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July 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A highly decorated three-star general who fought alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution 30 years ago was sentenced to death Friday along with three other officers in a drug- smuggling and corruption scandal. After deliberating for two days, a military tribunal also sentenced 10 others, all army and state security officers, to long prison terms, the state news agency AIN reported. Sentenced to death were Gen.
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September 2, 1994 | From Associated Press
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter had a close encounter with a couple of Cuban gunboats Thursday as it rescued would-be refugees just outside Cuba's territorial waters. "It was just 'mess with the Coast Guard,' " said Lt. Steven A. Banks, the Monhegan's commanding officer. "It's the first time I know of (Cuban) border patrol nearing a Coast Guard vessel." The gunboats approached the cutter from behind and came within 200 yards of either side.
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June 16, 1987 | Associated Press
The Cuban general who defected to the United States last month has told U.S. officials that 10,000 Cuban troops have been killed in Angola since 1976, according to senior Administration officials. The estimate by Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz is the first authoritative figure the United States has received on Cuban casualties in Angola, but the officials said it was roughly the same as American calculations.
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January 4, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In one of the most daring defections ever from Fidel Castro's Cuba, a helicopter pilot Friday stood up a group of tourists scheduled for a sightseeing hop around the island and instead picked up his wife, 32 family members and friends and flew to Miami. The pilot, identified as Cuban Air Force Lt.
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January 4, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In one of the most daring defections ever from Fidel Castro's Cuba, a helicopter pilot Friday stood up a group of tourists scheduled for a sightseeing hop around the island and instead picked up his wife, 32 family members and friends and flew to Miami. The pilot, identified as Cuban Air Force Lt.
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August 30, 1988
South Africa plans to complete a pullout from Angola today in compliance with a regional peace plan aimed at removing foreign troops from the country and granting independence to Namibia, the South African military said. An estimated 2,500 South African troops in Angola have been leaving since a cease-fire was declared Aug. 8. About 50,000 Cuban troops support Angola's Marxist government in its 13-year-old war against guerrillas of UNITA, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola.
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October 12, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
A vessel carrying New Zealand's massive America's Cup sailboat from San Diego to New York was seized by a Cuban gunboat and taken into port Tuesday. According to the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami, the Cubans said the 156-foot offshore oil support ship Tampa Seahorse, flying an American flag, was inside Cuba's claimed 12-mile territorial waters off the southeast end of the island.
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May 6, 1990 | DON A. SCHANCHE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheered by the collapse of communism in East Europe, Cuban exiles have been dancing in the streets of Miami in expectation of Fidel Castro's imminent downfall. One militant anti-Castro group, Alpha-66, has even begun paramilitary training in the Everglades to join battle instantly if there is an armed uprising.
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January 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Cuba on Thursday blamed the United States for a rebel attack on its troops in Angola last weekend and temporarily suspended the withdrawal of its forces from the African country. The decision halted a Cuban pullout of soldiers and equipment from Angola that has been under way since January, 1989, as part of regional peace accords between Angola, South Africa and Cuba. Under the agreement, South Africa halted support for the Angolan rebels and agreed to a U.N.
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December 7, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Disclosing for the first time the human cost of its military involvement in Angola, the Cuban government announced that 2,016 Cubans have died in the African country since its forces were sent there 14 years ago. A spokesman for the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., gave that figure in announcing that the remains of all Cubans who died carrying out international missions in Angola and elsewhere have been returned to Cuba in recent days. In 1987, Brig. Gen.
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September 9, 1989 | From Reuters
The first group of 100 Cuban troops left Ethiopia on Friday following Havana's announcement Thursday that it is removing all its remaining troops from the East African country, a Cuban diplomat said. The diplomat said the troops left on a Cuban military transport and were seen off at Addis Ababa airport by Cuban Ambassador Antonio Perez Herrero and members of Cuba's military mission.
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September 8, 1989 | From Reuters
Cuban troops sent to Ethiopia to help the Marxist government in its war against Somalia will start leaving Saturday, the Cuban armed forces said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not give details on the number of soldiers who will leave. At the height of the fighting in 1978, Cuba was believed to have about 20,000 troops in Ethiopia, and in January, 1984, it began reducing its troops in the African country from 10,500 to 3,000.
NEWS
August 1, 1989
Cuba's high-level drug trafficking and corruption scandal widened to include the arrests of five more officials, including former Interior Minister Jose Abrantes Fernandez, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. The front-page announcement also reported that five brigadier generals have been demoted to the rank of colonel and retired as part of a thorough investigation and shake-up at the Ministry of the Interior.
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July 15, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Seven top officials in Cuba's Interior Ministry have resigned or been fired, the government announced Friday, one day after the execution of four military officers, thus providing the latest twist in the nation's highly publicized drug-smuggling and corruption scandal.
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