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2006-07-20 10:01:39

MIAMI (Reuters) - Twenty-eight Cuban migrants detained on a speedboat after the U.S. Coast Guard fired at its engines this month were allowed onto U.S. soil on Thursday, making it unlikely they would be deported to Cuba. The U.S. federal prosecutor in Miami said the Cubans were taken to shore because the authorities decided that was the best way they could contribute to the prosecution of three men accused of trying to smuggle them into the United States. The decision reflected the...

2006-07-08 16:12:54

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban migrant died on Saturday from possible head injuries after the U.S. Coast Guard chased a speedboat suspected of smuggling 31 people into the United States and fired into its engines to stop the vessel, U.S. officials said. The Coast Guard said the death of a woman on the boat was not as a result of the shooting, which occurred after a high-speed chase about dawn that began 39 miles south of Key West and ended 4 miles south of Boca Chica in Florida. Two...

2006-04-25 14:47:56

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States will introduce sweeping changes in the way Cubans apply for visitors' visas to end long delays and corruption in the process, the top U.S. consular official on the Caribbean island said on Tuesday. "Currently, our visitor visa applicants have to go through a torturous process of trying to call in to set up an appointment. It is very difficult to get a line, and so our clients have been paying anywhere from $20 to $100 on the street...

2006-04-12 17:57:46

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban prosecutors asked for 25-year jail sentences for three Mexican fishermen charged with smuggling people out of Cuba by boat to Mexico, diplomatic sources said. The harsh sentences were sought by the island's Communist authorities as they move to crack down on the increasing number of smugglers ferrying Cuban migrants to Mexico, where they try to cross into the United States. The Mexicans, who were arrested on a boat stranded off Cuba in May...

2006-04-06 19:21:08

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's coast guard shot and killed one of three suspected people smugglers aboard a U.S.-registered speedboat as it approached the island to pick up a group of Cubans, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials confirmed a report in Cuba's state-run Granma newspaper that the two surviving migrant smugglers, one of whom was wounded, are American citizens, but did not comment on the dead man's nationality. State Department spokesman Sean...

2006-04-06 09:52:38

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban coast guards opened fire on smugglers in a U.S.-registered speedboat, killing one smuggler and arresting 39 people who were waiting to slip out of the country, Granma newspaper said on Thursday. Two smugglers also were wounded when they refused to stop their 40-foot launch and came under fire from a Cuban coast guard patrol boat. The smuggler's boat, which is owned by a Cuban-American based in Florida, was intercepted on Wednesday morning off the south coast...

2006-03-02 13:30:19

By Esteban Israel SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, Cuba (Reuters) - Cubans who made the dangerous crossing to Florida only to land on an abandoned bridge and be sent home in a controversial decision, are now dreaming of America, a new car and the freedom they say awaits them in Miami. "My mind is already over there in those skyscrapers. I just want to work, have a house and a brand new car," said Emiliano Batista, a 22-year-old waiter who has tried crossing the Florida Straits 18 times. In...

2006-02-28 20:22:09

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - The United States should not have returned 15 Cubans to their homeland after they landed on an abandoned Florida bridge, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday, and ordered the government to try to bring them back. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno ruled that the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to send the migrants back to communist-ruled Cuba was unreasonable. He ordered the government to make its best effort to transport them to the United States for...

2006-01-12 17:57:01

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge agreed on Thursday to review Washington's decision to send 15 migrants back to Cuba because the decrepit Florida Keys bridge they landed on was not connected to the mainland. The ruling, which sparked protests from the politically powerful Cuban-American community, deemed the Cubans had not touched U.S. soil because the old bridge, which is missing several sections, is no longer attached to land. The legal challenge to the ruling, launched...

2005-12-30 15:48:40

MIAMI (Reuters) - Eighty-seven Cuban migrants reached Florida's coast on Friday, including a group of 28 who waded ashore in a Miami Beach waterfront park. Federal officials said most of the migrants appeared to have been brought to the United States by smugglers who carry Cubans in fast boats across the 100 miles of open water that separates the communist-ruled island from Florida. The arrivals capped a year in which unusually high numbers of Cubans and Dominicans left their...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.