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Apr 10, 2012

Miami Marlins suspend manager over Castro comments

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Marlins baseball team suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised Cuba’s Fidel Castro in a magazine interview, the team said on Tuesday.

The outspoken Guillen held a bilingual news conference on Tuesday in Miami – home to a large Cuban exile community – to apologize for a second time and said there were translation problems with the interview.

Mar 31, 2012

Fish tanks and palm trees – Miami’s new baseball stadium

MIAMI (Reuters) – Get ready, baseball fans. Miami, the city of sun and fun, wants to bring some flair to America’s favorite pastime.

When baseball’s Opening Day kicks off next week, the Miami Marlins will inaugurate a new $515 million ballpark built with all the trappings of South Florida — two enormous fish tanks, palm trees and a kitschy (of course) home run celebration display.

Mar 8, 2012

Former central bank chief killed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/MIAMI, March 7 (Reuters) – A Haitian
banker whose son is cooperating with authorities in a major U.S.
bribery investigation involving former Haitian government
officials has been shot and killed, police said on Wednesday.

Venel Joseph was shot on his way home in the capital,
Port-au-Prince, late on Tuesday, said police spokesman Gary
Desrosiers. Authorities are investigating the circumstances of
the shooting, he said.

Mar 2, 2012

U.S. prosecutor says tough tactics to remain in bribery fight

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department official steering the department’s anti-bribery efforts signaled on Thursday the agency would continue to use aggressive tactics to pursue prosecutions despite recent setbacks in some high-profile cases.

Charles Duross, the deputy chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section, said “there are lessons to be learned” after prosecutors failed to win convictions in several cases involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which bars U.S.-linked firms from bribing foreign officials.

Feb 24, 2012

Cash-rich Venezuelans help resuscitate Miami real estate

MIAMI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Many Venezuelans have long
had a love affair with Miami, but rarely has it been so intense
- as least judging by the property market.

The cash-rich South Americans are leading a charge into
Miami real estate, helping to spur a recovery in a market that
once stood as a poster child of America’s housing bust.

Feb 24, 2012

Cash-rich Venezuelans help resuscitate Miami real estate

MIAMI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Many Venezuelans have long
had a love affair with Miami, but rarely has it been so intense
- as least judging by the property market.

The cash-rich South Americans are leading a charge into
Miami real estate, helping to spur a recovery in a market that
once stood as a poster child of America’s housing bust.

Feb 23, 2012

Cash-rich Latin Americans help resuscitate Miami real estate

MIAMI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Many Latin Americans have
long had a love affair with Miami, but rarely has it been so
intense — as least judging by the property market.

Cash-rich Latin Americans, spearheaded by Venezuelans and
Brazilians, have led a charge into Miami real estate, helping to
spur a recovery in a market that once stood as a poster child of
America’s housing bust.

Feb 13, 2012

Detained Swiss banker’s fate up in the air

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – A Swiss private banker, held on a criminal complaint for 13 months without a formal indictment, was on Monday given 60 more days by a Florida court to go on trying to resolve the issue with U.S. authorities.

Christos Bagios, a Greek citizen and Swiss resident, was due

either to be indicted or have his case dismissed, but instead was granted the extension by Judge Lurana Snow in a federal courtroom in Ft. Lauderdale.

Jan 31, 2012

In Florida, a changing Latino mosaic reshapes politics

MIAMI (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates courting Florida’s influential Latino vote have hit the campaign trail lambasting Cuba’s Fidel Castro and heaping criticism on U.S. policy toward the communist island.

But the candidates’ focus on the fiercely anti-Castro Cuban-American community in South Florida may be overlooking a changing Latino vote in which the underlying political views are no longer seen through the prism of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Jan 28, 2012

Two Florida Republicans say time to temper immigration rhetoric

MIAMI (Reuters) – Two prominent Florida Republicans urged their party to tone down its rhetoric on illegal immigration or risk driving away Latino voters who may be a important bloc in this year’s presidential election.

The appeals by Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush came as Republican candidates courted the state’s sizable Hispanic vote four days before Tuesday’s Florida primary.