Latest Havana News

Cuban troops report fatal clash with Florida speedboat

Jun. 28, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities say they have intercepted more than a dozen speedboats arriving from the United States this year — including two shooting incidents and at least one death. They say U.S. authorities have handed over a suspect in the shooting of a Cuban coast guard officer. ...

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...

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...

US Transportation Dept. lifts restrictions on Cuba flights

Jun. 01, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday made it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, lifting flight restrictions that were established during the Trump administration. The restrictions had prevented U.S. airline flights and chartered flights from going...

Renewed hopes but more delays for Cubans seeking US visas

Jun. 01, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba (AP) — Like many Cubans before him, Roberto De la Yglesia left most of his family behind when he made his way to the United States with only his son in 2015, hoping that he could soon bring his wife and daughters to join him. Years later, the mechanical engineer in...

'No future for babies:' 842 US-bound Haitians end up in Cuba

May. 26, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

VILLA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Some of the more than 840 Haitians who tried to reach the United States in a boat but ended up in Cuba said Thursday that they fled violence in their country and were charged thousands of dollars by smugglers who ushered them onto a dilapidated boat and later abandoned...

Boat with 842 Haitians headed for US winds up in Cuba

May. 25, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

VILLA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, in what appeared to be the largest group seen yet in a swelling exodus from crisis-stricken Haiti. Red Cross officials in the province...

In Cuba, caution and confusion meet eased US sanctions

May. 25, 2022 00:52 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Marylín Álvarez seemed to be just the sort of person that eased American sanctions on Cuba were meant to help. With the aid of money sent by a cousin living in the United States, she began transforming the entrance to her ground-floor apartment into a tiny cafe...

White House moves to loosen remittance, flight rules on Cuba

May. 17, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will expand flights to Cuba, take steps to loosen restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lift Trump-era restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island. The State Department said in a...