Cuba: Raul Castro laments prisoner's death; U.S. holds talks with Havana
Times staff writer Tracy Wilkinson tracks Cuba news. Among the recent items:-- Cuban President Raul Castro made the rare gesture Wednesday of "lamenting" the death of a political prisoner who succumbed after an 85-day hunger strike, according to international news agencies reporting from Havana. Read the full story.
-- The highest-level meeting of U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana in years was overshadowed Saturday by a flourish of recriminations reminiscent of the Cold War-era tensions that have long polarized the two nations. Read the full story.