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US slaps new sanctions on Cuba over human rights, Venezuela

Oct. 18, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and its human rights record at home. The Department of Commerce said in a statement it is revoking existing licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Ecuador's president signed a decree returning gas prices to traditionally low, subsidized levels a day after striking a deal to cancel a...

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba's socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As...

Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

Oct. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Cuban man who legally sought asylum died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana, authorities said Wednesday. Roylan Hernandez Diaz, 43, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center, according to U.S....

Cuba to let citizens buy imports with foreign currencies

Oct. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it will allow citizens to use 10 foreign currencies to buy products like televisions and air conditioners at state stores in an attempt to compete with a multi-billion-dollar informal market in imported goods. The communist state has a monopoly on most forms of...

McKennie has fastest hat trick as US overwhelms Cuba 7-0

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weston McKennie got the U.S. off to a record-setting start against Cuba in the Americans' CONCACAF Nations League debut. McKennie scored 32 seconds into the game and had the fastest hat trick from the kickoff in U.S. history, helping the Americans overwhelm Cuba 7-0 on Friday night. "If I...

Benched by Chelsea, Pulisic captains US against Cuba

Oct. 11, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christian Pulisic captained the U.S. team for Friday night's CONCACAF Nations League opener against Cuba as coach Gregg Berhalter showed his confidence in the 21-year-old midfielder who's mostly been riding the bench lately for Chelsea. It was the third time overall and first time since...

Trump administration ramps up deportations to Cuba

Oct. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — After seeking asylum in the United States at the Mexican border, Pablo Sanchez was placed in a detention center and is now facing what has become an increasingly common scenario under President Donald Trump: deportation to Cuba. Since the end of the Obama administration, the number of Cubans...

Cuba's historical generation leaves top legislative body

Oct. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's top legislative body will no longer include members of the country's historical generation of former rebels, part of a broader political reform that started to go into effect on Thursday. Members of the National Assembly voted near-unanimously for Miguel-Díaz Canel, 59, to remain...

Cuba Gooding Jr. faces new charge in NYC sex misconduct case

Oct. 10, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba Gooding Jr. learned on Thursday that he's facing a new undisclosed charge in his sexual misconduct case, a development that came as jury selection was set to begin for his trial. At a court hearing in Manhattan, Assistant District Attorney Jenna Long revealed the charge is contained in...