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Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Sep. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will fail to force concessions by his government. Rodríguez told reporters that Cuba was...

US men's soccer to play Canada in Orlando in November

Sep. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. men's soccer team will play its Nov. 15 home Nations League match against Canada at Orlando, Florida. The Americans open the new competition against Cuba on Oct. 11 at Washington, D.C., then meet Canada four days later in Toronto. The U.S. group stage finale will be against Cuba on...

Cubans wait hours in gas lines as fuel crisis bites

Sep. 20, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fuel shortage blamed on the Trump Administration has turned filling a tank in Cuba into an ordeal even for a country used to waiting in lines. Around Havana, drivers spend days hunting desperately for gas, calling friends and updating online chat groups with sightings of diesel, regular and...

US expels 2 Cuban diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

Sep. 19, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Thursday that it is expelling two Cuban diplomats and restricting travel of members of Cuba's permanent mission to the United Nations as leaders gather from around the world for the annual U.N. General Assembly. The Cuban diplomats who are being expelled are attached to...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

Swede has arm amputated after Castro's crocodile bit him

Sep. 13, 2019 5:34 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says a man who was bitten by a crocodile that once belonged to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had his arm amputated. The Aftonbladet tabloid says 79-year-old Lars Liedegren was told doctors had to amputate above the elbow after he put his arm the wrong side of the...

Cuban man deported despite traffic-blocking protest

Sep. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An asylum seeker whose pending deportation sparked a traffic-stopping protest this week in New Orleans was deported to Cuba on Thursday, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service said. Yoel Alonso Leal was returned to his homeland despite his supporters' contentions...

Cuba's president warns that energy cutbacks are looming

Sep. 11, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's president warned Wednesday night that the country faces a looming energy crisis due to lack of diesel fuel, but he hopes to avoid blackouts in coming days. President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed U.S. sanctions for shortages and warned Cubans to prepare to see immediate effects from the...

Colombia threatens to denounce Cuba as sponsor of terrorism

Sep. 10, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia threatened Tuesday to denounce Cuba at the United Nations unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island. The demand came in a letter sent to the Cuban Embassy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque first pressed Cuba to...