PANAMA CITY : Cubans Go Home

Eleven of 15 Cuban diplomats accredited in Panama face a Friday deadline to leave the country, expelled because of Havana's refusal to recognize the government of President Guillermo Endara, installed during the U.S. invasion that toppled Gen. Manuel A. Noriega last Dec. 20.

The expulsions underline what analysts describe as the growing isolation in the region of Cuban President Fidel Castro, who supported Noriega.

Cuba's ambassador to Panama City was shown the door last March, and Panamanian Foreign Minister Julio Linares has warned that his country will sever relations with Havana completely unless it ceases its "hostile conduct" toward Endara.

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