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Syrian army secures road to Aleppo: state TV
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army secured a road into the government-held side of Aleppo that was captured by rebels last month and was expected to soon open it for civilians, state-owned al-Ikhbariya TV reported on Friday.
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Outside Havana, Cubans are still waiting for American visitors
HOLGUIN/SANTA CLARA, Cuba (Reuters) - U.S. visitors and their dollars are flooding into Havana as airlines and hotels take advantage of the thaw in relations between the Cold War antagonists, but in the provinces outside the Cuban capital, the promised tourism boom is more rumor than fact.
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Booking a flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect now
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
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Booking an early flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
Cuban revolutionary: When you're young you fear nothing
Gladys Sanchez Espinosa, 88, a brigadista in Castro's literacy campaign, recalls the early days of the revolution.
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Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler eager to see fellow Cuban Yulieski Gurriel
The sight of Yulieski Gurriel playing first base surprised fellow Cubans Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler.But Chapman and Soler have no doubts Gurriel will succeed with the Astros as he has in an impressive international career."He's an excellent athlete," Chapman said. "He has been a great asset,...
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Frontier Airlines to launch daily service to Havana on Dec. 1 — but from Denver, you’ll have to stop in Miami first
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch service to Havana, Cuba on Dec. 1, with once-daily flights between Miami and the Cuban capital.
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Cuban churches denounce U.S. probe of humanitarian aid project
HAVANA (Reuters) - The Cuban Council of Churches denounced the U.S. government on Wednesday for threatening to strip tax exempt status from Pastors for Peace, a group that has delivered humanitarian aid to Cuba for decades in defiance of Washington's sanctions.
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680 Cubans returned home since end of 'wet foot, dry foot'
HAVANA (AP) - About 680 Cubans have been returned to the island from various countries since then-President Barack Obama ended a longstanding immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, state television reported Friday. Cuba's government had long sought ...
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
By United Press International On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Cuba's leader and set up a Communist regime.
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U.S. wine exports set record; top 10 list released
Where does American wine go? The Wine Institute's California Wine Export Program breaks it down by nation. CLEVELAND, Ohio - U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in winery revenue in 2016, according to the Wine Institute's California Wine Export Program. Revenues were up 1 percent from a year prior. Volume amounted to 45.9 million cases - the lowest since 2012, when the amount was 45 million. Ninety percent of the American vino being shipped out of country is from California. Top 10 export markets for U.S. wines: 1. European Union's 28-member countries, $685 million. 2. Canada, $431 million. 3. Hong Kong, $99 million. 4. Japan, $87 million. 5. China, $82 million. 6. Mexico, $24 million. 7. South Korea, $23 million. 8. Switzerland, $19 million. 9. Singapore, $14 million. 10. Philippines, $13 million. The Wine Export Program encompasses more than 170 wineries that export to 138 countries. The countries in the top 10 are very comparable to a year ago. The only difference is last year's No. 6, Nigeria, dropped out, and the Philippines crept into the top 10. Among the top 10 nations, only China and the Philippines showed increases in value and volume from 2015 to 2016. The revenue figures do not correlate to volume. In 2015, volume of wine in gallons exported amounted to 121.8 million. In 2016, it was 109 million. Here's last year's list
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CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment
Colorado State University is negotiating a formal deal with Cuba for joint exploration of how to allow profitable tourism while not destroying communities and the natural environment.
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JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba
When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, major U.S. airlines stumbled over each other to get access to the island nation. But now JetBlue says it is reducing its service to Cuba, becoming...
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Coast Guard: Cuban national suspected of human smuggling
MIAMI (AP) - Coast Guard officials say a Cuban national is suspected of attempting to smuggle 14 people into Florida by boat. According to a Coast Guard statement Friday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane crew spotted a suspicious vessel Tuesday near the Bahamas. The statement says that the ...
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Meet Cuba's longtime newspaper photographer on tour of Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos
Cuba continues to be a hot tourist destination in 2017. Luxury outfitter Extraordinary Journeys offers a customizable trip that includes a visit with Roberto Salas, photographer for Cuba’s government newspaper for nearly half a century. Participants meet him and see his private collection of images....
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Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change
MIAMI (AP) - Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for an American visa under a recently scrapped U.S. policy that long welcomed doctors from Cuba who defect while on assignment in third countries. He and other Cuban doctors arriving this week in Miami under the policy called Cuban Medical Professionals ...
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6 dead in clash between marines and gunmen in Mexico
CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) - Officials in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa say five suspects and one marine have died in an early morning clash. The Sinaloa state prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that heavily armed men traveling in several vehicles attacked marines on patrol in Culiacan. The ...
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Mexico and Puerto Rico to play for Caribbean Series title
CULIACAN, Mexico — Miguel Pena pitched five scoreless innings, Agustin Murillo singled in a run and host Mexico beat Cuba 1-0 on Monday night to clinch a spot in the Caribbean Series championship game.The Aguilas de Mexicali will try to give Mexico consecutive Caribbean Series titles when they face Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas on Tuesday. The Puerto Ricans beat Venezuela 9-6 in the other semifinal Monday.
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Man ‘buried’ alive in Cuba during mock funeral festival (VIDEO)
Every year, Cuban villagers stage a mock funeral to “celebrate life and death,” complete with mourners, “priests” and a burial. Read Full Article at RT.com
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In Cuba visit, Colorado governor sees government desire to work with Trump
HAVANA (Reuters) - The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government wants to further improve relations with the United States under President Donald Trump, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the Communist-run island nation.
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Byko: Rich Negrin’s journey from victim to prosecutor -- and more

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Students depressed over Trump victory need to toughen up
Call it "election depression." College professors have postponed exams and canceled classes. Universities are offering hug therapy, coloring-book therapy, even pet-a-dog therapy to help stunned students cope with last week's election results. These schools are not helping their charges, they're coddling them, raising and molding a generation of wimpy kids ...
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US toughens stance on Haitians seeking entry from Brazil
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that it was widening efforts to deport Haitians, a response to thousands of immigrants from the Caribbean nation who have overwhelmed California border crossings with Mexico in recent…
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Iran's president meets Castros in Cuba to reaffirm friendship
HAVANA (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani met with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Monday in Havana to reaffirm friendly ties between the two countries and express a commitment to deepening their collaboration, Cuban state media reported.
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Alexis Martinez Pena: The Countryman
A teacher-turned-shoemaker and occasional clown creates a new life in Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains.
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Shifting Cuban voters could be the difference in Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Francis Suarez comes from a long line of civic and political leaders who have formed the Republican bedrock in south Florida's Cuban community for a half-century. Yet the 38-year-old Miami city commissioner hasn't decided whether he will…
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In Transit: How to Go to Cuba Now
Now that JetBlue has started commercial service to the island, it’s even easier to get there. Here is what you need to know.
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MEO Australia aims to focus more on Cuba
Daniel J. GraeberMELBOURNE, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Selling off parts of its holdings in a potentially lucrative basin off the coast of Australia will help fund opportunities offshore Cuba, MEO Australia said.
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Cuba says embargo cost it $4.6B last fiscal year

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