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'Midnight hour of need': St. Vincent pleads for global help

Apr. 19, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines made a heartfelt plea Monday to the international community to help his country recover from a volcanic eruption that has displaced 20,000 people, saying the island nation is “in its midnight hour of need.” ...

AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center can now begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a senior defense official told The Associated Press on Monday, months after a plan to inoculate them was scuttled over outrage that many Americans weren’t eligible to receive the...

Cuba's Communist Party chooses Miguel Díaz-Canel as leader

Apr. 19, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — In many ways, Cuba's new maximum leader is nothing like those who have governed the island for the past six decades. Miguel Díaz-Canel was never a guerrilla fighter and was for only a few years, like all Cubans of his generation, a soldier. He rose...

Today in History

Apr. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, April 19, the 109th day of 2021. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma...

Alaska GOP lawmaker advocates for Puerto Rico statehood

Apr. 17, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young has advocated for Puerto Rico statehood, a decision that defies fellow party members across the country and state. Young said on Wednesday that the island's statehood was long overdue. “I...

Once again, volcanic Caribbean island looks to recovery

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of nervous fish sellers got very close to La Soufrière, the volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on the morning of May 7, 1902. “The top of the mountain was covered in mist, and the foremost of them followed the path up to the...

Today in History

Apr. 17, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2021. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert...

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

Apr. 17, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the...

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

Apr. 17, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government. But for the past decade, it's Raul who has been the face of communist Cuba, its defiance of U.S. efforts to...

Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba

Apr. 16, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is stepping down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening...