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Cuba visitors must have travel health insurance

HAVANA - (AP) Cuba has quietly begun requiring foreign tourists and Cubans who live overseas to hold travel insurance approved by island authorities, while making those who don't have coverage buy a local policy that can cost over $3 a day. The new law took effect Saturday and mandates that travelers...

Cuba says no case yet against jailed American

HAVANA - (AP) Cuba has yet to open a legal case against a U.S. government contractor from Maryland nearly six months after he was arrested as a suspected spy, the head of the island's high court said Wednesday. Alan P. Gross was detained Dec. 3 at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport...

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of papal visit

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues early Sunday, then rounded up more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana. Police took away Bertha Soler and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Venezuela Abandons the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

According to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's allies, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights interferes with national sovereignty by taking cases that have not been fully resolved in domestic courts. These critics contend that the human rights court is biased against leftist governments. ...

Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike

HAVANA (AP) - A prominent Cuban dissident completed her first week on a hunger strike with supporters saying her condition is worsening each day and they fear she might die. Pro-government bloggers, meanwhile, denounced the strike as a sham. Martha Beatriz Roque, a 67-year-old, state-trained economist...

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez freed from detention

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she traveled for a Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Cuban dissidents denounce threats

HAVANA (AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez said two plainclothes officials Full version (available to...