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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...

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,...

In Brazil Congress, Bolsonaro's record thin; army was focus

Oct. 1, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In 27 years as a congressman, leading Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro only presented two proposals that became law — one to extend tax benefits in the information technology industry and another to make available an experimental cancer drug. That is not to say...

Laughter at Trump among a long line of shocking UN moments

Sep. 25, 2018 10:00 PM EDT

The laughter was sudden, loud and unexpected. It came at the expense of the U.S. president as he addressed global leaders at the United Nations, and it was witnessed by an audience of tens of millions viewing immediate clips online of an awkward moment for Donald Trump. The laughter followed Trump's boasts that...

Channel to feature Ohioan who swam from Cuba to Florida

Sep. 19, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — The Travel Channel says it will air a segment on the Ohio baker who swam from Cuba to Florida at age 65 in 1978 in an attempt at a peace gesture. Walter Poenisch (PAYN'-ish) persuaded Fidel Castro to let him make the 128.8-mile crossing. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Travel...

Leaders take big gambles in visiting 'enemy' territory

Sep. 18, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

It's a rare and highly symbolic occurrence that history marks with reverence: A leader of a nation, once at hot or cold war with the other, ventures into enemy territory. Every effort is made to lay on a glittering welcome — and the hosts' intelligence services might also enjoy a tangible boon. The...

Ex-Cabinet secretary Shalala wins Democratic House primary

Aug. 28, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former Clinton administration Cabinet member and university president Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination Tuesday for a U.S. House seat in Florida widely seen as one of the party's best chances nationally for a pickup from the GOP. Shalala will meet Republican nominee Maria Elvira...