

Oct. 8, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state's Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm tropical waters,...

The Latest: Hurricane Michael is continuing to intensify

Oct. 8, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Michael is continuing to intensify and storm surge and hurricane warnings are in effect for the northeastern Gulf Coast. By 11 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 90 mph (144 kph) as it headed north at...

Canada routs Cuba 12-0 in Women's World Cup qualifying

Oct. 8, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Adriana Leon and Jordyn Huitema each had four goals in Canada's dominating 12-0 victory over Cuba on Monday night in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament. Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, needed a big result against No. 88 Cuba after Jamaica's...