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SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10- After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.
HAVANA, Feb 24- Cuba continued to shed state jobs and move workers into the private sector in 2013, according to a report issued by the official labor federation at the weekend, as President Raul Castro pressed forward with reforms to the Soviet-style system.
CARACAS, Feb 20- Security forces and protesters fought around Venezuela on Thursday in streets blocked by burning barricades and a supporter of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was shot dead, the sixth fatality from more than a week of violence.
*EU offers talks to Cuba on trade, investment accord. BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. But all this warmth at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa has brought no radical change and the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, imposed in 1962, remains.
CARACAS, Feb 20- Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.
BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008..
BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008..
MIAMI/ HAVANA, Feb 6- U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but President Barack Obama seems unwilling or unable to confront a well-organized anti- Cuba lobby and push for further progress.
*EU tries to position itself for future transition in Cuba. BRUSSELS/ MADRID, Jan 30- The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.
*EU tries to position itself for future transition in Cuba. BRUSSELS/ MADRID, Jan 30- The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.
*Obama poised to bypass Congress on some policy initiatives. WASHINGTON, Jan 28- President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America's middle class in a State of the Union address that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year.
PRISON IN GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA- SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS.
HAVANA, Jan 28- Cuban President Raul Castro challenged Latin American and Caribbean leaders to improve healthcare and education, telling a regional summit on Tuesday they have the natural resources to eradicate poverty but may lack the political will.
MARIEL, Cuba, Jan 27- Cuba on Monday inaugurated a $957 million port billed as the most modern in Latin America and crucial to the economic future of the communist-ruled island in a project financed by Brazil and equipped for ships passing through an expanded Panama Canal.
HAVANA, Jan 27- Latin American and Caribbean leaders converge on Cuba this week to discuss trade, peace and human rights in a further sign of regional eagerness to challenge the dominance of the United States. Among those arrested was Jose Ferrer, leader of the Santiago de Cuba- based Patriotic Union of Cuba, one of the most active opposition groups.
*U.S. official in Cuba for migration talks. State Department official in Cuba for migration talks praised on Friday the tone of current relations between the United States and Cuba, and visited jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross during a three-day trip to the Communist-run island to demonstrate Washington's concern over his plight.
HAVANA, Jan 8- Thousands of Cuban state taxi drivers will soon be leasing their vehicles and working on their own as part of a reorganization of the country's taxi service aimed at improving efficiency, according to rules published on Wednesday. Cuba nationalized all retail business in 1968, down to the shoe-shine shops, and fixed all prices.
WASHINGTON, Jan 3- The Pentagon said on Friday it had cut by about a third the list of places where U.S. troops get imminent danger pay, dropping locations like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in a move expected to reduce costs by about $100 million a year. As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas, "the Pentagon said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, Jan 3- The Pentagon said on Friday it had cut by about a third the list of places where U.S. troops would receive imminent danger pay, dropping locations like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in a move expected to reduce costs by about $100 million a year.
At the state-run Peugeot dealership in Havana on Friday morning, where prices ranged from $91,000 for a 2013 model 206 to $262,000 for a 508, people walked away shaking their heads in disgust. I am going to die before I can buy a new car, " Roberto Gonzales, a state driver, said, walking back to his 1950 s Plymouth.