The Latest: 14 hours?! Ukraine holds longest-ever news event
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian president's "media marathon" (all times local):
Cuba’s historical generation leaves top legislative body
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's top legislative body will no longer include members of the country's historical generation of former rebels, part of a broader political reform that started to go into effect...
Former newspaperman Robert S. Boyd dies at age 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert S. Boyd, who shared a 1973 Pulitzer Prize with colleague Clark Hoyt for coverage of Democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton's exit from the campaign due to...
Swede has arm amputated after Castro’s crocodile bit him
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says a man who was bitten by a crocodile that once belonged to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had his arm amputated.
De Blasio shouts Cuban revolutionary slogan at Miami rally
MIAMI (AP) — New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio shouted a Spanish slogan associated with Cuba's Communist revolution at a rally Thursday, drawing criticism in a city...
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio shouting a Spanish slogan associated with Cuba's revolution at a Miami airport workers rally (all times...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A second company has cut ties with a California minor league baseball team that played a Memorial Day video that included an image of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A company has cut ties with a California minor league baseball team that played a Memorial Day video that included an image of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in California apologized to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a Memorial Day tribute video that lumped her image with those of Kim Jong Un and...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California team apologizing for offensive video showing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (all times local):
Decades after failed invasion, Cuba still eyes Venezuela
MACHURUCUTO, Venezuela (AP) — For all the heated talk coming from Washington about President Nicolás Maduro being a Cuban puppet, there was a time when Cuban troops really did try to take control...
Spain wants EU to challenge US policy in Cuba
MADRID (AP) — A senior official says that the Spanish government is asking the European Union to challenge a U.S. move to allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating in properties seized...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2019. There are 318 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
On this date:
In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War.
DeSantis picks female Cuban-American for state’s high court
MIAMI (AP) — With the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chose a female Cuban-American appellate judge to become the state's newest justice.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2019. There are 364 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.
On this date:
In 1818, the first edition of the Gothic novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" by English author Mary Shelley, 20, was published anonymously in London.
Today in History for January 1st
Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba Ali Rodriguez dies
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ali Rodriguez, an icon of Venezuela's socialist revolution who went on to serve as a diplomat in top government posts, died on Monday.
Rodriguez had served as ambassador to Cuba since 2014. He passed away in Havana and was 81 years old, Venezuela's state TV network said.
UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a slap to the United States, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday condemning the American economic embargo of Cuba and rejected proposed U.S. amendments strongly criticizing the lack of human rights in the island country.
US vows tough approach to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba
MIAMI (AP) — The United States imposed new sanctions Thursday on Venezuela and Cuba and promised additional penalties against Nicaragua as the Trump administration laid out a hard-line policy toward countries the White House branded a "troika of tyranny."
National security adviser John Bolton condemned what he called the "destructive forces of oppression, socialism and totalitarianism" that he said the three countries represent.
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Channel to feature Ohioan who swam from Cuba to Florida
GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — The Travel Channel says it will air a segment on the Ohio baker who swam from Cuba to Florida at age 65 in 1978 in an attempt at a peace gesture.
Today in History for August 13th
AP PHOTOS: A glimpse into life in Cuba’s 2 Guantanamos
GUANTANAMO, Cuba (AP) — While Muslims detained at the U.S. naval station base at Guantanamo Bay bowed their heads in prayer on a recent day, Cuban men in the nearby city of Guantanamo tooted horns and banged on drums as they prepared for a carnival.
Today in History for July 26th
Man in paddle festival escaped Cuba on homemade raft in 1994
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A recent festival in Columbus called Island Paddle Fest drew participants from several states, but nobody paddled farther than Roberto Vazquez Ferie.
Although he lives in Memphis now, Vazquez Ferie's journey began almost a quarter-century ago, when he, along with his father and seven other men, fashioned a raft out of the roof of an old minivan and set off in a desperate, dangerous bid to escape Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has died
MIAMI (AP) — Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died. He was 90.
Posada, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer about five years ago, died Wednesday in Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood north of Miami.
Cuba’s new leader breaks from past with public appearances
HAVANA (AP) — For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response.
His brother Raul was a military man who operated from behind the scenes, rarely making speeches and going long stretches without appearing in public, even as he attempted historic reforms of Cuba's economy and foreign policy.
Gloria Estefan’s ‘Get On Your Feet’ exudes sizzle
On the surface, the story of pop star Gloria Estefan and her producer husband, Emilio Estefan, was as celebratory and colorful as the Latin pop fusion that took them to the top of the American pop charts in the 1980's. The Estefans and Miami Sound Machine cranked out hits including "Conga," "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Get On Your Feet" and "1-2-3."
For the first time in 60 years, the Castro family on Thursday turned over leadership of Cuba to a non-Castro in an event that was historic but of uncertain importance for the impoverished communist island.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, a Communist Party stalwart selected by President Raul Castro and party leaders five years ago for this moment, left no doubt that survival of the 1959 revolution led first by Fidel Castro, then brother Raul, would remain his top priority.
At age 41/2, I left Cuba with my mother and brother, Peter, before Fidel Castro assumed power. There was no peril in our journey as there would be in 1980 for my cousin Isabelina Estrada, her husband Roman, and their two young children, when they escaped from Cuba. They were part of a five-month exodus that history would know as the Mariel Boatlift.
The Latest: Pence tweets response to Cuba’s Raul Castro
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence is responding to outgoing Cuban leader Raul Castro, telling him on Twitter that "we're here standing with the Cuban people."
Pence tweeted in response to a quote from Castro, who said Pence "couldn't take it and left" during his appearance last weekend at an international summit in Peru.
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
William M. LeoGrande, American University School of Public Affairs
Cuba’s presidential transition bringing no joy to its exiles
MIAMI (AP) — The political transition in Cuba is bringing no joy to exiles in Florida, who say they expect nothing to change after Raul Castro steps down as president.
Cuban-Americans who left the island in waves of migration since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution are skeptical that Cuba's next nominal leader will actually be in charge.
A look at the old leadership of Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — Some of the main figures in the Cuban establishment as the government prepares to usher in new leadership:
He became acting president in 2006 when his brother Fidel Castro surprised the world and announced his retirement following emergency surgery. In 2008, the National Assembly formally elected Raul to the post. Three years later he was named leader of the Communist Party of Cuba.
AP PHOTOS: Cuba’s Castro brothers through the years
HAVANA (AP) — The men who have run Cuba for nearly six decades began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran, sons of a wealthy farmer.
Both Fidel and Raul Castro turned to radical politics at a young age as they went to school first in the eastern city of Santiago, later at the University of Havana.
Events surrounding pardoned ex-prisoner facing deportation
A Cuban immigrant who was pardoned by Colorado's governor after he was ordered released from prison only to be arrested by immigration authorities is free again. This is a timeline of Rene-Lima Marin's case:
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (AP) — From the waters of Maryland to those of the Amazon, famed fisherman Bernard Victor "Lefty" Kreh reeled in 126 species of fish and new generations of fishing enthusiasts.
The Baltimore Sun reports Kreh died in his sleep of congestive heart failure Wednesday afternoon. He was 93.
Tuskegee Airman Floyd Carter Sr. dies; he was 95
NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Carter Sr., a Tuskegee Airman who was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, has died at the age of 95, according to the New York Police Department.
No, Fidel Castro is not Canada PM Trudeau’s father
A story claiming that Fidel Castro was the father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not true. The Canadian government denied it, Cuba has never claimed it and Trudeau's parents never visited Cuba until several years after Justin Trudeau was born.
Tillerson won’t confirm Trump attendance at Americas summit
LIMA, Peru (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that it's too early to know if President Donald Trump will attend a regional summit seen as the premier forum for projecting U.S. leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Speaking to journalists in Peru, Tillerson said Trump's attendance at the Summit of Americas would depend on his schedule, which typically isn't known so far in advance.
"There's been no final decision made," said Tillerson.
Fidel Castro’s son mourned in Cuba after suicide
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro's oldest son was mourned in Cuba on Friday after the unusually public announcement of his suicide following a long depression.
Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart was known as Fidelito, or Little Fidel, for his resemblance to his father. A nuclear physicist by training, Castro Diaz-Balart, 68, was the offspring of a family that combined the aristocratic class that ruled pre-revolutionary Cuba with the man who expelled them after taking power.
AP PHOTOS: Cuba skateboarders find new place to rip and roll
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's small but exuberant skateboard movement has carved out a new space for itself, helped by a Cuban-American skate shop owner.
Using small donations from individuals and a handful of charities, Rene Lecour and a group of Cuban skaters poured concrete bowls and ramps in an abandoned building at Liberty City, a former military base that was converted into an academic center by Fidel Castro after the country's 1959 revolution.
Cuba state media: Fidel Castro’s son has killed himself
HAVANA (AP) — The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68.
Official website Cubadebate said Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a "deeply depressed state." A brief note read on state television said his treatment had "required an initial hospitalization then outpatient follow-up."
Scott Walker, state jobs agency paint contradictory pictures of Madison
Madison: Home to a world-class university, drinks with a view of the Capitol, and sun-splashed kayaking next to a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired convention center?
Or Madison: Home to rising crime, a stagnating economy and a population so radical it elected a mayor who once gave Fidel Castro the key to the city?
Box of Fidel Castro’s cigars sells for almost $27,000
BOSTON (AP) — It was close but no cigar for anyone who bid less than $26,950 at auction for a signed box of Cuban cigars from Fidel Castro's personal collection.
Boston-based RR Auction says Thursday that was the winning bid.
The wooden Trinidad Fundadores cigar box was signed in blue felt tip by the longtime Cuban leader. It is accompanied by a photograph of Castro signing it for philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller in 2002.
Editorial: Worker shortage must be key issue in 2018 elections
Candidates for Wisconsin governor last week were debating the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Congressional hopefuls weighed in on a provocative book about President Donald Trump. And over at the statehouse, top lawmakers were calling for the resignations of election and ethics administrators who haven’t done anything wrong.
Giving Fidel Castro key to Wisconsin city flashpoint in race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal mayor of Wisconsin's capital who is preparing a challenge to Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended giving a key to the city to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, blasting Walker on Thursday for making the 1975 move an early flashpoint in the race.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, 72, plans to officially join a crowded Democratic field of candidates next week. Walker, who ran for president in 2016, is up for re-election to a third term as governor in November.
Today in History for January 1st
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean, published in the past week.
Tensions stayed high in Honduras, with no definitive winner declared in the second week since the Central American nation's presidential election.