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WORLD
October 26, 2004 | From Reuters
Cuba said Monday that it would end circulation of the U.S. dollar in its territory as of Nov. 8 in response to tightened U.S. economic sanctions. Cubans, foreign residents and tourists will have to use locally printed pesos, equal in value to the dollar, the central bank said. A 10% fee will be charged for exchanging dollars. The ban will, in effect, tax remittances from the United States -- an estimated $1 billion a year -- unless they are sent in other currencies.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach in London about her eyebrow-raising fifth anniversary trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z in April. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the trip and sought clarification on why two of the U.S.' biggest stars were visiting the communist island-nation, which is under an embargo for routine tourism.
WORLD
May 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
More than 200 people opened a rare opposition assembly Friday in Cuba, uninterrupted by authorities who had expelled European lawmakers, journalists and others who had planned to attend. Martha Beatriz Roque, the meeting's lead organizer and a former political prisoner, called it "a point of departure" for future work. Roque said it was the first such gathering in Fidel Castro's 46 years of communist rule. "This is a really nice surprise....
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two young boys, allegedly abducted by their parents last week and taken to Cuba, were frolicking and mugging for reporters Thursday outside the Florida home of their grandparents, who have legal custody of the children. “When you are in the middle of a nightmare, it's kind of hard to do a whole lot,” Bob Hauser, the boys' grandfather, told reporters at a nationally televised news conference. “We knew we would get through it.” Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken are back with the Hausers, their maternal grandparents.
TRAVEL
January 22, 2006
ROSEMARY McCLURE wrote an interesting article regarding Cuba ["Cuba, Suspended in Time," Jan. 15]. There is one thing, though, that I found disingenuous. Her article stated, "But Cubans also have universal healthcare and an effective education system." Perhaps I should give you the benefit of the doubt, in that you were not able to speak freely with the people of the island. I agree that they have a universal healthcare system. However, what good is a universal healthcare system if, when the doctor prescribes you a medication, it is nowhere to be found without dollars from a family in the States?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992
When you read Benson's glowing commentary on life in Cuba you find clear proof of the charge that American universities are the last bastion of those extolling the virtues of dictatorial Marxism. I wonder if this member of the academic intelligentsia realizes that those things he likes so well--few cars thus no smog, no billboards or signs, clean streets sans graffiti, no destitute people, medical care cradle to grave, free day care centers, free schooling--are also the trademarks of totalitarian regimes be they fascist or socialist.
NEWS
December 19, 2001 | Associated Press
Five people, including a couple visiting from South Florida and their 8-year-old grandson, were killed by attackers in a suspected robbery, Cuban government sources confirmed Tuesday. Four victims were identified as members of the same family and the fifth as a friend who was driving the car. One morgue employee said they were shot. A man answering the phone at the forensic services office in the central province of Matanzas confirmed that five people had been slain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1989
As a Republican and a pragmatist I was quite dismayed to read the column "A Case for Keeping the Squeeze on Castro" by Susan Kaufman Purcell (Op-Ed Page, Jan. 2). The premise that our posture should be to use the instrument of our accord with the Soviet Union in order to attempt to control Cuba, and to continue to deny Cuba our products is hardly reasonable in 1989. The author should be looking at what benefits the United States rather than seeking to punish an unruly child. We must remember that, historically, it is the pragmatists who have taken the lead in replacing the antiquated ideologically based relations with other countries with policies which served the interest of our country.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the Clinton administration returned young castaway Elian Gonzalez in 2000 to communist-ruled Cuba, a regime his mother died trying to flee, angry Cuban exiles helped deliver Florida's electoral votes and victory to Republican presidential contender George W. Bush. Four years later, President Bush again carried this state.
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