The worn bars in the cell block are seen at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay, August 11, 2011. Seventy-seven years ago on August 11, 1934, a group of federal prisoners classified as "most dangerous" arrived at the new high-security penitentiary designed …

Russia Sentences Cubans to Prison for Trying to Reach U.S. Through Alaska

A court in far eastern Chukotka, Russia, sentenced two Cuban nationals to a provisional sentence of one year in prison on Wednesday for traveling to Russia with the intent of crossing the Bering Strait into Alaska, hoping to establish themselves in the United States.

Barack Obama, Raul Castro

Obama Plans Visit to Cuba, WH Defends ‘Revolution’

The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama may visit Cuba in 2016–and says it is looking for ways to let the Cuban “revolution” interpret human rights norms in ways that allow it to retain power.

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U.S. Med Students in Cuba Bring Centralized Medicine Push Home

American Lillian Burnett of Oakland, California is four years into a medical school in the communist country of Cuba, where she says she has been taught that physicians have a role in gun violence and police brutality issues.