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September 28, 2003 | Nancy Ramsey, Special to The Times
Carlos Bosch's job as a reporter with the Catalonian Public Television program "Trenta Minuts" requires that he cover the world's hot spots -- Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Mozambique. So each summer, Bosch -- who is 51, single, of wiry build, and seems to run on adrenaline and double espressos -- tries to spend August at a house he owns in the Dominican Republic, relaxing in his hammock, reading, playing tennis.
May 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Cuba's communist leadership was quick to send condolences to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and to reiterate to Washington that it “rejects and condemns unequivocally all acts of terrorism.” Once a key supplier of arms and training to leftist rebels in Latin America, the Castro regime long ago disentangled itself from the Cold War-era confrontations. Havana now hosts peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that it once supported and the U.S.-allied government the insurgents battled for years.
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.    
July 27, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
In March, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco took a trip to the Caribbean and returned with an unusual souvenir: a $15-million deal for state agricultural exports to Cuba, a small-but-growing trade partner. Blanco, accompanied by three dozen businesspeople and port executives, was only the fourth U.S. governor to visit the communist-run island nation since the United States began restricting trade in 1960 in an attempt to oust President Fidel Castro.
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.
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