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US rejects Cuba demand to hand back Guantanamo Bay base
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US rejects Cuba demand to hand back Guantanamo Bay base

The US says it will not hand back the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of efforts to improve relations with Cuba. Cuban President Raul Castro included a demand in a speech on Wednesday, calling for the US trade embargo to be lifted. US President Barack Obama “does believe that […]

Haiti forms electoral panel for overdue polls
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Haiti forms electoral panel for overdue polls

Haiti has installed a Provisional Electoral Council to organise long-delayed elections – after weeks of protests and political uncertainty. The nine-member panel represents different sectors of society. It was sworn in shortly before a UN Security Council delegation arrived on a three-day mission. General and municipal polls are three years […]

Brazil’s most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years
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Brazil’s most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years

Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais must save water, she said after an emergency meeting in the capital Brasilia. Ms Teixeira described the water crisis […]

US representative meets with Cuban dissidents in Havana
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US representative meets with Cuban dissidents in Havana

The highest US official to visit Cuba in more than 30 years has met leading Cuban dissidents in Havana. Roberta Jacobson, the state department’s top Latin American official, held the meeting after two days of historic US-Cuba talks. One dissident called the meeting “a very human coming-together”, but not all […]

Mexico arrests gang member for students’ murders
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Mexico arrests gang member for students’ murders

Police in Mexico have arrested a member of a criminal gang accused of killing 43 students in Iguala in September. Felipe Rodriguez ordered Guerreros Unidos gang members to burn the bodies and clothing of the victims to hide evidence, prosecutors say. They say the students were detained by police after […]

American delegation arrives in Cuba
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American delegation arrives in Cuba

An American Congressional delegation has arrived in Havana in the first such visit since the United States and Cuba agreed to restore ties severed in 1961. The Democrat politicians plan to meet Cuban officials and civilian leaders to discuss practical measures required for the normalisation of relations. The thaw in […]

Brazil: Rio announces 2016 Olympics ticket sales programme
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Brazil: Rio announces 2016 Olympics ticket sales programme

Organisers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have announced details of its ticket programme for the 2016 Games. Seventy percent of tickets will be reserved for residents of Brazil, said the Rio Committee. Fans can register online now, but sales will begin in March. The first results of the draw […]

Haiti rocked by violence
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Haiti rocked by violence

Protesters in Haiti have clashed with police in a demonstration calling for the resignation of President, Michel Martelly over long-delayed elections. Police in the capital, Port-au-Prince, fired tear gas and sprayed water on hundreds of demonstrators. Haiti is facing a major political crisis, as the mandates of its lawmakers expire […]

Paris tightens up on security measures following attack
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Paris tightens up on security measures following attack

Some 500 extra troops are being deployed around Paris after three days of terror in the French capital killed 17 people. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said all necessary measures were being taken to protect the country. Police in France are hunting for any accomplices of three gunmen killed by police […]

US to discuss migration issues with Cuba
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US to discuss migration issues with Cuba

US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will lead a delegation travelling to the Cuban capital, Havana, later this month. These will be the first high level talks since Cuba and the US announced last month that they were restoring relations. The US State Department said the talks – to […]