HAVANA, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Salsa music and cigar smoke swirl
round the grand courtyard of Havana’s famous Hotel Nacional, and
guests enjoy stunning views out over the “Malecon” seafront
promenade and the ocean beyond.
But inside, many of its rooms are shabby and musty, the WiFi
is costly and weak, customer service is often indifferent, and
the food, while plentiful, is generally dull.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was freed on Friday after three back-to-back detentions in three days, and after more than a thousand artists worldwide signed an open letter to Cuban President Raul Castro calling for her release.
The detention of the Cuban artist and other political opponents of the island’s communist government over recent days has tested a new detente with the United States.
HAVANA (Reuters) – More than 500 artists wrote to Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday calling for the release of a colleague who was detained for a third time in three days in a crackdown that has tested a new detente with the United States.
Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was detained again on Thursday after going to a Havana prison to demand that fellow opponents of the government be released, dissidents said. She had planned an open microphone event earlier this week that the communist government called a “political provocation.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police have apparently again detained a performance artist whose planned demonstration earlier this week triggered a new crackdown on dissent that could strain the detente between Cuba and the United States.
Cuba arrested a number of political opponents on Tuesday, holding most of them overnight to thwart an open microphone event outside government headquarters that it labeled a “political provocation.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed some leading dissidents on Wednesday after holding them overnight to thwart an unauthorised demonstration in a crackdown that has tested its detente with the United States.
Police detained several dissidents on Tuesday and kept others under virtual house arrest ahead of an open microphone protest that was to have taken place outside government headquarters in Havana’s Revolution Square.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A prominent opposition blogger in Cuba said her husband was freed by the authorities overnight but several dissidents were still in custody on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested in a move that drew condemnation from the United States.
The detentions in the Cuban capital were the most significant crackdown on the opposition on the communist-led island since Havana and Washington agreed on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic ties and end more than 50 years of hostility.
DENVER (Reuters) – FBI agents arrested a Colorado man who posted online threats advocating the killing of police officers after investigators received a tip-off about one of the messages from Google, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Jeremiah M. Perez, 33, was detained without incident at his home in Colorado Springs on Monday and faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado said in a statement.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers
has sued two more law firms in the state for fraud, accusing
them of inflating foreclosure costs charged to homeowners, his
As part of an ongoing investigation, Suthers has filed eight
civil law enforcement actions against Colorado foreclosure law
firms in 2014, five of which resulted in settlements totaling
nearly $12 million.
Dec 18 (Reuters) – A Washington-based journalist has sued
St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his
rights were violated when he was arrested while covering
protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a
white police officer in Ferguson, court papers showed.
Gerald Yingst, a reporter and producer with News2Share, also
accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on
Twitter and saying he had refused a commander’s order to clear
the street, damaging his professional reputation.
DENVER (Reuters) – Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed.