Central America & Caribbean

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez skips the Summit of the Americas, travels to Cuba to continue with cancer treatment

April 15, 2012

“Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro announced the decision from Colombia, where he was attending the summit in Chavez’s place. He told state television that Chavez decided not to attend on the advice of his doctors.”

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Fidel Castro mocks President Obama’s “guayabera” diplomacy

April 11, 2012

“News reports have said a noted Colombian designer is making a series of guayaberas for Obama to wear at the summit of the Americas in Cartagena, April 14-15.”

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Kidnapped Diplomat from Costa Rica released by captors in Venezuela

April 11, 2012

“Several abductions in the past few months have worried the diplomatic community and underlined Venezuela’s high crime rate – the top concern of voters during an election year.”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heads to Brazil for emergency cancer treatment after radiation treatment in Cuba failed

April 6, 2012

“Brazilian media is reporting that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will make an emergency trip to Brazil after allegedly suffering intestinal burns during his radiation treatment in Cuba.”

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Pentagon: Khalid Sheik Mohammed to face a death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

April 4, 2012

“The suspects were first charged in a military commission in 2008, but the case was suspended when the Obama administration came into office and later moved to have them tried in federal court in New York.”

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Fidel Castro, criticizes the U.S. Trade Embargo against Cuba

March 29, 2012

“Pope Benedict called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and met with revolutionary icon Fidel Castro on Wednesday as he ended a trip in which he urged the communist island to change.”

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Pope Benedict XVI visits Mexico and Cuba

March 28, 2012

“Pope Benedict XVI headed to Cuba on Monday, hoping to inspire the same outpouring of faith on the communist-run island as he did in Mexico’s conservative Catholic heartland.”

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Cuban Dissident Leader freed after a brief detention

March 19, 2012

“Bertha Soler, leader of the Ladies in White opposition group, said authorities have also warned her not to spoil Pope Benedict XVI’s visit next week.”

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Pro-Cuban Regime Activists targeting Cuban Dissidents

March 18, 2012

“A crowd of about 100 pro-regime activists rallied outside the home of a leader of the prominent Cuban dissident group Ladies in White, with political tensions rising ahead of next week’s visit by Pope Benedict XVI.”

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Venezuelan President Chavez announces that he will travel to Cuba for cancer removal surgery

February 22, 2012

“Doctors there will remove a lesion in the coming days from the same area of his body where doctors removed a cancerous tumor last year, Chavez said.”

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Hugo Chavez needs surgery after doctors in Cuba discover a new lesion

February 21, 2012

“The left-wing Venezuelan president traveled to Cuba over the weekend without notifying the public, fueling speculation about his health. Chávez reappeared on Tuesday, when state television broadcast his visit to the Veneminsk tractor factory in the Venezuelan state of Barinas.”

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The prison fire in Honduras exposes dysfunction and chaos within the country

February 16, 2012

“Six guards, 800-plus prisoners in 10 cellblocks, one set of keys. The numbers spelled disaster when fire tore through a prison and 355 people died, many yet to even be charged with a crime, much less convicted.”

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Hundreds of people killed in a prison fire in Honduras

February 15, 2012

“Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday. Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutor’s office, said early Wednesday some 356 people on the prison roster are unaccounted for among 852 prisoners.”

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro publishes ‘Guerrilla of Time’, his memoirs

February 4, 2012

“Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance to launch his memoirs. The book, Guerrilla of Time, is almost 1,000 pages long and relates his childhood and rise to power in the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro, 85, said it was every Cuban’s duty to fight until the last moment, for Cuba, the planet, and humanity.”

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Obama Administration Officials have briefed 8 Senate leaders on a pending deal to transfer as many as 5 Taliban prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar

February 1, 2012

“Top Obama administration officials briefed eight senior Senate leaders Tuesday on a pending deal to transfer as many as five Taliban prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar. The identities of the administration briefers were not shared, but we were told it was a high-level interagency briefing team.”

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