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Cuba charges Spaniard Angel Carromero in dissident Oswaldo Paya's death

Cuba has charged a Spanish citizen with the equivalent of vehicular manslaughter in a car accident that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and another government opponent, official media said today.

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Cuba ready so sit down with US, says Raul Castro

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Guantanamo man may keep book profit

The Australian government has dropped its court battle to seize profits from a book written by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, saying that his guilty plea before a US military commission could not be relied upon.

Oswaldo Paya was a long-standing democracy activist

Dead Cuban dissident's car 'was rammed off the road'

The death of a Cuban dissident killed in a car crash on Sunday is at the centre of growing controversy after family members claimed that the vehicle he was travelling in was deliberately forced off the road.

Cuban dissident dies in car crash

Oswaldo Paya, an activist who spent decades speaking out against the Communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro, died on Sunday in a car crash. He was 60.

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