Latest Caribbean News

Migrants thrust by US officials into the arms of the cartels

Nov. 17, 2019 2:16 AM EST

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from...

Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente’s widow, has died

Nov. 16, 2019 10:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente and a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball, has died. She was 78. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced her death Saturday. She died in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB says Vera Clemente had health issues...

Crowd honors tree as Havana celebrates 500th anniversary

Nov. 16, 2019 5:11 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of people in Cuba’s capital stood in line to kiss, touch or walk around a towering silk floss tree Saturday in a nod to tradition as they celebrate Havana’s 500th anniversary this weekend. The event comes as Cuba deals with an ailing economy and increasingly tense...

Dest makes quick impact as US rebounds to beat Canada 4-1

Nov. 15, 2019 11:36 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sergiño Dest needed just a couple minutes to his show why his talent was coveted on both sides of the Atlantic. Dest set up a goal in the second minute of his American competitive debut, Gyasi Zardes scored twice and the United States overwhelmed Canada in the first half of a 4-1...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Cuba medical program becomes source of controversy

Nov. 15, 2019 5:44 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A much-lauded overseas medical program has become the focus of accusations that it serves as cover for fomenting protests against governments opposed by Cuba. Cuba said Friday that it’s pulling 700 members of its medical mission to Bolivia after the arrest of four members of the...

Report: Hurricane Dorian inflicted $3.4B losses on Bahamas

Nov. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian inflicted losses of about $3.4 billion on the Bahamas, an amount equal to one-quarter of the Caribbean archipelago’s GDP, according to a report released Friday. The report by the Inter-American Development Bank also said there were 67 confirmed deaths...

Cuba grants unprecedented access to presidential tour

Nov. 15, 2019 12:25 PM EST

GUANTANAMO, Cuba (AP) — President Miguel Díaz-Canel began the day in a small town overlooking the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay. He decried the U.S. trade embargo, then inspected a series of state-run enterprises alongside members of his Cabinet. By mid-afternoon, he and his ministers held an...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Nov. 15, 2019 12:11 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. Bolivia’s political crisis came to a head after President Evo Morales resigned and was granted political asylum in Mexico, while Bolivian...

In Cuba, Spanish king calls for political diversity

Nov. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI has called for political diversity and freedom of expression during an official visit to Cuba. The king, who was ending his trip on Thursday, said he hopes Cuba turns to a multi-party political model that guarantees media rights. At a Wednesday dinner with Cuban...