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Central America News - 12/20/2014
News on Central America continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.

12/20/2014 -  Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of Fidel's shadow - 02:23 AM

Viva Raul: President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support since the deal with the US. Havana: Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.



12/19/2014 -  Immigration: More Central Americans apprehended than Mexicans - 10:14 PM

For the first time since detailed records began being kept in 1992, undocumented immigrants from Mexico made up less than half of those apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. More Central Americans were caught crossing into the United States illegally than Mexicans, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.



12/19/2014 -  Peter Lucas: A presidential place for Obama's library? Gitmo - 05:59 PM

Gitmo, of course, is where the detention center housing terrorists is located in southeastern Cuba. Obama has been trying unsuccessfully to close it for years.



12/19/2014 -  Cuban cigar boom? A look at what new rules mean - 01:45 PM

Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba's most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here's a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars: Licensed American travelers can bring back no more than $100 in cigars.



12/19/2014 -  5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference - 09:45 AM

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administratio... . File- This Dec. 10, 2012, file photo shows President Barack Obama gesturing as he speaks to workers about the economy during a visit to Daimler Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich.



12/19/2014 -  Salvadoran murder suspect who fled to Northern California sent back to home country - 05:29 AM

A Salvadoran man suspected of killing a man in his native country during an argument in which he also shot at his mother two years ago was turned over to authorities there Wednesday after being taken into custody in San Francisco, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. Salvadoran police reports state that Luis Eduardo Lopez Silva, 34, allegedly shot Cesar Giovanni on March 23, 2012 in Ahuachapan, El Salvador after a night of drinking, according to ICE officials.



12/19/2014 -  Think Cuban-Americans all think alike? Think again - 01:17 AM

Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says. Blanco, who celebrated a multicultural America by reading his poem "One Today" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, was raised in Miami, the son of exiles who fled shortly after Fidel and Raul Castro's 1959 revolution.



12/18/2014 -  Cuba's No. 1 news story? Not detente with US - 09:08 PM

Amazingly, the restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States and the sea of potential consequences that opens up appeared not to be the biggest news story in Cuba. The country's most famous newspaper trumpeted a very narrow component of that story Thursday.



12/18/2014 -  Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US - 05:56 PM

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first full day after the surprise announcement, many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to things taken for granted elsewhere, and will lift a struggling socialist economy where staples like meat, cooking oil and toilet paper are often hard to come by.



12/18/2014 -  Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba - 03:51 PM

Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.



12/18/2014 -  U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet - 11:52 AM

The Obama administration's historic move to restore ties between the U.S. and Cuba may eventually put more Cubans online, but the future of the Internet there is likely to depend more on domestic policies than on imported goods and services. As President Obama announced steps to lower barriers between the U.S. and Cuba after more than 50 years, he said the strict U.S. laws designed to isolate Cuba have contributed to the island's isolation from the Internet.



12/18/2014 -  A Glimpse Into How Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Works - 07:36 AM

Upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi rose in just over four years to unseat Samsung as the brand shipping the most smartphones in China. And despite increasing media coverage of it, the private company remains little-known especially when it comes to its financial details or structure.



12/18/2014 -  Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy - 03:21 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, during a news conferenc... . U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey disagrees with the president's position on Cuba.



12/18/2014 -  Obama reignites political debate over Cuba - 03:21 AM

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC's 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla. Bush, who announced plans in mid-December to "actively explore" ru... .



12/18/2014 -  Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations - 01:17 AM

Hernandez and Saavedra express their disagreement with ... . This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.



12/17/2014 -  Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions - 10:12 PM

President Obama's announcement that he planned to "normalize" relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner.



12/17/2014 -  U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism - 06:00 PM

Tourists ride in classic cars along Havana's Malecon. Plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation gives hope to airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies - all which have been quietly eyeing a removal of the travel ban.



 


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