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U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba goes on hunger strike

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. contractor sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Cuba for attempting to establish an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The lawyer also criticized the United States for putting Alan Gross's life in further jeopardy by launching a secretive "Cuban Twitter" after his arrest in 2009.

Study: Number of US travellers to Cuba continues to rise, second only to Canada

MIAMI - The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday. Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 from England, Germany or France, according to a report by the U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group provided to The Associated Press. Canada remains the No. 1 country of origin for travellers to Cuba, but the number of U.S. travellers to the island has been steadily increasing over the last seven years.

Study: Number of US travellers to Cuba continues to rise, second only to Canada

MIAMI - The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday. Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 from England, Germany or France, according to a report by the U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group provided to The Associated Press. Canada remains the No. 1 country of origin for travellers to Cuba, but the number of U.S. travellers to the island has been steadily increasing over the last seven years.

Spy mission was worth time spent in US prison: Cuban agents

Two Cuban spies who recently completed prison terms in the United States told state-run television that their mission monitoring anti-Castro groups there had been worth their lengthy incarceration. "I don't view it as a sacrifice, I look at it as something that I simply had to do," Fernando Gonzalez, who was released in February after 15 years in US prison, said in a broadcast that aired late Saturday.

ZunZuneo: the new sound of US-Cuban discord

ZunZuneo, a Twitter-style application designed to get Cubans talking among themselves on their cell phones, has become the latest obstacle to improved relations between Washington and Havana. Experts in the United States say the failed project, active between 2009 and 2012, should raise serious questions about US policies towards the communist-run Caribbean island. The US Agency for International Development has (USAID) admitted to building the application so that Cubans, who face strict curbs on expression, could "talk freely among themselves."

Cuba brands as illegal U.S.-created ‘Cuban Twitter'

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has branded as illegal a U.S. project to quietly create a Twitter-like service in Cuba to promote political opposition, saying it shows that Washington has not given up its "subversive" campaign of undermining the island's government. The U.S. government on Thursday admitted it had created a service similar to Twitter in Cuba in a "discreet" operation intended to promote democracy on the communist-ruled island, after the $1.2 million effort was revealed by the Associated Press news agency.

Cuba demands US cease 'covert actions'

Cuba demanded Friday that the United States cease its "illegal and covert actions" against the communist country following disclosures Washington set up a Twitter-style application there. The White House on Thursday acknowledged the existence of the social media scheme but denied it was secret or intended to incite political unrest against the island's leaders.

AP Investigation: US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' with front companies to stir unrest

WASHINGTON - In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government.

U.S. acknowledges "Cuban Twitter" project

Washington, Apr 3 (EFE).- The government acknowledged Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development launched a project in Cuba to create a Twitter-like social network to increase Cubans' access to information but rejected describing the program as covert. "Suggestions this was a covert program are wrong," White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing. "It was not a covert program. It was debated in Congress. It was reviewed by the (Government Accountability Office). Those kinds of things don't happen to covert programs," he said.

12 Cubans rescued in Bahamian waters

Miami, Mar 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 Cuban migrants whose boat sank near Lobos Cay Island in the Bahamas, authorities said Friday. Officers on duty Thursday morning at the 7th District command center were informed that migrants were stranded on Lobos Cay and suffering from dehydration, the Coast Guard said in a statement. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry patrol aircraft and a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter were dispatched from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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