Cuba begins 5-month political transition

Cuba on Monday began a five-month political transition expected to end with Raul Castro’s departure from the presidency, capping his family’s near-total dominance of the country’s political system for nearly 60 years.

Democrats’ use of Spanish in debate evokes praise, eye rolls

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke answered a question about marginal tax rates in Spanish. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey showed off his Spanish skills while discussing his ideas on immigration reform. Former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who is Mexican American, gave part of his closing statement in Spanish. […]

De Blasio shouts Cuban revolutionary slogan at Miami rally

MIAMI (AP) — New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio shouted a Spanish slogan associated with Cuba’s Communist revolution at a rally Thursday, drawing criticism in a city heavily influenced by exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s rule. He later apologized on Twitter, saying he didn’t understand the history and significance of the […]

Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Stopping short of a complete turnabout, President Donald Trump is expected to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations and allowing U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to the island.

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