Latest Cuba News

Man starts cigar brand to honor Surfside victim grandparents

Jun. 26, 2022 03:19 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Fusco was 16 years old when he got his first cigar — a gift from his grandfather, plucked out of a special tobacco drawer in his grandparents’ Surfside condominium. Fusco, now 23, says that started a tradition of smoking cigars with his grandfather while...

Dissident artist, rapper sentenced to prison in Cuba

Jun. 24, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been sentenced to prison in Cuba, the country's prosecutor's office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was sentenced to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country's institutions and Luis Manuel Otero...

State Dept. to pay 6-figure sums to Havana Syndrome victims

Jun. 23, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is preparing to compensate victims of mysterious brain injuries colloquially known as “Havana Syndrome” with six-figure payments, according to officials and a congressional aide. Current and former State Department staff and their families...

Storm's damages put focus on Cuba's dire housing crisis

Jun. 22, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Olga Lidia Lahera lives with her daughter and two granddaughters in a tiny 15-square-meter (160-square-foot) apartment with peeling plaster walls that has barely enough room for a shelf with pots and a rickety sofa bed. A cloth curtain separates the space they use to wash up. There...

USA Basketball picks roster for July World Cup qualifiers

Jun. 16, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — USA Basketball is taking some veterans into the next window of World Cup qualifying. A roster of 12 players was unveiled Thursday for the next two games, set for July 1 at Puerto Rico and July 4 at Cuba. The Americans are 3-1 so far in qualifying and have already...

Letters sent to García Márquez to be shown in Mexico City

Jun. 15, 2022 22:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — While reviewing the photo archives left by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of his granddaughters came across a mysterious plastic box with the word “grandchildren” written on its label. At first, Emilia García Elizondo was...

Cuba sugar harvest only half of expected; sector in 'crisis'

Jun. 15, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba, once legendary for its sugar cane, produced only about half the sugar it had hoped to this season, and authorities acknowledged that while they will cover internal demand they will not be able to meet their international commitments. “It’s not a secret, the...

Officials: Fraud suspect caught heading to Cuba on Jet Ski

Jun. 14, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

A Cuban man charged in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme is being held as a flight risk after officials said he tried to flee the U.S. on a Jet Ski. A federal judge in Miami ordered Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, of Hialeah, to be detained pending trial Monday, according to court...

Cubans adapt a month after devastating hotel explosion

Jun. 14, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The worshippers pray beneath a torrid sun, taking shelter beneath umbrellas or some of the few trees that border the Amphitheater of Old Havana, just a strip of highway from the channel into the city's harbor. Hundreds of Baptists have been meeting on open-air...

Iraqi held by US at Guantanamo pleads guilty to war crimes

Jun. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Iraqi man who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center for more than 15 years pleaded guilty Monday to war crimes charges for his role in al-Qaida attacks against U.S. and allied forces along with civilians in Afghanistan. The pleas by the...