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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...

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...

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...

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...

Electric motorcycles flood Havana amid diesel shortages

Jul. 19, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The young people come and go on their electric motorcycles at this highway outside Cuba’s capital where they perform stunts and talk about their two-wheelers, which would be largely silent if it weren’t for the music blasting from speakers. Cuba has been flooded...

Diesel lacking for Cuba drivers as fuel used for electricity

Jul. 16, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Dany Pérez had spent four days in a line of vehicles waiting to fill his truck with diesel he needs for the 900-kilometers (560-mile) trip from Havana to his home in eastern Cuba. Taxi driver Jhojan Rodríguez had been waiting at another station even longer — it...

'Historic' Cuban official, José Ramón Balaguer, dies at 90

Jul. 16, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — José Ramón Balaguer, a longtime member of Cuba’s communist leadership who as health minister sent thousands of the island’s doctors on missions to win hearts and minds in Venezuela and developing countries around the world, has died at age 90. An official...