The Sound and the Fury: Inside the Mystery of the Havana Embassy

Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica
It was a cool night for Havana, with the temperature falling into the mid-70s, and the diplomat and his family were feeling very good about their assignment to Cuba. They were still settling into their new home, a comfortable, Spanish-style house in the lush enclave that had been called “el Country Club” before wealthy families abandoned it in the early years of the revolution. “We were just thrilled to be there,” the diplomat recalled. “The music, the rum, the cigars, the people — and a very important moment for diplomacy.”

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Trump to pick Mexico expert as next assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Trump to pick Mexico expert as next assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy News
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump will nominate intelligence and Mexico expert Kimberly Breier to be assistant secretary of the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Affairs, two sources with knowledge of the White House selection process have told McClatchy.

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Cuba protests US internet task force

Cuba protests US internet task force
Michael Weissenstein, ABC News
Cuba is protesting the creation of a U.S. task force on increasing internet access on the island — a measure that is part of President Donald Trump’s hardening of U.S. policy on Cuba.

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Raúl Castro’s son can’t be Cuba’s next president. But what about his daughter?

Raúl Castro’s son can’t be Cuba’s next president. But what about his daughter?
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
After months of speculation about who will succeed Cuban leader Raúl Castro, something became clear this week: Castro will not be able to pass the government leadership to his son, Col. Alejandro Castro .

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