Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Colombia rebels to free general, opening door to resume peace talks

Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy, Reuters — Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and defuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war. The Revolutionary Armed Forces… read more »

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News — President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job in the State Department repeatedly refused on Wednesday to rule out unilateral action by the White House to ease U.S. pressure on Cuba. But the official, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, emphasized that the government… read more »

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Cuba Says Doctor Catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, state media reported Tuesday. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will be transferred to a special unit… read more »

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

EFE – Four foreign citizens – a Canadian, an Indian and two Italians – have been sentenced to prison in Cuba for the sexual abuse of children, while another two are awaiting trial for similar offenses, an official report released Tuesday said. Specifically, a Canadian has been sentenced to 13 years… read more »

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Suspended After Army General Kidnapped

Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press — A massive search operation was under way Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy project along the remote Atrato River… read more »

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Jailed American in Cuba loses appeal in case vs. U.S. government

David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba who says he was not warned about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island. Alan Gross and his wife Judy filed… read more »

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Stung by sanctions scandal, Cuba defends North Korea at U.N.

Louis Charbonneau, Reuters – Cuba, which was involved in a violation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea last year, has come to the aid of Pyongyang to defend it against a Western-led push to bring its alleged human rights abuses to The Hague, envoys said on Wednesday. A European-Japanese draft resolution submitted to… read more »

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Médicos de 19 países de América Latina asisten a curso sobre ébola en Cuba

AFP – Médicos de 19 países latinoamericanos y caribeños asisten al primer curso sobre ébola en el continente, que empezó este lunes en La Habana, en otra iniciativa encabezada por Cuba contra la epidemia, informaron medios locales. “El primer Curso Internacional para la prevención y el enfrentamiento al virus del ébola… read more »

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Senator sees American prisoner in Cuba ‘closer’ to release

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — An American government contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state may be closer to returning home, in part because he has threatened to end his life if he is not released, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday. The detention of Alan Gross since December… read more »

Monday, November 10th, 2014

AP NewsBreak: Agency may halt risky democracy work

Desmond Butler and Jack Gillum, Associated Press — The U.S. global development agency is preparing internal rules that would effectively end risky undercover work in hostile countries, such as the once-secret “Cuban Twitter” program it orchestrated, The Associated Press has learned. The new policy follows an AP investigation this year… read more »