Man accused of killing his child’s mother, fleeing to Cuba

U.S. 06/03/19, 17:04

An attorney is going to trial on charges that he shot and killed the mother of his child at her home in an upscale New Jersey suburb, then fled to Cuba and was caught by customs authorities in Havana who had received an Interpol alert about him.More than seven months ...

Trump to allow suits over US properties seized in Cuba

America 04/16/19, 16:38

Stepping up pressure on Cuba, the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against foreign companies doing business in properties seized from Americans after the island's 1959 revolution, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The move marks a change in more than two decades of U.S. policy on Cuba. President Donald Trump has been ...

In possible first, Cuba allows march by animal activists

America 04/06/19, 23:49

On Sunday morning a group of animal-lovers will march a mile down one of Havana's main thoroughfares waving placards calling for an end to animal cruelty in Cuba.Short, seemingly simple, the march will write a small but significant line in the history of modern Cuba. The socialist government is explicitly ...

Royal couple visit UK-linked sites on second day in Cuba

Europe 03/26/19, 16:30

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla briefly drove a classic British car, visited a statue of John Lennon and cut the ribbon on a British renewable energy project Tuesday, the royal couple's second full day visiting Cuba.They began their public schedule with a short drive in a 1953 MG alongside ...

Prince Charles and Camilla launch first royal visit to Cuba

U.S. 03/24/19, 12:58

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla begin the first official trip to Cuba by the British royal family on Sunday, in a pomp-filled display of disagreement with the Trump administration's strategy of economically isolating the communist island. The heir to the British throne is expected to land in Havana around 5 ...

Trump tightens trade embargo on Cuba over aid to Venezuela

Business 03/04/19, 11:57

The Trump administration announced Monday, March 4, that it is tightening the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against Cuban companies that use properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution. The announcement limits lawsuits to a list of about 200 Cuban businesses and government agencies that are already subject to ...

Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to Cuba

America 02/22/19, 00:01

After a tornado slammed Havana in late January, Mijail Ramirez complained on Twitter that authorities were threatening to evict him from his damaged home. A week later he said the government had changed its mind and would help him rebuild the house.Jorge Luis Leon used the official Twitter account of ...

After tornado, Cuban state loses monopoly on disaster aid

Business 02/07/19, 13:27

Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone service and starting repairs to decimated homes.There's also a far rarer sight: Hundreds of young people in designer T-shirts and jeans hauling black plastic bags full of clothes, food ...

Canada cutting Canadian staff at Cuba embassy in half

Health 01/30/19, 14:29

Canada announced Wednesday it is removing up to half of the Canadians at its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat was found to have fallen mysteriously ill.Canada has confirmed 14 cases of mysterious health problems since early 2017. Twenty-six American embassy workers in Cuba have also been affected, suffering a ...

Update: Cook: Havana tornado absolutely “frightening”

America 01/28/19, 09:12

The Latest on Cuba's deadly weather (all times local):8 a.m.Leanys Calvo, a restaurant cook in Havana's 10th of October borough, says she was working Sunday night despite heavy rain and wind when she heard a rumbling noise outside and looked out to see what appeared to be a tornado touching ...

Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders

America 01/19/19, 00:03

Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota.President Ivan Duque said late Friday that he had revoked a decree ...

Photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

America 12/30/18, 16:02

Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the daily joys and tribulations of life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly while on assignment on Saturday afternoon in Havana. He was 54. Boylan was covering preparations for New Year's ...

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

America 12/18/18, 19:34

Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the ...

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

Business 12/12/18, 13:17

Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression.The partial rollbacks announced last week may provide important clues to the governing style of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the first person from outside the Castro ...

Cubans fly around the world hunting shopping bargains

America 12/11/18, 00:00

Most people don't think of Haiti as a shopping destination. Unless they're Cuban.Every afternoon, hundreds of Cubans swarm a rutted crossroads in the capital of the hemisphere's poorest nation, hunting clothes, light bulbs, perfume and other goods that are in short supply back home.Haitian vendors blast Cuban reggaeton music to ...

Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil

America 11/23/18, 12:48

A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil have returned to Havana as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to areas including the Amazon rainforest.Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center, speaks to Cuban doctors upon their return to Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. ...

Fashion show blends Cuban private enterprise, US sponsorship

Tech 11/16/18, 13:04

Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship.The open-air fashion show put on by the Cuban label Clandestina and internet giant Google was titled "Country Under Construction" and took place outside Havana's Museum ...

Cuban constitutional reform spawns unusual public debate

World 10/11/18, 00:14

In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba's constitution has spawned a highly unusual debate on the island's political system and values.At a half-dozen public forums attended by Associated Press journalists this month, Cubans repeatedly called for direct election ...

Rockers Blondie to play Cuba on four-day cultural exchange

Entertainment 09/24/18, 11:58

Blondie will be playing two nights in Cuba next March as part of a four-day cultural exchange program, and fans can come along.The iconic rock group announced Monday that they will play two concerts during their March 14-18 visit in Havana, which will also feature Cuban musicians Alain Perez, David ...

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