Charcoal cooking, week-long queues for gasoline: Fuel shortages slam Cuba’s countrysideMay 24, 2023 GMT
MARIEL, Cuba (AP) — Rosa López, a 59-year-old housewife, lit a charcoal stove to boil sweet potatoes and prepare scrambled eggs for her grandchildren. The gas cylinders she normally uses to cook her meals have not been available for almost two months in Mariel, a port town west of Havana.
Florida sued for restricting Chinese citizens, other foreigners from buying propertyMay 23, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group of Chinese citizens living and working in Florida sued the state Monday over a new law that bans Chinese nationals from purchasing property in large swaths of the state.
Today in History: May 7, Germany’s surrenderMay 7, 2023 GMT
Today in History
Today is Sunday, May 7, the 127th day of 2023. There are 238 days left in the year.
Colombian government, rebels resume talks in CubaMay 2, 2023 GMT
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Representatives of Colombia’s government and the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group met in Cuba on Tuesday to restart peace talks aimed at reaching a cease-fire and resolving a conflict dating back to the 1960s.
Cuba fuel shortages prompt rationing, event cancellationsApril 25, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's fuel shortages have increased dramatically with authorities suspending activities, including a concert by the country's national symphony, as well as rationing gasoline sales and moving some universities' classes online.
Russian foreign minister visits Cuba, condemns US sanctionsApril 20, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned U.S. sanctions on Cuba on Thursday as he visited the island and met with top leaders, including newly re-elected President Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Cuba’s parliament ratifies President Díaz-Canel for new termApril 19, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s National Assembly on Wednesday ratified President Miguel Díaz-Canel for a new five-year term, in a decision to maintain continuity as the island faces a deep economic crisis.
More than 400 representatives to the assembly who were ratified by voters in March took office early Wednesday and then convened the chamber to elect the government’s leadership and the president.
Cuba expects to resume US deportation flights this monthApril 14, 2023 GMT
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Cuba plans to resume accepting deportation flights from the United States this month, a Cuban official said, echoing U.S. concerns about the highest levels of Cuban migration in six decades.
Cubans seek solutions and solace in Santería amid crisesApril 10, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — From a two-room concrete home on the fringes of Cuba’s capital, the rumble of wooden drums spills out onto the streets.
Neighbors gather at the door and kids climb a fence to peer inside.
Venezuela opposition envoy urges Biden to ease oil sanctionsApril 4, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — The new representative of Venezuela's opposition in the U.S. is urging the Biden administration to relax crippling oil sanctions on Nicolas Maduro's government or risk seeing the socialist-run country turn into another Cuba with Washington scapegoated for increasing authoritarianism and economic hardships.
Voter abstention rises in Cuban National Assembly electionMarch 28, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government reported Monday that abstention in National Assembly elections was 24.1%, a figure some analysts said reflects discontent with the island's economic crisis as well as a rise in apathy.
Eyes on abstention as Cubans vote for National AssemblyMarch 26, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cubans voted Sunday in National Assembly elections with attention focused on voter turnout amid a deep economic and migratory crisis.
With 470 candidates running for the legislature’s 470 seats, and no opposition challengers, the election's outcome is a foregone conclusion.
Human rights groups criticize Cuba’s new criminal codeMarch 24, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba enacted a new penal code this week that activists and human rights organizations warned Friday could further limit free expression and snuff out protests at a time of deepening discontent on the island.
Cuba holds national elections with no opposition candidatesMarch 24, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba holds National Assembly elections Sunday, but there are only 470 candidates running for the 470 seats, with no opposition challengers and no campaigning. Voters essentially will do no more than endorse the nominated slate of candidates.
US routs Cuba 14-2 to reach World Baseball Classic finalMarch 20, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Trea Turner, Paul Goldschmidt and an unrelenting U.S. lineup kept putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard, a dynamic display of the huge gap between an American team of major leaguers and Cubans struggling on the world stage as top players have left the island nation.
Cuban baseball team draws ire, support in Little HavanaMarch 20, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Vilela fled Cuba for the United States when he was 14 years old after spending six months in a concentration camp. Like many of his compatriots, he settled in Miami's Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana.
Mets’ Díaz hurts knee as Puerto Rico tops Dominicans in WBCMarch 16, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — New York Mets star closer Edwin Díaz injured his right knee celebrating a win Wednesday night that advanced Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and eliminated the Dominican Republic.
Yoenis Céspedes leaves Cuban team for personal reasonsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Former major leaguer Yoenis Céspedes has left the Cuban team at the World Baseball Classic for unspecified personal reasons.
The Cuban Baseball Federation, in a statement from Havana, gave few details about his departure for the United States but said he might rejoin the team if Cuba reaches the semifinals in Miami.
Cubans search for holiday food amid deepening crisisMarch 14, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — As Belkis Fajardo, 69, walks through the dense streets of downtown Havana with a small bag of lettuce and onions in hand, she wonders how she’ll feed her family over the holidays.
Scarcity and economic turmoil are nothing new to Cuba, but Fajardo is among many Cubans to note that this year is different thanks to soaring inflation and deepening shortages.
US to let MLB stars play for Cuba in World Baseball ClassicMarch 10, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — The United States will permit Major League Baseball players from Cuba to represent their home country in the World Baseball Classic next year.
The decision announced Dec. 24 in a news release by the Baseball Federation of Cuba (FCB) could be a big step in once again turning Cuba’s national team into heavy hitters on an international stage.
Cuba tobacco farmers recuperate after ruinous Hurricane IanMarch 9, 2023 GMT
SAN LUIS, Cuba (AP) — A neighbor lent him a house to dry leaves, and he had a little fertilizer saved, so he plucked up the courage to plant. Now, Hirochi Robaina can hardly believe the resulting miracle.
Al-Qaida suspect transferred from US prison to Saudi ArabiaMarch 9, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Wednesday they had returned a suspected al-Qaida operative long held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to his home country, Saudi Arabia.
Florida flight returns to Cuba after birds cause engine fireMarch 6, 2023 GMT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight to Florida from Cuba was forced to turn back Sunday after it struck birds that caused an engine to catch fire and fill the cabin with smoke, the airline said.
Miami faith community strains to help new exiles, migrantsMarch 5, 2023 GMT
HIALEAH, Florida (AP) — A few days after selling all she had to flee Cuba with her three children on a crowded boat, Daneilis Tamayo raised her hand in praise and sang the rousing opening hymn at Sunday worship in this Miami suburb.
Intel agencies: No sign adversaries behind ‘Havana syndrome’March 2, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies cannot link a foreign adversary to any of the incidents associated with so-called “Havana syndrome,” the hundreds of cases of brain injuries and other symptoms reported by American personnel around the world.
2 Pakistanis leave Guantanamo after 20 years without chargesFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials returned two Pakistani brothers to their home country Thursday after holding them two decades without charges at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
Abdul and Mohammed Rabbani were the latest detainees to be released from U.S.
Mexico sets up express lane for Cuban migrants’ relativesFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cubans with relatives already in Mexico will be eligible for new expedited applications for Mexican visas, the country’s Foreign Relations Department announced Wednesday.
Special visa appointments will be held starting in April at the Mexican consulate in Havana, the agency said.
Mexico welcomes Cuban president amid hard timesFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel acknowledged Saturday that the island faces “tremendously difficult challenges,” as he arrived for a visit in Mexico.
The Cuban leader blamed the problems on the “blows of nature” and U.S.
Migrants seeking US sponsors find questionable offers onlineFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
Pedro Yudel Bruzon was looking for someone in the U.S. to support his effort to seek asylum when he landed on a Facebook page filled with posts demanding up to $10,000 for a financial sponsor.
Cuban president to get Mexico’s highest medal for foreignersFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the latest chapter in Mexico’s love-fest with Cuba, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel will be awarded Mexico’s highest medal when he visits the southern Mexico city of Campeche on Saturday.
114 Haitian migrants arrive on rickety boat in Florida KeysFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
TAVERNIER, Fla. (AP) — Some 114 Haitian migrants made landfall in the Florida Keys early Thursday in the latest large group making their way to the state from Haiti and Cuba by water in recent months, the U.S.
Pope seeks release of Cubans arrests during 2021 protestsFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hopes Cuban authorities will release and grant amnesty to people arrested and sentenced after the historic protests that took place in 2021, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, who traveled to the island as the pontiff’s special envoy, said Wednesday.
Cubans respond with zeal to new US migration policyFebruary 5, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — In barely a week, 25-year-old engineer Marcos Marzo went from riding his small electric motorcycle past the low buildings of Havana’s Vedado district to traveling the mega-highways of Florida, amazed by the towering high-rises and giant supermarkets.
US releases Guantanamo prisoner once tortured at CIA sitesFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Thursday they have freed and sent to Central America a onetime al-Qaida money courier who had completed his sentence, ending an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
2 Cuban sisters’ 4,200-mile journey to the US and a new lifeJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — The Rolo González sisters walked out of Nicaragua's main airport and peered out onto a sea of young men.
The Central American “coyotes” squinted back, trying to find the people they would smuggle to the United States.
Cuba picks 5 MLB affiliated players for World ClassicJanuary 26, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cubans signed with Major League Baseball organizations and other foreign clubs will for the first time join domestic stars on the national team that will play in the World Baseball Classic, officials announced Wednesday evening.
Illegal border crossings plunge among Cubans, NicaraguansJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have seen a 97% decline in illegal border crossings by migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela since Mexico began accepting those expelled under a pandemic-era order, the Biden administration said Wednesday.
396 Haitian migrants detained on 50-foot boat near BahamasJanuary 23, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has detained a boat carrying 396 Haitian migrants near the Bahamas in one of the biggest human smuggling incidents in the region, Bahamian officials said.
Body of man missing since Hurriane Ian found on sunken boatJanuary 16, 2023 GMT
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The remains of a man who was reported missing after Hurricane Ian hit Florida's Gulf Coast last year have been recovered from a sunken sailboat, sheriff's officials said.
US delegation is going to Cuba to discuss law enforcementJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Another delegation from the United States will travel to Cuba this month to discuss law enforcement issues, the State Department said Fridaty.
The visit will marks another small step forward in improving an icy relationship between the two countries under the Biden administration.
Western Union resumes limited money transfers to CubaJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Western Union said Wednesday it has resumed remittance services between the U.S. and Cuba in a limited capacity after two years of the essential economic lifeline being severed.
The company stopped the money transfers in 2020 after then President Donald Trump tightened long-standing U.S.
Ex-Pentagon intelligence analyst who spied for Cuba freedJanuary 7, 2023 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former U.S. defense intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Cuba more than 20 years ago has been released from a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ana Belen Montes, 65, was released Friday, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Scott Taylor said Saturday.
Cuban migrants flow into Florida Keys, overwhelm officialsJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — More than 500 Cuban immigrants have come ashore in the Florida Keys since the weekend, the latest in a large and increasing number who are fleeing the communist island and stretching thin U.S.
Facing migration flood, US resumes services at Cuba embassyJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Grappling with the biggest flood of Cuban migrants in decades, the United States reopened their long-closed legal pathway on Wednesday by resuming all visa services at its embassy in Havana.
2 cruise ships rescue more migrants off Florida coastJanuary 3, 2023 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — Crew members aboard two cruise ships rescued around two dozen migrants in small boats, the latest episode of hundreds making or attempting landings in the Florida Keys over the past several days, authorities said.
Wave of migrants in Florida Keys is a crisis, sheriff saysJanuary 3, 2023 GMT
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — At least 500 migrants have arrived in small boats along the Florida Keys over the last several days in what the local sheriff's office described on Monday as a “crisis."
Economic turmoil, food shortages and soaring inflation in Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean is spurring the most recent wave of migration.
Families seek answers on kin missing since fleeing CubaDecember 22, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — A half dozen women went to the Bahamian Embassy on Wednesday hoping to deliver a list of more than 100 Cubans who haven't been heard from since leaving the island this year.
Some are believed to have been lost when rickety boats sank, but families think many of the missing are being detained by Bahamian authorities.
Cuban artists blocked from once-promising NFT trading sitesDecember 20, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — When everything seemed to be going wrong, Cuban multimedia artist Alejandro Pablo García Alarcón found a solution in what some might consider an unusual place: NFTs.
Artists like him have been dealt multiple blows in recent years: The pandemic wreaked havoc on Cuba’s tourism sector, sending art sales plummeting.
Raft with US flag caught in plain view off Havana coastDecember 12, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Onlookers scratched their heads at a peculiar scene just off the coast of Havana on Monday — Cuba's coast guard intercepted nearly a dozen passengers from a scrappy blue handmade raft with an American flag painted along the bow.
Democratic lawmakers visit Havana, meet with Cuban presidentDecember 11, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — A delegation of at least three U.S. lawmakers visited Havana and met with Cuba’s government this week, American and Cuban officials confirmed.
Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Troy Carter (D-LA) met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, leaders in Cuba’s congress and its foreign minister, the U.S.
Boxing powerhouse Cuba lets women boxers competeDecember 5, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Legnis Cala Massó carefully removes her necklace and smiles as her coach slides her bright red boxing gloves over her French tip nails.
The 31-year-old swings her wiry body into the ring and pounds her fellow boxer – also a young woman – with a series of punches, just as she's done countless times before.
Cuba calls migrant boat crash an accident, denies rammingNovember 30, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has denied that its coast guard vessel was to blame for a collision with a migrant-packed boat that led to the deaths of seven people, including a two-year-old girl, saying the migrant boat made an abrupt turn in heavy swells that caused the crash.
Cuba’s informal market finds new space on growing internetNovember 27, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — In the Telegram group chat, the messages roll in like waves.
“I need liquid ibuprofen and acetaminophen, please,” wrote one user. “It’s urgent, it’s for my 10-month-old baby.”
Others offer medicine brought from outside of Cuba, adding, "Write to me in a direct message.” Emoji-speckled lists offer antibiotics, pregnancy tests, vitamins, rash creams and more.
China’s Xi pledges support for Cuba on ‘core interests’November 26, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Cuban counterpart pledged mutual support over their fellow communist states’ “core interests” Friday at a meeting further hailing a return to face-to-face diplomacy by Beijing.
Russia, Cuba leaders meet in Moscow, honor rebel icon CastroNovember 22, 2022 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with his Cuban counterpart in Moscow, where the two unveiled a monument to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and hailed the “traditional friendship” between their sanctions-hit nations.
Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés dies at 79November 22, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Pablo Milanés, the Latin Grammy-winning balladeer who helped found Cuba’s “nueva trova” movement and toured the world as a cultural ambassador for Fidel Castro’s revolution, has died in Spain, where he had been under treatment for blood cancer.
Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanes dies at 79November 22, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Pablo Milanes, the Latin Grammy-winning balladeer who helped found Cuba’s “nueva trova” movement and toured the world as a cultural ambassador for Fidel Castro’s revolution, has died in Spain, where he had been under treatment for blood cancer.
Parents of Cuba protesters blocked from meeting US officialsNovember 17, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — On the day Migdalia Gutiérrez was set to meet with an American delegation in Havana, Cuban state security were waiting outside her home in a white car at 6 a.m. sharp.
Gutiérrez and at least five other parents of participants in Cuba's 2021 protests were temporarily detained and prevented from visiting the delegation Wednesday, according to U.S.
Cuban activists want law to protect women abused at homeNovember 17, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Screams, insults and confinement: that was what Diana endured in the seven years before she ended a relationship with her boyfriend.
Though she knew there were institutions and programs in Cuba that handled cases of violence against women, she didn’t reach out to any of them.
Migration talks mark progress in tense U.S.-Cuba relationsNovember 16, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Following a series of talks on migration with the Biden administration, Cuba said Tuesday that it will receive deportation flights from the United States that had been stalled in the pandemic — and said it was open to continuing dialogue with Washington.