The convicted ringleader of a smuggling organisation that brought more than 1,000 Cubans into the US, some of them baseball players including Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, was sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison.
Cubans had their first experience Tuesday of the island`s new web browsing services with the opening of 118 new Internet centers nationwide, though the price of being online was still too expensive for most citizens.
Cuba held elections to fill municipal assemblies across the island on Sunday in a vote the communist government says belies criticism in Washington and Europe that Fidel Castro`s half-century old revolution is not democratic.
Groups opposing Cuba`s communist regime have dramatically shifted funding toward the US Democrats since the party took control of Congress in last year`s elections, according to a study published on Monday.
Venezuela`s President Hugo Chavez says he will join a team of Cuban scientists on flights to "bomb clouds" to create rain amid a severe drought that has aroused public anger due to water and electricity rationing.