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Wondolowski Scores Twice As U.S. Defeats Cuba, 4-1

Wondolowski Scores Twice As U.S. Defeats Cuba, 4-1

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(SANDY, Utah) — Striker Chris Wondolowski scored two goals as the United States defeated Cuba, 4-1 on Saturday to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. With the U.S. leading, 2-1, the 30-year-old Wondolowski…

Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

STR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Sunday morning slammed Jay-Z over his recent trip to Cuba, saying on This Week that the rapper needed to “get informed” and that he missed an opportunity to meet the politically o…

US Says Cuba Still a Global Sponsor of Terror

US Says Cuba Still a Global Sponsor of Terror

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The world’s most prolific terrorist groups are supported by the government of Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba, according to the U.S. State Department.  But while Iran, Sudan and Syria have well-known and documente…

Hugo Chavez Returns to Venezuela. What Happens Next?

Hugo Chavez Returns to Venezuela. What Happens Next?

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hugo Chávez returned to Venezuela in the early hours of Monday morning, two months after heading to Cuba for cancer surgery. There are still no images of Chávez’s return. But according to governme…

Hugo Chavez to Undergo Third Cancer Surgery, Names Successor

Hugo Chavez to Undergo Third Cancer Surgery, Names Successor

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez, 58, announced Saturday night on state television that his pelvic cancer had “returned” and that he is heading to Cuba on Sunday to undergo surgery in the coming days. Chavez h…

Three Years After Arrest, American Alan Gross Still Jailed in Cuba

Three Years After Arrest, American Alan Gross Still Jailed in Cuba

Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) — On the third anniversary of the day a U.S. government sub-contractor was jailed in Cuba for a project he was completing for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington again called for…

Sandy Hits Cuba as Category 2 Hurricane, Heads North Toward Florida

Sandy Hits Cuba as Category 2 Hurricane, Heads North Toward Florida

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Sandy picked up speed overnight before making landfall in Cuba early Thursday morning as a Category 2 hurricane.  With winds of 110 mph, the storm was just 1 mph shy of hitting the Caribbean island as a …

Cubans Will Be Able to Leave Island Without Permit Next Year

Cubans Will Be Able to Leave Island Without Permit Next Year

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HAVANA) — Cuba will no longer ask its citizens to secure exit permits when they want to travel outside the Communist island.The state-run newspaper Granma, reported on Tuesday that this change in regulations is part of a broader…

Guantanamo Detainee Found Dead in Cell

Guantanamo Detainee Found Dead in Cell

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An unidentified detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who had been on a hunger strike earlier this year died over the weekend after guards at the U.S. detention facility found him unconscious in his cell. The detainee’s name…

Daughter of Cuban Vice President Defects to US

Daughter of Cuban Vice President Defects to US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The adult child of a top Cuban official has found a new home in the U.S.Glenda Murillo Diaz, 24, made the decision to defect two weeks ago by entering Laredo, Texas from Mexico.  She now lives in Tampa, Fla., wh…

Daughter of Cuban Vice President Defects to US

Daughter of Cuban Vice President Defects to US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The adult child of a top Cuban official has found a new home in the U.S.Glenda Murillo Diaz, 24, made the decision to defect two weeks ago by entering Laredo, Texas from Mexico.  She now lives in Tampa, Fla., wh…

Diana Nyad Pulled from the Water Before End of Historic Swim

Diana Nyad Pulled from the Water Before End of Historic Swim

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(KEY WEST, Fla.) — Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from the water early Tuesday morning, prematurely ending her attempted Cuba-to-Florida swim.Tuesday afternoon, she completed a symbolic swim to the Florida shor…

Diana Nyad Pulled from Water, Ending Historic Swim

Diana Nyad Pulled from Water, Ending Historic Swim

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(KEY WEST, Fla.) — Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from the water Tuesday morning ending her historic Cuba-to-Florida swim. Nyad was attempting to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a s…

Swimmer Hits Storm on Swim from Cuba to Florida

Swimmer Hits Storm on Swim from Cuba to Florida

File photo. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)(MIAMI) — As Diana Nyad, 62, continued her attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, “all hell broke loose” Sunday evening, according to her team’s blog. A littl…

Diana Nyad: Endurance Swimmer Makes Another Attempt to Swim From Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad: Endurance Swimmer Makes Another Attempt to Swim From Cuba to Florida

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(HAVANA, Cuba) — Diana Nyad is swimming her way back to America in a new attempt to become the first person to swim to Florida from Cuba without a shark cage. Nyad, 62, started the 103-mile journey late Saturday night f…

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Where? Gitmo Loves 90s Sitcom

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Where? Gitmo Loves 90s Sitcom

Hemera/Thinkstock(GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba) — Librarians at Guantanamo Bay’s prison detention center have had to up their stock of the popular 1990s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, starring Will Smith, thanks to the prisoners’ newfound en…

Cholera Outbreak in Havana

Cholera Outbreak in Havana

Stockbyte/ThinkStock(HAVANA) — After three people died in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo from cholera, a patient in Havana has been diagnosed with the same infection, according to the BBC.In Cuba 1,000 have sought out medical treatment and more …

China and Vietnam Welcomes Raul Castro

China and Vietnam Welcomes Raul Castro

(HAVANA) — Cuban President Raul Castro is currently visiting his Asian allies China and Vietnam to strengthen their communist ties, according to the Washington Times.On Wednesday, Castro arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao for …

Music at Gitmo Not for Torture, Pentagon Claims

Music at Gitmo Not for Torture, Pentagon Claims

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Music is being used at the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility, but it’s not considered torture as some reports have stated, according to the Pentagon.Capt. John Kirby told reporters, “Music is used both in…

Marco Rubio to Visit Gitmo in Cuba

Marco Rubio to Visit Gitmo in Cuba

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Tuesday for the first time, a spokesman told ABC News.“This visit will allow Sen. Rubio an opportunity to better understand the role Guantan…

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