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The U.S. Senate ground to a halt last week, and Cuba was the culprit. After months in limbo, Donald Trump's pick to lead NASA finally appeared to have enough support … Click to Continue » Continue reading
While Cuba's National Assembly was applauding a historic transition that brought Miguel Díaz-Canel to power Thursday, Miami exiles were underwhelmed by the changing of the guard, calling it everything from … Click to Continue » Continue reading
It’s comfortable — and politically expedient — for beleaguered President Donald Trump to delegate the shaping of U.S.-Cuba policy to his former campaign foe Sen. Marco Rubio of Miami, as … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel, 57, was chosen by Cuba's National Assembly as the country's new president on Thursday, Abril 19, 2018. Díaz-Canel was the only candidate. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Several Cuban leaders used the title ‘president’ during the first years of the revolution, though the first three served for short times. As prime minister, Fidel Castro was the real … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba's new President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel grew up in the Cuban revolution and it's clear his mission is to make sure it survives. But Díaz-Canel, who officially took office on … Click to Continue » Continue reading
On the eve of the anniversary of Cuban patriot Jose Marti's birth, Raúl Castro, flanked by members of the revolutionary old guard and a much younger man who hadn't even … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba's legislators erupted in applause Wednesday morning as Raul Castro entered the hall in a dark suit, accompanied by Miguel Diaz-Canel, his expected successor. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In 2016, diplomats at the United States Embassy in Havana were mysteriously stricken. Was it an attack? There is no official explanation for it, but it has played a big role in America’s current political disengagement with Cuba. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power met this morning in Havana's Convention Palace to begin a process that is expected to culminate in the retirement of Raúl Castro from the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
U.S. policy toward Cuba could get tougher, just as the island prepares for a historic change in government. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told el Nuevo Herald he expected the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As a journalist and the daughter of Cuban exiles, I have spent a lifetime waiting for the landmark day when six decades of Castro rule ends — and democracy flourishes … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The FBI is closer to find answers about the mysterious attacks that caused health ailments to at least 24 U.S. diplomats, relatives and intelligence agents in Havana, Republican Sen. Marco … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With Raúl Castro’s term as Cuban president set to end Thursday and a generational shift in power expected to take place, U.S.-Cuba relations in some ways seem to have returned … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The secretary general of the Organization of American States urged participating governments at the VIII Summit of the Americas to put more pressure on Cuba and “not allow a convenient … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Amid shouts of "Down with the worms!" and "I am Fidel," an official Cuban delegation interrupted Thursday's final session of a civil society conference taking place alongside the VIII Summit … Click to Continue » Continue reading
It appears that the U.S. Embassy in Havana will become less of a ghost town if Mike Pompeo is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State. In recent weeks, the staff … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Starting a business anywhere in the world is always like “swimming upstream,” says the entrepreneur behind a popular Havana restaurant. But if you’re trying to navigate the private sector in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Former Latin American presidents on Wednesday urged participants in the upcoming VIII Summit of the Americas to reject the new Cuban government scheduled to take power next week. The former … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States condemned the Cuban government Tuesday for blocking opposition and independent activists from traveling to Peru for activities that are part of the VIII Summit of the Americas … Click to Continue » Continue reading
At a time when Cuba faces a significant generational shift in power with Cuban leader Raúl Castro expected to retire from the presidency on April 19, the United States has … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Havana money changer has his regulars: Cubans who want to travel abroad. American visitors. And, increasingly, Cubans who want to buy U.S. greenbacks and hold on to them. “The … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A 40-foot catamaran stolen from the Lower Keys last week turned up in Cuba over the weekend. Hector Cisneros’ boat, Kaisosi, was found in part by a network of sailors … Click to Continue » Continue reading
More flights to Cuba are on the horizon. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively awarded a slew of U.S.-Havana routes to five major airlines from several cities in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With the Cuban government’s persistent jamming of their broadcasts, Radio and TV Martí have used alternative means to deliver content to the island —– including sneaking in the same technology … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In an emotional gathering with staff earlier this week, a teary-eyed Andre Mendes told employees that his last day as head of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which runs … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The body of Yarisleidy Cuba Rodríguez was in a Miami funeral home for nearly 20 days before her husband, who lives in Cuba, decided to cremate her remains. Cuba Rodríguez … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel won a seat in parliament in elections held on the island earlier this month, moving him closer to succeeding Raúl Castro if he retires as … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Independent Cuban movies are fighting to win recognition. At a time when most of the artists on the island have been seduced by the market and many writers maintain a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov, which the Pentagon has been monitoring because it has sailed uncomfortably close to U.S. waters on several occasions, docked at the port of Havana … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Yoelvis Gattorno never expected the bad news he received in Cuba after his daughter Valeria was born in Miami. His wife, Yarisleidy Cuba Rodríguez, died during childbirth March 2 at … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Digicel, which provides wireless networks throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the South Pacific, is dropping its Cuba roaming service for U.S. customers on April 9. The Jamaica-based company was … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A phone call interrupted Maydelin Alfonso Vázquez's monologue in the lobby of the Montecarlo Hotel, about six blocks from the U.S. embassy. Some of the Cubans staying there while they … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cubans in the United States who return to live on the island may be able to recover some of their rights as Cubans, but they risk losing some of their … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba is approaching a generational change in government amid difficult circumstances and a population less interested in politics, according to preliminary returns from Sunday elections on the island that showed … Click to Continue » Continue reading
For Rene, Miami has been a lonely place since his wife died eight years ago. Although the 78-year-old from Guantánamo, Cuba, lives with his daughter and granddaughter, he’s alone most … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dayana Suárez, a Cuban dentist, arrived in Colombia a year ago with the hope of starting a new life here. She defected from the Cuba medical team she was assigned … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Harvard political scientist Jorge Dominguez, one of the most influential academics in Cuban and Latin American studies over several decades, has been suspended amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A team of computer scientists from the University of Michigan may have solved the mystery behind strange sounds heard by American diplomats in Havana, who later suffered a variety of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Accustomed to reading between the lines, Cubans have been speculating about the fate of three “historic” revolutionary leaders — José Ramón Machado Ventura, Ramiro Valdés Menéndez and Guillermo García Frías … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States has decided maintain a reduced staff at its embassy in Havana, the Department of State announced Friday. “The embassy will continue to operate with the minimum personnel … Click to Continue » Continue reading
There are no campaign buttons or rallies and no one will lose when Cuban voters go to the polls March 11 to ratify pre-chosen slates for the National Assembly of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Yojany “Mamerto” Pérez, has long dreadlocks, a nose ring, numerous tattoos and a passion for extreme sport. He hangs off the walls of Havana highrises to paint and fix air … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Havana Skate Days follows Yojany Pérez, a talented skateboarder trying to grow extreme sports in Havana, as he struggle to carve a space for himself in a changing Cuba. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In an unprecedented collaboration between the armed forces of the U.S. and Cuba, the commander of Cuba’s Eastern Frontier Brigade dispatched three firetrucks and a helicopter onto this outpost to … Click to Continue » Continue reading