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After Hurricane Irma’s devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As Hurricane Irma approached, a balcony dislodged from the fourth floor of a Central Havana building and fell on a bus, killing two young women, and two brothers died in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States and Cuba held their sixth Bilateral Commission meeting — the first since President Donald Trump has been in office — and it wasn’t exactly cordial. In a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Whoever is responsible for the creepy sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats and their families in Havana wanted one thing: for Americans to leave Cuba. Whether the culprit is the Cuban … Click to Continue » Continue reading
President Donald Trump deserves credit for talking extensively about the repressive regimes of Venezuela and Cuba in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, even if his overall … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba has announced plans to help its citizens recover from Hurricane Irma’s devastating swipe at its north coast and rebuild their homes. Drawing on recovery lessons from recent hurricanes Sandy … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The U.S. State Department warned would-be travelers to Cuba Monday to “carefully consider the risks” in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and to avoid hard-hit northcentral Cuba “until further notice.” … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Aware that the Cuban government sometimes rebuffs hurricane relief from large U.S.-based charities, Cuban Americans and exile organizations are scrambling to come up with ways to help friends and family … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Surrounded by the remains of her home in Isabela de Sagua, a town on the north coast of central Cuba, a little girl tells a state television reporter what she … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The U.S. State Department warned American travelers Wednesday not to visit Cuba during recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma, which left a path of destruction along most of the northern Cuban … Click to Continue » Continue reading

View photos of Hurricane Irma damages in Cuba on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

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In coastal towns and cities from Baracoa in the east to west of Havana, people picked through collapsed and damaged homes trying to salvage what they could. Furniture, appliances and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With 10 people reported dead in Cuba before Hurricane Irma departed the Caribbean, the region focused on recovery Monday and continued the grim task of tallying its losses. But looming … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In Hurricane Irma's relentless 72-hour march across Cuba's north coast from east to west, the storm left 10 people dead, including two women on a Havana bus who were killed … Click to Continue » Continue reading

View photos of Hurricane Irma flooding and damage in Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

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With water up to their waist on Sunday, residents of Central Havana now know they live dangerously close to the famous Malecón seawall in the Cuban capital. It was the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba was hit by Hurricane Irma on Friday and “heavy flooding” was reported on the northwest coast, from Matanzas to Havana, with waves of reaching between 19 and 30 feet, … Click to Continue » Continue reading

View photos of Hurricane Irma in Cuba on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

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Irma is the first Category 5 hurricane since 1932 whose eye made landfall in Cuba, meteorologist José Rubiera said on Cuba television Saturday. Dictator Gerardo Machado was in power and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With waves already pounding over the famous Malecón seawall in Havana, the Cuban government organized a last-minute evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas prone to flooding. The emergency evacuation … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Hurricane Irma battered much of the keys on the northern coast of Cuba as well as central coastal towns, and threatened to hit the capital city of Havana with severe … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Surf surged over the seawall in Baracoa on Cuba’s eastern tip as Hurricane Irma began a side swipe Friday along Cuba’s northern coast, flooding streets and knocking out electricity in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Mimi Whitefield: 305-376-3727, @HeraldMimi A tropical storm warning was in effect Thursday for seven Cuban provinces and a hurricane watch remained in effort from Matanzas in central Cuba all the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Hurricane Irma was about 80 miles from Caba Lucrecia, Cuba, on Friday morning, September 8, with 150mph winds. Forecasters said a Sunday morning landfall in south Florida was likely for the Category 4 storm. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With a hurricane watch in effect from Matanzas in central Cuba east to the province of Guantánamo, the island kicked up its preparations for Hurricane Irma on Wednesday. Cuban forecasters … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm swirled out in the Atlantic, Cuba kept a watchful eye on how near its future track would take it to the island … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Cuban government has blocked internet content deemed critical of the revolution from reaching users on the island for years, but apparently its censorship methods are not that sophisticated, according … Click to Continue » Continue reading
His red-and-white uniform has been washed and ironed, and a blue bandana awaits nearby. Eight-year-old Eddy Alberto is about to start second grade at the Heroes of Yaguajay school in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez’s family, who had to go into exile after the Cuban revolution in 1959, was inadvertently linked to that of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, one of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Although the Cuban government maintains tight control over internet access in Cuba, there is at least one place free of censorship: Google content stored on servers on the island. Google … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As the business of regularly scheduled flights between the United Stated and Cuba undergoes growing pains, JetBlue Airways has set up shop on the island The New York-based airline opened … Click to Continue » Continue reading
JetBlue Airways is setting up shop in Cuba. The New York-based airline opened two ticketing offices for Cuban travelers in Havana Friday, another sign of its growth on the island. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Latin American countries deserve credit for their recent denunciations of what they bluntly refer to as Venezuela’s dictatorship, but I have a hard time understanding why they don’t do the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
All of the streets in Hollywood named after Confederate generals who fought to uphold slavery — and that run through a largely African-American neighborhood — are a disgrace, long past … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Cuban opposition movement will try to register more than 170 independent candidates for the upcoming general election, which begin in October. But they have almost zero chance of winning, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In a new leaked video, Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel says the government will discredit dissidents who plan to run in the upcoming October election. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
If you're a woman who asks for asylum at a U.S. border, you have a much better chance than a man of being freed quickly from an immigration detention center, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
At least one of her assets resembles the woman she tries to emulate. She posts racy photos of her grand derriere to millions of followers on Instagram. She refers to … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s Elián González would have become the “poster boy” for Cubans in Miami had he stayed in the U.S., he told CNN in an exclusive interview. But, both he and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Elián, a documentary about the painful custody battle over whether a Cuban boy should be returned to his father on the island after his mother drowned at sea or remain … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In a videotaped private meeting with Communist Party members, Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel lashed out against Cuban dissidents, independent media and embassies of several European countries, accusing them all of supporting subversive projects. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In a videotaped private meeting with Communist Party members, Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel — often portrayed as a moderate politician with a quiet disposition — took on an all … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Marriott International is still pursuing plans to renovate and manage the historic Hotel Inglaterra on the fringe of Old Havana and is actively looking for other hotel projects throughout Cuba. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Following a private meeting Friday with 17 representatives of the Cuban exile community, the University of Miami announced that it will not establish agreements with Cuban universities or other institutions … Click to Continue » Continue reading