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Jan 18, 2015

Bill Cosby thanks Denver fans as protesters chant ‘shame!’

DENVER (Reuters) – Bill Cosby thanked hundreds of fans who turned out for shows in Denver on Saturday as a small gathering of protesters outside the theater denounced the comedian, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women in the past three months.

The star of NBC hit 1980s family sitcom “The Cosby Show” denies the allegations, many of which are decades old and fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases. His lawyer has called the claims “discredited” and “defamatory.” Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations. He settled a 2005 civil suit alleging sexual misconduct.

Jan 16, 2015

Utah attorney general in secret rescue of Colombia child sex slaves

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Utah’s attorney general says he posed as a bodyguard and translator during a secret mission coordinated with authorities in Colombia to rescue more than 55 child sex slaves from a gang on an island off the country’s Caribbean coast.

Sean Reyes, the state’s top law enforcement official, said on Thursday he played the role of Spanish-speaking interpreter and muscle for the sting set up by Operation Underground Railroad, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that works with police to fight child sex trafficking worldwide.

Jan 9, 2015

Cuba dissidents say 38 activists freed as part of deal with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has freed 38 opposition activists from prison over the past two days, including a popular hip-hop artist, as part of a deal to improve relations with the United States, dissident groups said on Friday.

The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said 29 of its members were among those released, and that most had been warned by the communist government they would be sent back to prison if they continued their opposition activities.

Jan 9, 2015

Cuba dissidents says 36 opposition activists freed in last two days

HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups said on Friday that 36 opposition activists have been freed in the last two days as part of a deal to improve relations between Havana and Washington that was announced last month.

The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said in a statement that 29 of its members were among the 36 released, adding that almost all of those freed were released on condition that they report regularly to the authorities.

Jan 8, 2015

Cuba frees two more political prisoners, dissidents say

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed two more detainees, dissidents said on Thursday, as Havana began to release 53 people the United States considers political prisoners, as part of an agreement between the two nations aimed at ending decades of hostility.

Five detainees have been liberated over the past 24 hours, political opposition groups on the communist-led island said, including three others on Wednesday – all members of the dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU).

Jan 8, 2015

Cuba releases three prisoners in sign of meeting U.S. agreement

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba released three detainees on Wednesday in a sign it was fulfilling an agreement to free a list of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as part of a thaw in relations between the two nations.

The government freed 19-year-old twin brothers Diango Vargas Martin and Bianco Vargas Martin on Wednesday afternoon, opposition activists said. The pair were arrested in December 2012 and sentenced to 30 months in jail for disorderly conduct and threatening a state official.

Jan 6, 2015

Spies, housewife, militants: Cuban prisoners hoping for release a mixed bag

HAVANA (Reuters) – Ernesto Borges, a KGB-trained counter-intelligence officer, has been in a Cuban prison for 16 years for attempting to hand over secrets to a U.S. diplomat in Cuba.

Haydee Gallardo, 51, is a housewife who only got involved in politics two years ago because she believed her sons were locked up unfairly for common crimes. She joined the “Ladies in White” dissident group and she and her husband were themselves jailed after shouting anti-government slogans in May.

Jan 6, 2015

Cuba will attract more tourists with U.S. deal, needs to modernize

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.

Jan 2, 2015

Artist Bruguera freed in Cuba after colleagues write in support

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.

Jan 2, 2015

Hundreds of artists call for release of Cuban colleague Bruguera

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.”

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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