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Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer

Jun. 5, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will sting the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines on Wednesday immediately began dropping stops in Cuba from their...

Can Americans still go to Cuba? Yes, but it's more difficult

Jun. 5, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba have made it harder, but far from impossible, for Americans to visit the island nation. Cruises offered easy, one-stop shopping for legal trips across the 90 miles that separate the two nations, but those appear to be over for now,...

Cuba expects major economic damage from Trump measures

Jun. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Drivers of classic cars, restaurateurs, tour guides and owners of bed-and-breakfasts are all saying the Trump administration's new restrictions on U.S travel to Cuba will be a severe blow to their businesses. The restrictions announced Tuesday eliminate U.S. cruise travel to Cuba. They also...

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

Jun. 4, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island's communist government. Cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba began in May 2016 during...

Man accused of killing his child's mother, fleeing to Cuba

Jun. 3, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An attorney is going to trial on charges that he shot and killed the mother of his child at her home in an upscale New Jersey suburb, then fled to Cuba and was caught by customs authorities in Havana who had received an Interpol alert about him. More than seven months after she was...

Cuba/US scientific cooperation declines under Trump

May. 29, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The degradation of relations between the U.S. and Cuba under President Donald Trump has begun to cut into scientific and medical cooperation on issues ranging from treatment of infectious diseases to coral reef preservation. A biomedical fellowship exchange program has been put on hold....

Cuba to renovate site known for hosting rally against US

May. 23, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it is renovating one of the iconic sites of its ideological battle with the United States. The Anti-Imperialist Tribune is a massive stage that sits beside the United States Embassy on the Malecon seaside promenade. It is crumbling after two decades of constant sun,...

Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

May. 23, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. Cuba's Ministry of Transportation took possession...

Decades after failed invasion, Cuba still eyes Venezuela

May. 17, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

MACHURUCUTO, Venezuela (AP) — For all the heated talk coming from Washington about President Nicolás Maduro being a Cuban puppet, there was a time when Cuban troops really did try to take control of Venezuela — or at least a remote coconut-strewn tropical beach. Fifty-two years ago this month...

Mediation in Norway aims to resolve Venezuela crisis

May. 16, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving Venezuela's crisis accelerated on Thursday as the government and opposition sent envoys to talks in Norway, though the two sides' mutual mistrust and differences on key issues could prevent any quick solution. The Norwegian attempt to mediate...