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Cuba’s efforts to attract foreign investment to boost its ailing economy were limping along even before the Trump administration raised the possibility that it might allow lawsuits in U.S. courts … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Cuban government didn't allow a cruise ship from the Port of Palm Beach to dock in Havana. The unusual voyage was billed as a reunion cruise that would allow Cuban residents to come aboard and visit, eat and drink with their Cuban-American relati … Click to Continue » Continue reading
When Sulema Cabrera heard about a special Valentine’s Day cruise to Cuba from the Port of Palm Beach that was billed as an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, she … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Four years after the first Cuban migration crisis in Central America, about 600 Cubans and another 120 migrants from Haiti and Africa are again in Panama as part of a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A "freedom caravan" of about 600 Cubans and about 120 other migrants is in Panama in hopes of reaching the United States and ask for asylum. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Colombian human smugglers Carlos Ibarguen Palacios and Jhoan Carreazo Asprilla, now in their 20s, each will be at least 65 before they walk out of federal prison. That would be … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A new survey of Cuba tour operators and other travel providers shows the majority expect U.S. travel to the island to increase in 2019 despite ongoing confusion about the legality … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As Cuba prepares for an upcoming final vote on proposed changes to the Constitution, state security agents have cracked down on activists by carrying out multiple arrests and raiding the … Click to Continue » Continue reading
This Florida Keys-inspired honeymoon ended in prison time. A federal judge Monday sentenced a Keys couple to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing a 40-foot catamaran sailboat they took … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Elizabeth Estrada returned home from her first trip to Cuba on a Thursday and the following Sunday night a devastating tornado struck the same Havana neighborhoods she had been visiting … Click to Continue » Continue reading
More than 2,000 Cuban doctors in Brazil who defied Havana orders to go home have asked Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez for help after the Brazilian government announced it … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Two weeks after Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela, the Cuban government has given no sign of diminishing its support for the Nicolás Maduro regime. Havana’s bet on … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A Cuban citizen living in Miami is facing a federal charge after agents say he lied on his application to become a permanent U.S. resident. Saul Santos Ferro, 73, faced … Click to Continue » Continue reading
While Freedom House singled out Venezuela and Nicaragua as brewing trouble spots in the Americas in its annual assessment of fundamental freedoms, it also took aim at the erosion of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
While Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaidó and the international community’s issued public demands to allow the entry of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, sent 100 tons of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A rare meteorite shower struck Cuba on Feb. 2, 2019, startling residents and tourists with a loud boom. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A meteorite that eventually landed in Cuba Friday afternoon was spotted flying over the Florida Keys, according to the National Weather Service in Key West. The reports began coming in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Trump administration officials have been trying to build a case that one reason Venezuelan military support for President Nicolás Maduro hasn’t crumbled is the undue influence of Cuban military advisers … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In Cuba, the Sweet Lizzy Project was an anomaly: a rock ‘n’ roll band that sang in English. With the help of Miami-born Raúl Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks, the band made the transition from Havana to Nashville. They’ll appear Saturday in Miami. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A little over a year ago, a Cuban band that loved to sing rock ‘n’ roll — in English — was pounding out covers of classic American rock songs at … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The government of Canada announced on Wednesday that it will pull back half of its embassy staff in Havana after confirming that another Canadian diplomat is suffering from “unusual health … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A severe tornado hit Havana, Cuba, on Jan. 27 and left three people dead and 172 injured. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The death toll has climbed to four for the strongest tornado to hit Cuba since 1940. Nearly 200 people suffered injuries. During its 16-minute rampage through eastern Havana neighborhoods it … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A rare and powerful tornado tore through the eastern end of Havana during the night Sunday, leaving at least three dead, 172 people injured, and severe damage to homes and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A rare and powerful tornado tore through the eastern end of Havana during the night Sunday, leaving at least three dead, 172 people injured, and severe damage to homes and … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba's capital, Havana, was battered late January 27 by a tornado that President Miguel Diaz-Canel said killed three people and injured 174 others. Cubavision showed Diaz-Canel with rescue workers beside an overturned vehicle. (In Spanish) … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Trump administration is considering returning Cuba to the list of countries that sponsor terrorism if its government and military continue to support Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, a source with … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Marco Rubio’s efforts to increase international pressure on Nicolás Maduro’s regime, and to push the Trump administration to take a tough stance on Venezuela, has paid off big. President Donald … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As South Florida lawmakers praised President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Venezuela’s opposition leader as the country’s de facto president, some are urging the administration to go further. “I went … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Air travel to Cuba is in flux with some U.S. carriers dropping out of competition for routes and others hoping to win approval for additional flights to the island. But … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Air travel to Cuba is in flux with some U.S. carriers dropping out of competition for routes and others hoping to win approval for additional flights to the island. But … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Just as day fades to night the blazing green neon sign of La Pelota, a 24-hour cafeteria, flashes on to beckon passersby inside for a cup of coffee, and at … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The White House took a step closer to allowing thousands of Cuban Americans to sue foreign companies and others who now control real estate on the island that was seized … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Herman Portocarero, a former diplomat in Cuba, refers to the seaside Malecón, the wall and promenade that run along Havana’s coastline facing north toward the United States, as “the last … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Among Cuban Americans in Miami, support for U.S. embargo on Cuba has gain support, a Florida International University poll finds. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Trump administration policies on Cuba seem to have found a receptive audience among Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade, with an increase in support for the U.S. embargo, according to a new … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Cuban government will impose a new tax on Cuban baseball players who sign Major League contracts, but the tax rate will be much less than such athletes will pay … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Julio González Rebull, one of the most notable members of Brigade 2506, died Monday at his home in Miami after a brief battle with cancer. He was 82. Remembered as … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died on Sunday, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba could have a new government soon that would weaken the position of president if the new draft of the island’s Constitution recently approved by the National Assembly is ratified … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Now that Cubans can get on the internet with their mobile phones, it was inevitable that they’d begin playing around and testing their phones’ capabilities. For those lucky enough to … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The photos, published months ago, have sparked controversy on social media after they were published by various South Florida media outlets. The Miami Herald obtained the images from one of Tony Castro’s Instagram followers. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Vacations on the Maya Riviera. A visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Family in Barcelona. A BMW. Expensive meals and a tour aboard a yacht. Those are some of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Almost two dozen men from Cuba washed ashore in the Middle Florida Keys by boat early Thursday morning. The migrants all appeared to be healthy and uninjured, said Adam Linhardt, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Trump administration is expected to take steps to block a historic agreement that would allow Cuban baseball players from joining Major League Baseball in the United States without having … Click to Continue » Continue reading