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December 24, 2011
Dolores Merino of Los Angeles was on vacation in Cuba early this month when she came across these women in old Havana who brightened the mood.    
March 24, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Mexico on Friday, urging this nation's Catholics to resist the temptations of violent drug traffickers and calling for change in Cuba. This is Benedict's first voyage to the Spanish-speaking Americas; after three days in Mexico, he continues to Cuba, the first papal visit to the island nation since John Paul II's historic trip to Havana in 1998. Landing on a sun-drenched afternoon in Mexico's conservative and traditionally Catholic midsection, Benedict was greeted by President Felipe Calderon.
January 10, 1992 | Reuters
"Counterrevolutionaries" seeking to flee the island shot and killed three Cuban policemen and badly wounded a fourth officer when they tried to steal a launch from a boatyard east of Havana early Thursday, Cuba's Interior Ministry said. An official statement said the incident, less than a week after 34 Cubans fled to Florida in a stolen helicopter, occurred at Tarara on the northern coast about nine miles east of Havana.
September 6, 1987 | From Reuters
The U.S. government has named a new head of its diplomatic mission in Cuba after a nine-month break, officials said here on Friday. The mission's interim head, Thomas Gerth, said career diplomat John J. Taylor was appointed by the State Department to replace Curtis W. Kamman, who was abruptly withdrawn as chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana in January. Gerth told reporters that Taylor would take his post soon but gave no date.
November 18, 2012
At last count, there are more than 160 tour operators with licenses from the Treasury Department to run people-to-people Cuba trips. Here are three: Insight Cuba , (800) 450-2822, . I was on the Classic Cuba trip, with prices starting at $3,595 a person for seven nights and eight days. Airfare is not included. Geographic Expeditions, (888) 570-7108, . Eight-day trips from $5,680, not including round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana.
March 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sixteen Cubans who were aboard a Cuban airliner that was hijacked and diverted to Florida returned to Havana from Miami. Cuban President Fidel Castro greeted them at the airport. Six Cuban crew members and 24 passengers had been held by U.S. authorities since Wednesday's hijacking. Some Cubans decided to stay, U.S Customs spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said. Six men suspected of hijacking the plane are jailed on federal air-piracy charges.
January 14, 1995
Mike Clary's "Finding Art in the Despair of Cuban Refugees" (Dec. 30) showed that in 1994 anything, even jerry-built rafts, could be "art." Clary, however, lets his Cold War rhetoric cloud the article, e.g., ". . . under a communist regime that prohibits 'ordinary citizens' from leaving the island for any reason, fleeing the island by boat has been an option of last resort that thousands have chosen." In truth, "ordinary" Cubans, albeit only one family member at a time, are allowed to visit their relatives in the United States.
July 16, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Experience the real Cuba on a "People to People Cultural Journey" sponsored by the Palos Verdes Art Center. The eight-day tour, which features local guides and visits to museums, art centers and homes of Havana residents, is a licensed cultural exchange program. Besides visiting Havana the group will travel outside the capital to the cities of Triinidad and Cienfuegos, where participants will meet residents, learn about their daily lives and about the 400-year history of the Valley of the Sugar Mills.  When: The tour departs Oct. 25; other people-to-people Cuban exchange tours will be offered November through February.
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