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Cubans flood Texas ports after thaw in relations

If current trends hold, the port of Laredo is on pace to welcome about 60 percent more Cubans than it did last fiscal year. Why the exodus when the island-nation is on the verge of reestablishing ties with the U.S.? ... Read more»

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Sen. Flake goes to Cuba — again

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba this weekend, meeting with the island nation's vice president and foreign minister. The Arizona Republican is a strong backer of the Obama administration's push for a rapproachment with the communist country after five decades of a contentious relationship.... Read more»

Grijalva: Cuba visit showed trade opportunities for Arizona

"Visiting Cuba in person was an opportunity to see first-hand the many ways our nations can mutually benefit from open relations," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday, after a trip to the island nation last week. "President Obama has taken significant actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Now Congress must act to fully end the decades-old trade and travel embargo."... Read more»

U.S. drops Cuba from terror list, but obstacles remain

The United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism Friday, but obstacles remain in relations between the two countries.... Read more»

Grijalva taking Cuba trip to discuss trade

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is joining another congressman and two U.S. senators in traveling to Cuba this weekend. The delegation will meet with Cuban officials to discuss business opportunities in agriculture, telecommunications and eco-tourism.... Read more»

Paraguay: No abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

She’s just 10 years old, but in the eyes of the Paraguayan government she’s old enough to be a mother.... Read more»

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Flake joins group pushing to end travel restrictions to Cuba

A bipartisan group of senators, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, moved to expand on the president’s overtures toward Cuba, introducing a bill Thursday to lift the ban on American travel to the communist country. ... Read more»1

Want to go to Cuba? 6 tips to decipher the new rules

The U.S. government’s new regulations to travel to Cuba are confusing as they change the rules but not the law.... Read more»

FactCheck: What was Alan Gross doing in Cuba?

In accounts from both sides of the aisle, recently-freed Alan Gross has been portrayed as a humanitarian simply trying to bring Internet access to Cuba’s small Jewish community. But there’s more to the story than that shorthand suggests.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Cuba a 'leading' sponsor of terrorism?

Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least.... Read more»

Cuba: 8 great stories to help you understand what's going on

It’s a busy time of year for a big news story to break. But we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about what's going on in Cuba:... Read more»


How Hugo Chavez helped bring the U.S. and Cuba closer together

News analysis: It's going to be a bad year for Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro.... Read more»

Cuban expats are celebrating — the ones in Mexico, that is

Mexico has one of the biggest Cuban immigrant communities after the US. Many are happy Obama's restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, and hoping for an end to the trade embargo.... Read more»

Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack. Now end the sanctions

Cuban President Raul Castro says his people want better relations with the U.S. but won’t compromise their independence.... Read more»

Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media

Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.... Read more»

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