| Mar 5, 2013
| 2:32 PM
CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 2:59 PM
News about Cuba came at us at a fast and furious pace last week.
Dissident blogger Yoani Sánchez made news three times. The first was when she said five Cuban spies in the United States should be released so the government could use the millions it...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 1:56 PM
One thing to keep in mind about baseball: It's all good.
Big-league baseball. Minor-league baseball. College baseball. Pony League baseball. Even, gasp, international baseball.
While many North American fans dismiss the World Baseball Classic —...
| Mar 7, 2013
Former Venezuelan tank commander and president for the last 14 years, Hugo Chávez Frías is dead. He was never able to recover from a cancer he had been fighting since 2011.
Now, the question for Venezuela and all the countries in the region that...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 1:13 PM
I can't say I followed Hugo Chavez that closely. What I knew of him was that he was a buffoon who delighted in using over-the-top-rhetoric blasting the United States. He had a weekly TV show on Venezuelan TV that lasted from four to eight hours while he...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:46 AM
Hasta la vista, Chavez.
Fidel, what's taking so long?
They were friends and ideological comrades, partners who propped each other up and provocateurs who loved poking a stick at the United States.
And just as Fidel Castro and Chavez bonded like...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:41 AM
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top...
| Mar 26, 2013
Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba
Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and the Padres wasn't held at Dodger Stadium, as scheduled. It took place at Yasiel Puig World.
Disney might try to buy the place and raise ticket prices some more.
Hours before the Cuban overnight...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 6:28 AM
The world seems surprised that an 85-year-old globe-trotting pope who just started tweeting wants to resign, but should it be? Maybe what should be surprising is that more leaders his age do not, considering the toll aging takes on bodies and minds amid a...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 4:01 PM
The standing ovation echoed through Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana as Ron Fraser walked to the first base coach's box. This was 1987. Fraser heard the 60,000 fans, but didn't see Fidel Castro beckoning him. Not at first, anyhow.
Fraser thought the...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Welcome to "Westonzuela," where the arepas are fresh and plentiful, flags of yellow, red and blue fly high, and Spanish-language periodicals like "El Venezolano" can be found at the corner gas station.
In this western suburb on the edge of the...