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Even as President Obama moves to normalize relations, Cuban refugees continue pouring into Texas through Laredo in record numbers. Read more»

Russian Patriarch Kirrill, left, and Pope Francis plan a historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. Read more»

The new migrant crisis at America's doorstep. Read more»

International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo, Texas.

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»

Flake in 2014.

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, second from right, at the home of the Cuban cardinal and archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega y Alamino.

"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»

President Obama greets President Raul Castro of Cuba before their meeting at the Americas Summit in Panama in April.

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 on election night, November 2014.

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»

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

The State Department's Simon Henshaw, right, told a Senate committee that the family reunification plan aims to keep unaccompanied Central American youth from making dangerous treks to the U.S. border.

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»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Pat Leahy, D-Vt., discusses the bipartisan bill that would lift the long-standing U.S. ban on travel 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

The picturesque former Spanish colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

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»

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2014 Liberty Political Action Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

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»

A view of the harbor in Havana, Cuba, in December 2011.

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»

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