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Awkward joint appearance for Castro, Obama

Havana (AFP) - Edging back from the podium during a joint press conference with Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro began to fidget with his headphones and look around the room quizzically.
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Flight prices to Cuba could drop 50% after Obama's visit

...Currently, the only way for Americans to find an affordable flight to Cuba is to fly through another country like Mexico or Canada. ......
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Mexican president says won't pay for Trump wall, makes Hitler warning

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president has said his country will not pay for White House hopeful Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and likened his "strident tone" to the ascent of dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini....
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Amid crisis, Puerto Rico cracks down on theft, tax cheats

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Like many small business owners in this struggling U.S. territory, Luis Escribano was having a hard time paying the power bills. So, for at least five years, he did what many others have done: tampered with the electricity meter at his small cafe, illegally cutting his bill by tens of thousands of dollars....
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Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit to former Cold War foe

HAVANA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday on a historic visit, opening a new chapter in U.S. engagement with the island's Communist government after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes....
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Drug cartel battle kills 52 in northeastern Mexican prison

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 52 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico's far north....
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Venezuela president vows to resist ouster

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro vowed Thursday the opposition's attempts to drive him from power would not prosper "by fair means or foul" in a political crisis gripping the oil-rich nation....
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More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas....
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Venezuela Is About to Go Bust

...For years, Venezuela has had a massive budget deficit, sustained only by exorbitant oil prices.......
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Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman Luis Patino said....
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