Dec 26, 2014

Cubans fear detente may derail U.S. migration fast track

Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he’s suddenly worried that time may be running out. Across an island where migrating north is an obsession, the widespread jubilation over last week’s historic U.S.-Cuba detente is ...

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dec 25, 2014

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes failed in his beautiful Frankenstein of a taxicab, Tio couldn’t work for ...

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

Dec 24, 2014

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

For decades some of the most-wanted U.S. fugitives made new lives for themselves in Cuba, marrying, having children and becoming fixtures of their modest Havana neighborhoods as their cases went mostly forgotten at home. Granted political asylum by former President Fidel Castro, they became ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison

Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced on Tuesday. Gross was employed by Bethesda, ...

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Dec 22, 2014

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Cuba’s iconic stock of refurbished vintage American sedans from the 1950s may be facing their last trips to the garage soon, following the historic thawing of ties between Havana and Washington. Flashy Pontiacs, Plymouths, Dodges and Chevrolets, as well as crudely patched and rickety ...

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Dec 22, 2014

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis ...

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

Dec 21, 2014

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

When reporters needled her for details of delicate Israeli-Syrian talks 15 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright replied: “Sometimes talks, like mushrooms, do better in the dark.” That homespun axiom proved true again Wednesday with the revelation that a year and a ...