The Costa Rican and Mexican governments agreed today to facilitate direct flights for Cuban migrants from the Central American country to Mexico. The flights will cost $790 USD, double the average round trip fare.
Today, a group of UN independent jurists described the situation faced by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – who has resided in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as a refugee since June of 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden – as a case of “arbitrary detention.”
A United Nations panel has officially concluded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” and should be allowed to walk free. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than three years.
Pope Francis returns briefly to Cuba on February 12 for a meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, announced the Vatican on Friday. His last trip to the island was for an official four day visit back in September 2015.
A second group of Cuban migrants, this time comprised of 184 persons, left on Thursday night by air from Costa Rica for El Salvador, from where they will continue en route to the United States, their final destination.
We look at the spread of the Zika virus, which scientists have linked to rising temperatures from global warming because of the increased incidence of mosquito-borne infections. The illness, while generally not life-threatening, has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads.
French President Francois Hollande hosted talks today with Cuba’s Raul Castro in a visit that highlights the rapprochement between the two countries. “We appreciate the leadership of France at the time of the construction of a new stage in relations between the EU and Cuba,” said Castro.
Today marks seven years since President Obama signed an executive order calling for the closure of Guantánamo Bay prison within one year. But Guantánamo remains open, and now Obama only has one year left…
The Zika virus has been raising serious concerns in several Latin American countries over the past few months, not only due to its easy transmission but also because of the irreversible damage it can cause adults and babies whose mothers become infected, dpa news reported.
The operation to transfer thousands of Cuban migrants who are stranded in Costa Rica will resume on February 4, as agreed upon today by representatives of several Central American countries and Mexico meeting in Guatemala.