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Alberto Perez, a 77-year-old retired man, leaves his home in the Sevillano neighborhood with an empty cooking gas tank as he departs for a shop where he will replace it with a full one in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020. The Cuban government is warning citizens to prepare for shortages of cooking gas due to Trump administration sanctions on the island.  (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuba warns citizens to prepare for cooking-gas shortages

Jan. 14, 2020 2:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is warning citizens to prepare for shortages of cooking gas due to Trump administration sanctions on the island. State media announced Tuesday morning that cylinders of liquid petroleum gas would be scarce for Cubans who buy state-subsidized gas at about 30 cents per...

US bans charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana

Jan. 10, 2020 3:24 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is banning charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana in a new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island. In October, the administration banned commercial flights to cities outside the capital. The State Department said in a press release Friday that charter...

The 2019 Christmas card of Britain's Prince Charles and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall is displayed on a Christmas tree in Clarence House, London. Britain’s Prince Charles has chosen an Associated Press photo taken on his historic trip to Cuba for his Christmas card. The image by AP’s Ramon Espinosa shows the heir to the British throne behind the wheel of a classic car in Havana alongside his wife Camilla. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)

Nice car! Prince Charles uses AP Cuba pic for Christmas card

Dec. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles has chosen an Associated Press photo taken on his historic trip to Cuba for his Christmas card. The image by AP’s Ramon Espinosa shows the heir to the British throne behind the wheel of a classic car in Havana alongside his wife Camilla. American cars...

Cuba blasts US over end of medical missions in some nations

Dec. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government accused the Trump administration on Wednesday of orchestrating the end of the island's medical missions to several Latin American countries in order to cut one of the country's main revenue sources. Thousands of Cuban medical personnel have been withdrawn from...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, a man watches President Donald J. Trump's inauguration speech on television, as he sits under photographs of Cuba's President Raul Castro, top right, Fidel Castro, top center, and Camilo Cienfuegos, in Havana, Cuba. Trump has spent roughly as much time undoing detente as former President Barack Obama spent constructing it, and relations between the two countries are at one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

5 years after detente with US, Cubans say hope has dwindled

Dec. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — At midday on Dec. 17, 2014, the sound of church bells echoed in Havana as presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations and end nearly 60 decades of hostility. Five years later, it feels almost as if that...

Members of the national ballet of Cuba stretch while they watch a practice directed by Viengsay Valdes in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Valdes, the new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet, says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Viengsay...

People take pictures of the fireworks at the Capitol during a gala as part of the celebration of the 500 years of the city in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Havana celebrates its 500th anniversary, a milestone event that has sparked reflection in the country, as it faces increasingly tense relations with the U.S. and serious economic challenges. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

Dec. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 million mark in 2019, but U.S. sanctions and...

In this Nov. 27, 2019 photo, an anti-government demonstrator, her face painted with the colors of the Colombian national flag, takes part in a protest, in Bogota, Colombia. Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Nov. 29, 2019 12:03 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. In the region’s latest civil unrest, demonstrators took to Colombia’s streets again to voice displeasure with the administration...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019  file photo, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in New York. The foreign minister sent a tweet Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, saying unspecified “illegal actions” by the U.S. Embassy in Havana are “interference in the country’s internal affairs” and violate both the international codes of conduct for diplomats and the agreement to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana in 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Cuba accuses US of violating Vienna Conventions

Nov. 26, 2019 11:42 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Vienna Convention and the deal re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Soon after, the United States announced a new sanction on Cuba meant to cut off the island’s supply of...

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Cuba fashion show is small step for private enterprise

Nov. 23, 2019 11:11 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Thousands of young Cubans packed a Havana arena to witness a small step forward in the tumultuous relationship between one of the world’s last communist states and its small but vibrant private sector. The four-year-old fashion label Clandestina on Friday night debuted a new...