Latest Havana News

Havana reopens its beaches, citing high vaccination rate

Sep. 30, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Beaches and recreation centers reopened in Cuba's capital Thursday after authorities announced it was time to resume outdoor activities, including strolling on the Malecon coastal promenade that has long been a gathering place for Havana. Officials said...

In Cuban Miami, police chief's reform agenda hits tight spot

Sep. 28, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez praised Art Acevedo as “America's best chief” when he recruited him to lead Miami's police force just six months ago. Acevedo had a national profile as a progressive law enforcer in Texas, with a deft touch at building...

Officer accompanying CIA chief develops 'Havana' symptoms

Sep. 21, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. intelligence officer suffered symptoms linked to a series of suspected directed-energy attacks known as “Havana syndrome” while traveling with CIA Director William Burns in India this month. Experts are in the process of verifying the...

Cuban scientists say no evidence of attacks on diplomats

Sep. 13, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

Havana (AP) — Cuba on Monday issued its most detailed report to date from prominent local scientists criticizing allegations that U.S. and Canadian diplomats were subject to mysterious attacks while posted on the island and developed health issues. The report by the...

Boston cardinal meets Cuban leader on visit to Havana

Sep. 09, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday and visited a Cuban COVID-19 vaccine laboratory at a time of tense relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Cuban state media...

Ida aims to hit Louisiana on Hurricane Katrina anniversary

Aug. 27, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting evacuations in New Orleans and across the coastal region. Ida intensified rapidly Friday from a tropical storm to a hurricane...

Possible Havana syndrome case delays Harris trip to Vietnam

Aug. 24, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

HANOI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed several hours Tuesday by an investigation into two possible cases of the so-called Havana Syndrome in Hanoi, administration officials said. The investigation was in its early...

Harris rebukes China in speech on Indo-Pacific vision

Aug. 24, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HANOI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to “coercion” and “intimidation” and affirming that the U.S. will support its allies in the region against Beijing’s...

More Cubans try dangerous trip to US across Florida Straits

Aug. 08, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ORLANDO NODARSE, Cuba (AP) — Zuleydis Elledias has gotten up each morning for the past two months hoping for a phone call, a message — any news on the fate of her husband and nephew, who disappeared at sea after the boat they were in capsized as they tried to reach Florida. ...

GOP: Biden not doing enough to help Cubans access internet

Aug. 05, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and fellow GOP politicians accused President Joe Biden on Thursday of not doing more to help Cubans on the island get access to the internet. Internet service was cut off at one point during a July 11 protest against...