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Mariela Castro broke with tradition and voted "no" in parliament to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.  (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Mariela Castro broke with tradition and voted "no" in parliament to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
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A Castro breaks tradition with a ‘no’ vote in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament.

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Cuba's President Raul Castro delivers his speech during closing of the third regular session of the eighth legislature, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Ismael Francisco)
Cuba's President Raul Castro delivers his speech during closing of the third regular session of the eighth legislature, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Ismael Francisco)
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Raul Castro: Cuba’s economic change must be gradual

HAVANA (AP) -- President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba's program of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country's already-struggling economy slowing.

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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, shown here campaigning in Orlando, Fla. last month, is saying what few politicians have in decades to Cuban-Americans: end the trade embargo against Cuba.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, shown here campaigning in Orlando, Fla. last month, is saying what few politicians have in decades to Cuban-Americans: end the trade embargo against Cuba. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
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Democrats courting Florida’s changing Cuban voters

MIAMI (AP) -- When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba.

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Gladys Llanes listens to a new U.S. citizen recount her journey as an immigrant from Cuba during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Miami.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Gladys Llanes listens to a new U.S. citizen recount her journey as an immigrant from Cuba during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans Support End to Embargo

MIAMI (AP) -- About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island's government. That's according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday.

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A man reads a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma while waiting for the bus in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
A man reads a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma while waiting for the bus in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Cuban Blogger’s News Site Hacked After Going Live

Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

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Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez, above, says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a move that will test the government’s openness to free expression. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Cuba’s best-known blogger Yoani Sanchez, above, says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in a move that will test the government’s openness to free expression. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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Cuban Blogger Launching Online Newspaper

Cuba's best-known blogger says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday. It's a move that will test both the government's openness to free expression and the dissident's ability to build a following inside her country.

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US Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Stir Unrest

The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country's communist government.

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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
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With Gitmo Closure Elusive, Obama Seeks Other Steps

President Barack Obama's vow to try again to close the Guantanamo Bay prison remains a tough sell in Congress.

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Hurricane Sandy Responsible For At Least 21 Deaths

Hurricane Sandy is now responsible for at least 21 deaths. Cuban state media have announced 11 deaths from the storm, including a 4-month-old boy who was crushed when his home collapsed.

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Isaac Expected to Become Hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac is emerging from the Haiti coast and forecasters have upped the ante, issuing hurricane warnings and watches through the parts of Florida.

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