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For Cubans in Miami making the trip back home for the holidays, flying to the island nation can be complicated: The high cost of obtaining or renewing their Cuban passport, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The departure of Miami lawmakers Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo leaves Congress with two fewer experts on Latin America foreign policy. But the remaining Cuban Americans will still carry clout … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Miami doctors who first treated U.S. diplomats in Havana affected by a mysterious ailment after exposure to an unknown energy source have found a “triad” of neurological, cognitive and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wasn’t sure what to do. The first Latina in Congress was scheduled to give a speech in front of a prominent Washington think-tank in less than 10 hours, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A new law — reviled by many Cuban artists as another layer of censorship and control over artistic expression but promoted by the government as a defense against vulgarity, poor … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As Cuba rolled out 3G service for mobile phones Thursday, Elian González, who as a boy was caught up in a bitter custody battle between his father in Cuba and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Shortly after dawn a crowd begins assembling in a small park across the street from the Panamanian Embassy. By the time a police officer arrives to start organizing lines — … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As his partner works on a customer’s fade haircut, barber Ahmed Raul Pérez pauses to discuss his apprehensions about the new rules for Cuba’s private sector that go into effect … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A Keys couple who quit their jobs to sail to Cuba have pleaded guilty to stealing the sailboat they used. Aaron Burmeister, 46, and Ashley McNeil, 32, of Big Pine … Click to Continue » Continue reading
If you’re planning to spend Christmas in Cuba, take plenty of insect repellent with you and stay away from areas where the mosquito Aedes Aegypti may be found. A deadly … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Over a three-month span more than 7 million Cubans gathered at nearly 112,000 meetings at workplaces, schools and community centers across the island to comment on a 224-article draft of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban doctors who abandoned the Mais Medicos program in Brazil sued the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for allegedly benefiting from what they deem as a forced labor scheme. The … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Spanish singer Pastora Soler has suspended her Dec. 1 concert in Miami because of photos showing her dining on lobster in Havana with the daughter of former Cuban ruler Raul … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Six Jamaicans were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard about 76 miles southwest of Tortuga, Haiti after their boat went adrift, officials said. Coast Guard crew members noticed a handheld … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Irene, a young Spanish woman eager to experience Cuba’s reality, goes to Havana but leaves disillusioned by the true face of the Castro dictatorship. Irene dreamed of the paradise projected … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A boat with 27 Cubans trying to reach the United States was intercepted about 29 miles north of Cuba, the U.S. Coast Guard said. After an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane … Click to Continue » Continue reading
President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton will meet next week with Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to discuss a regional strategy in confronting Cuba and Venezuela. The White House … Click to Continue » Continue reading
After a visit to Russia and several Asian countries, Cuban ruler Miguel Diaz-Canel has returned home without the immediate economic aid required by the island’s stagnant economy. Even so, the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel visited Russia and several Asian countries. In North Korea, he got a very warm welcome. He toured Pyongyang with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and attended a military parade and a dance, gymnastics and karate show. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s decision to call home more than 8,300 medical personnel working in Brazil will deal a blow to the island’s already shaky economy, experts say. Havana announced the recall after … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A small boat overloaded with Cuban migrants was stopped Saturday by the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, the Coast Guard said, and the cutter William Trump took 36 of the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Cuban American vote may have played an important role in the Florida gubernatorial election, which appears headed for a recount, according to a review of the vote in predominantly … Click to Continue » Continue reading
On Ninonska Pérez’s two-hour Spanish language program on Radio Mambi, callers couldn’t stop talking about the midterm elections. Topic Numero Uno: The defeat of two Cuban-American candidates, one a political … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A 55-year-old New Jersey lawyer wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his girlfriend has been extradited from Cuba, where he apparently fled 10 days ago. James Ray III, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The boat Surf Into Summer left Cuba for Florida with Delray Beach resident Lewis Bennett, his wife of three months Isabella Hellman and stolen coins. By the next dawn, Hellman … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dozens of Cubans heading for the U.S.-Mexico border say they are afraid that the caravan of Central American immigrants could block their own entry into the United States. “We’re fleeing … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Ambassador John Bolton was asked by Univision anchor, Ambrosio Hernandez, about reporting by McClatchy that the White House is considering allowing Cuban Americans to sue for island properties left behind. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
White House national security adviser John Bolton says the Trump administration will seek retribution for the alleged attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana. During an exclusive interview with el Nuevo … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The National Security Advisor of the United States, John Bolton talks el Nuevo Herald's Nora Gámez Torres on Latin American policy at the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower on November 1, 2018. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The White House will no longer appease “dictators and despots” in Latin America, National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a Miami speech that welcomed new right-leaning leaders and put … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a UN meeting spotlighting country's political prisoners, banging on tables and shouting in Spanish "Cuba Yes, US Blockade No!" It was impossible to hear US Deputy Ambassador Kelley Currie and other officials. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As it has every year since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution Thursday that calls for lifting the U.S. embargo against Cuba — … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A report that led to the suspension of two Radio and TV Martí staffers has again shined a spotlight on the controversial U.S. government-funded media outlet with a mission to … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The White House is considering taking steps to allow thousands of Cuban Americans to sue in U.S. courts foreign companies and others who now control real estate on the island … Click to Continue » Continue reading
There was a buzz in the air during the 33rd edition of the Havana International Fair, Cuba’s week-long commercial extravaganza. It was 2015, the year the United States and Cuba … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Virgin Voyages announced Wednesday in Havana that the first destination for Richard Branson’s new cruise line will be Cuba. The 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady, an adults-only cruise ship, will make its … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Russian government has granted Cuba a $50 million loan to buy Russian military equipment, just days before Cuba’s handpicked President Miguel Díaz-Canel is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The growth of Cuba’s private sector may be one of the keys to rescuing the island’s sluggish economy, but tight government controls are funneling millions of dollars to other countries. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In the two years since Cuban-born Ivan Zamora became a United States citizen, he smuggled women from Cuba, then became their loan shark, pimp, batterer and rapist — crimes so … Click to Continue » Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has taken Cuba to task, calling the Cuban delegation’s efforts to disrupt an event the United States organized at the United Nations to call … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Since the Cuban government introduced reforms five years ago that broaden the ability for Cubans living abroad to seek permanent residency on the island, more than 40,000 Cuban nationals from … Click to Continue » Continue reading
There are no borders that separate the water, reefs and marine life off the coasts of Cuba and Florida, and that’s why scientists in both countries say they need to … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The White House plan to turn up the pressure on Cuba for its role in what a senior administration official on Wednesday said was its efforts to subvert democracy in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
During her videotaped interview with the Miami Herald’s Editorial Board, in which members of the newsroom like me participated, I asked Republican congressional candidate Maria Elvira Salazar about her position … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With visa-issuing operations at the U.S. Embassy in Havana at a virtual standstill, the United States is expected to fall far short of the minimum of 20,000 annual immigrant visas … Click to Continue » Continue reading