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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
With frequent disruptions and desk pounding by the Cuban delegation and their supporters, the United States launched a campaign called “Jailed for What?” at the United Nations Tuesday to highlight … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, who this week became the latest world leader to open a Twitter account, had accumulated more than 25,800 followers by Friday afternoon and also spawned a few … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The unexpected resignation Tuesday of Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who placed Latin America at the center of her agenda, raised concerns among supporters over the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba tour operators began to notice a curious thing in the dead of summer this year. Bookings to the island began to increase month over month, following a drastic slump. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Almost 27,000 gallons of oil spilled on Thursday in the bay of Matanzas, Cuba, 20 miles from one of the island's most touristic spots, Varadero. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dear Robert De Niro, I, too, applauded your “F--k Trump” speech at the Tony Awards in June. When all of Radio City Music Hall stood up to give you a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Tired of waiting for the government to repair a pothole, residents of a Havana neighborhood decided to take advantage of the dirt and grow vegetables, which are in short supply … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Bryan Evan Singer, 46, was sentenced last Thursday to 78 months in prison for violating the embargo on Cuba by trying to smuggle hundreds of electronic devices to the island … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Miguel Díaz-Canel met with Cuban-Americans during his U.N. General Assembly trip to New York, where he also played the tumbadora drums and danced. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
On his first trip to the United States wearing the banner as president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel declared at the U.N. General Assembly last week that he was not a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
American Airlines said Tuesday that it plans to begin flying a Miami-Santiago de Cuba route next year, opening up a new market to U.S. air travelers to the island’s second … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The breeze was barely moving and the humidity was unbearable. Outside Terminal 2 of the Cancun International Airport, Juan Ernesto waited for his brother’s arrival on an Aeromexico flight from … Click to Continue » Continue reading
When two American diplomats stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana reported a strange sound in May, Cuban investigators rushed to the diplomatic residence to investigate. So did FBI investigators, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Florida’s master of backroom deals has 30 years of lawmaking experience, but Donald Trump’s propensity for governing with tweets and insults is making Mario Diaz-Balart’s job tougher. The 56-year-old Miami … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Vladimir Bencomo and Joel Cuellar started their businesses in Havana in 2013, taking advantage of a government decision to allow increased private economic activity. In a rented house near the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Vladimir Bencomo and Joel Cuellar started their businesses in Havana in 2013, taking advantage of a government decision to allow increased private economic activity. In a rented house near the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
With the U.S. clinical trial of an innovative lung cancer drug developed in Cuba showing positive preliminary results, Buffalo-based Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Havana’s Center for Molecular Immunology … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Almendrares bakery, a Cuban business, opens a store in Miami. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro addressed a group of sympathizers at the Riverside Church in New York but only after some journalists from U.S. and Spanish news outlets … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Leaders of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, talked to supporters on Wednesday in New York, but Cuban officials denied entry to accredited press from the US and Europe. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Capitalism — not socialism — is to blame for the world’s problems, Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel said Wednesday in an address to the United Nations General Assembly, which was a direct … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s recently appointed President Miguel Díaz-Canel met with technology and other company executives and U.S. Congress members in New York City after his inaugural appearance at the United Nations. At … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s handpicked President Miguel Díaz-Canel began his first appearance at the United Nations lauding “blood ties” between Cuba and Africa at a session dedicated to peace and to pay homage … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Orlando Bustabad is your typical Medicare crook: As the ringleader of a Miami-Dade pharmacy racket, he submitted $10 million in bogus bills to the taxpayer-funded program and pocketed a small … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Bob Schwartz was babysitting his two grandchildren at his New York apartment when the doorman called to tell him his friends Andrew and Olga were there to see him. He … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Bob Schwartz was babysitting his two grandchildren at his New York apartment when the doorman called to tell him his friends Andrew and Olga were there to see him. He … Click to Continue » Continue reading
At a recent Ron DeSantis campaign event at Miami’s Versailles restaurant, a congressional candidate was on hand waving a “Make America Great Again” hat, shouting at conservative Republicans who had … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dr. Mitchell Joseph Valdés Sosa, head of the Neuroscience Center of Cuba explains what Cuba wants Americans to know about the health incidents that took place in Havana last year. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dr. Mitchell Joseph Valdés Sosa, head of the Neuroscience Center of Cuba details why Cuba doesn't think U.S. diplomats who suffered health ailments were attacked last year in Havana. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban scientific investigators visiting Washington to meet with State Department officials, scientists and members of Congress have challenged whether 26 diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana actually suffered brain … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s ambassador to the United States says the ball is now in the U.S. court to present evidence that deliberate attacks caused the mysterious health symptoms reported by American diplomats … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba’s recently appointed President Miguel Díaz-Canel is expected to lead the island’s official delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations, which is scheduled to take place at the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A proposed reform of the Cuban constitution would shape the island’s future for years, but Cubans appear to be more interested in debating gay marriage than a multiparty system. No … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban investigators came together Thursday with U.S. scientists in Washington in an effort to make some headway on what is causing the mysterious ailments that have struck 26 diplomats at … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba is again in the middle of what could be another confrontation between the United States and Russia, after Moscow was identified in a news report as the main suspect … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who in 1999 became the first U.S. governor to visit Cuba since the revolution, is book-ending that trip with a return to the island this … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Three doctors who evaluated U.S. personnel affected by alleged attacks in Cuba believe that they were carried out with a weapon that uses directed energy and is capable of causing … Click to Continue » Continue reading
GOP Candidate Ron DeSantis promotes his gubernatorial campaign and his push in Congress to indict Raul Castro in Little Havana during the Inspire America Foundation Anniversary Gala. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The numbers are stunning. To buy a house in the once-elegant Miramar neighborhood of Havana, the average Cuban must have saved all of his salary since British troops captured the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A two-story, six-bedroom house in the coastal Santa Fe area west of Havana is on sale for $1.5 million. Another, with “capitalist luxury from the 1950s” in the upscale Miramar … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The first lawsuits in a fiery Cuban air crash that killed 112 people have been filed in circuit court in Chicago on behalf of the families of three passengers who … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Internal communication breakdown at the U.S. Department of State delayed the process of evaluating the response that the agency gave to the alleged attacks in Havana against U.S. personnel for … Click to Continue » Continue reading