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Colombia and ELN rebels begin moving to restart peace talks

Aug. 12, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's new government and members of the nation's last guerrilla group took steps Friday toward restarting peace talks that were suspended three years ago in Cuba. After a meeting between representatives of both sides in Havana, Colombia's national peace...

2nd firefighter dies as Cuba controls big oil facility fire

Aug. 11, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Officials said Thursday that a second firefighter has died in Cuba, where crews have controlled a massive blaze that began last week at a key oil storage facility amid a deepening energy crisis. The 24-year-old firefighter identified as Elier Correa had been...

Firefighters subdue deadly blaze at key oil facility in Cuba

Aug. 10, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that consumed at least half of a large oil storage facility in western Cuba and threatened to bring more power failures to the island’s already fragile electricity system was largely controlled Wednesday after nearly five days, authorities said. Flames...

Trump-backed Levy wins GOP Senate primary in Connecticut

Aug. 10, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leora Levy, a first-time political candidate who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump, won the Connecticut Republican primary for U.S. Senate in an upset Tuesday that could signal a shift for the state GOP after years of backing moderates. ...

Raging fire consumes 4th tank at Cuba oil storage facility

Aug. 09, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Flames engulfed a fourth tank at an oil storage facility in western Cuba on Tuesday as the raging fire consumes critical fuel supplies on an island grappling with a growing energy crisis. Firefighters and specialists from Mexico and Venezuela helped fight the blaze in...

Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba's frail electric system

Aug. 08, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread on Monday, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Flames around dawn enveloped a third tank that...

Pope encourages Cuban search crews after Matanzas blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is offering support to firefighters and search crews in Cuba following the fire and explosions at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. In a telegram Monday to Cuban bishops, Francis said he was closely following news of the...

Firefighters battle big blaze at Cuba tank farm for 2nd day

Aug. 07, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban firefighters were joined by special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela on Sunday as they battled for a second day to control a fire blazing at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. The blaze began Friday night when lightning struck a storage...

17 missing, 121 hurt, 1 dead in fire at Cuban oil facility

Aug. 06, 2022 22:53 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged uncontrolled in the Cuban city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said a unidentified body had been found late Saturday. ...

Cuba says 141 Haitian migrants stranded on south coast

Jul. 30, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A group of 141 Haitian migrants have been stranded on Cuba’s southern coast, Cuban authorities said Saturday, part of a series of large-scale efforts by Haitians to flee their troubled nation. The official Cubadebate website said the group that arrived at La Tatagua...