Latest Cuba News

Both parties want to win South Florida. Here's one Cuban activist's view of the political fight

Sep. 24, 2023 08:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — When Félix Llerena arrived in Miami in 2017, he quickly got involved in the city’s politically active community of Cuban exiles. He was soon drawn to President Donald Trump for his aggressive approach toward Cuba's communist government and his stated affinity for Cuban American...

Back in full force, UN General Assembly shows how the most important diplomatic work is face to face

Sep. 24, 2023 00:09 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There are two opposing theses about the U.N. General Assembly: It's a place that shows the true power of words, where leaders inspire action with rousing speeches on the urgent issues of our times; or it's a talking shop, where leaders perform for domestic audiences with...

A panel finds torture made a 9/11 defendant psychotic. A judge will rule whether he can stand trial

Sep. 21, 2023 14:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military medical panel has concluded that one of the five 9/11 defendants held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base has been rendered delusional and psychotic by the torture he underwent years ago while in CIA custody. The findings heighten uncertainty over whether...

Biden and Brazil's Lula focus on workers' rights while publicly playing down differences

Sep. 20, 2023 18:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, played up their mutual affection for workers’ rights Wednesday as the leaders of the Western Hemisphere’s two largest democracies met in New York, steering clear in public about their differences on...

Brazilian leader Lula rekindles ties with Cuba at G77 summit in Havana

Sep. 16, 2023 18:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met with his Cuban counterpart Saturday in Havana, signaling a revitalization of ties between the two countries in the first trip by a Brazilian president to the Caribbean nation in nine years. Lula was in Havana...

UN calls for more fairness for developing nations at a G77 summit in Cuba

Sep. 15, 2023 16:31 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general called Friday for nations to build a world that is more fair for developing countries, as he kicked off a summit in Cuba of the G77 group of emerging economies plus China. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that while many of the...

Environmental groups sue US over sluggish pace in listing the rare ghost orchid as endangered

Sep. 13, 2023 13:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid found mainly in Florida and Cuba should be immediately protected by the U.S. as an endangered species, three environmental groups claimed Wednesday in a lawsuit arguing that federal officials are unduly delaying a decision. The...

Cuba arrests 17 for allegedly helping recruit some of its citizens to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Sep. 08, 2023 19:02 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities have arrested 17 people in connection with what they described as a network to recruit Cuban nationals to fight for Russia in Ukraine. The head of criminal investigations for Cuba's Interior Ministry, César Rodríguez, said late Thursday on state...

Biden refuses to grant some of the conditions that 9/11 defendants were seeking in plea negotiations

Sep. 06, 2023 23:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has refused to approve some of the conditions that lawyers for the defendants in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had sought in a possible plea bargain, ruling out a presidential guarantee that the five men would be spared solitary confinement and provided care...

Idalia strengthens to a hurricane off Cuba. Dangerous storm surges are forecast for Florida’s Gulf Coast in next 2 days

Aug. 29, 2023 05:10 AM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Idalia strengthens to a hurricane off Cuba. Dangerous storm surges are forecast for Florida’s Gulf Coast in next 2 days.