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NEWS
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.    
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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said career diplomat John J. Taylor was appointed by the State Department to replace Curtis W. Kamman, who was abruptly withdrawn as chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana in January.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.
TRAVEL
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, http://insightcuba.com/cuba-tours . 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, http://www.geoex.com/trips/cuba . Eight-day trips from $5,680, not including round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Globus has joined the ranks of well-known tour companies offering trips to Cuba under a special U.S. Treasury Department license that permits people-to-people educational exchanges on the Communist island. Its nine-day “ Undiscovered Cuba ” itinerary, based in Havana, includes a city tour led by a local architect; meetings with musicians and university students and local car club members; dinner at a family-owned paladar (privately owned restaurant), with a discussion of the free-enterprise system; a visit with a tobacco farmer and his family; and an excursion to the home of late novelist Ernest Hemingway . Beach time is not on the agenda.
NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
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.
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