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Tourists enjoy cigars, mojitos and live music at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba has seen an increase in tourism from Americans and Europeans this year. See an interactive on Americans in Cuba online at tbtim.es/it2.Associated Press

Cuba sees 36 percent increase in visits by Americans since thaw

HAVANA The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism. The dramatic rise was seen in the number of American …

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  1. Rural Japan rebrands as the urban alternative

    World

    KAMIYAMA, Japan — At first glance, Kamiyama looks like any other rural town in Japan: shuttered stores on the main street, a gas station unencumbered by customers, hunched-over old ladies tending rice fields.

  2. Veiled women feel unwanted gaze in France

    World

    WISSOUS, France — Malek Layouni was not thinking about her Muslim faith, or her head scarf, as she took her excited 9-year-old son to an amusement site near Paris. But, as it turned out, it was all that mattered.

  3. Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti

    World

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it.

    Joseph Marc Carel, a motorcycle taxi driver, takes a passenger to downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday. Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it. [Associated Press]
  4. Cuba sees 36 percent increase in visits by Americans since thaw

    Tourism

    HAVANA

    The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

    Tourists enjoy cigars, mojitos and live music at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba has seen an increase in tourism from Americans and Europeans this year. See an interactive on Americans in Cuba online at tbtim.es/it2.
  5. Iraq launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar province

    World

    BAGHDAD — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province and retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.

    In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo, Shiite militiamen arrive to Khalidiya to support Sunni tribal fighters and local policemen as they defend their city against Islamic State group militants, 60 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. [Associated Press]