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At Summit, All Eyes On Meeting Between Obama And Castro

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Leaders of the Western Hemisphere are wrapping up the Summit of the Americas. A meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro has been the most anticipated moment of the conference.

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As Diplomatic Thaw Settles In, Currency Crisis Looms In Cuba

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Writer Patrick Symmes traces the roots of Cuba's two-currency system — and the potential fallout when that system will be eliminated sometime in the next year.

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Obama, Castro Shake Hands Ahead Of Historic Meeting Saturday

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In a moment some have looked forward to for more than 50 years, the presidents of the U.S. and Cuba met at the annual Summit of the Americas.

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Obama, Castro Sit For Historic Meeting At Americas Summit

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the gathering in Panama City. It was the first substantive meeting between leaders of the U.S. and Cuba in more than five decades.

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Army Reviewing Rape Charges Against U.S. Troops In Colombia

Saturday, April 11, 2015

After some prominent scandals involving U.S. security officials in Colombia, new allegations of sex crimes are getting some traction there.

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President Obama, Raul Castro Shake Hands, Chat At Summit Of The Americas

Friday, April 10, 2015

Earlier in the day the two leaders spoke by telephone. It's only the second time in the past 50 years that the heads of the U.S. and Cuba are known to have spoken.

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Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome First

Friday, April 10, 2015

Airbnb's entry into the Cuban market last week opened many American's eyes to what real estate on the island looks like. Interest in travel and buying homes is up, but there are plenty of challenges.

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In Jamaica, Obama Says Engaging Cuba Is More Powerful Than Isolation

Friday, April 10, 2015

President Obama is in Panama, where he'll share the stage with Cuban President Raul Castro. It's the first time they will interact since the 2 Cold War adversaries moved toward normalizing relations.

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Pro, Anti-Castro Demonstrators Clash At Panama Summit

Friday, April 10, 2015

On the sidelines of the Americas summit, tensions rose for a second day between pro and anti-Castro participants. On Wednesday, two opposing Cuban groups actually came to blows at a Panama City park.

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'I'm With Stupid' T-Shirt Trips Up Ecuador's President

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Politicians have basic rules about photo ops. This week, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa learned one more: Don't get on the wrong side of an "I'm With Stupid" T-shirt.

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Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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She's 66 And Finally Getting Electricity. Bring On The Ice Cream!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Haiti has long relied on NGOs for aid. But the village of Tuffet is now on the grid — and paying for its power. "It's better when you pay for something," a resident says. "It doesn't go away then."

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'More Than A Handshake': How Upcoming Summit Could Impact U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama — and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

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The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

President Nicolas Maduro's government hasn't solved food shortages or ended high inflation. It's been more effective in cracking down on the opposition, filing legal charges against many mayors.

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U.S. Hopes Rift With Venezuela Won't Overshadow Americas Summit

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The White House imposed targeted sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials in March. It also issued an executive order that described Venezuela as a threat to national security.

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The Second Most Dangerous Country For Land Mines Begins To De-Mine

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As the 51-year-old civil war in Colombia winds down, efforts to find and destroy the many mines are underway.

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Matamoros Drug Violence Spurs Rise In Kidnapping

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Battles between rival drug gangs are flaring in the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros. Kidnapping is increasingly being used by the narco-traffickers as an income generator.

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Airbnb Starts Listing Homes In Cuba; Average Rate Is $43 A Night

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A look at the offerings finds everything from "beautiful colonial rooms" in the heart of Havana for $27 to "a holiday sanctuary" on the outskirts of Havana that sleeps 10 for $1,000.

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Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tens of thousands of people are suffering after losing their jobs in the wake of wide-scale corruption at Brazil's state oil company. Scores of politicians and executives have been implicated.

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Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Violence has descended on the once laid back tourist town of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. From mechanics to Twitter users, residents are feeling the effects of a turf war.

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