Latest Havana News

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train as rail overhaul begins

Jul. 13, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country's aging and decrepit rail system. The 14 gleaming...

US sanctions Cuban firm to weaken Maduro's hold in Venezuela

Jul. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States hit Cuba's state-run oil shipping firm Cubametales with financial sanctions on Wednesday, saying it's a key player propping up Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro. "Maduro is clinging to Cuba to stay in power, buying military and intelligence operatives in...

Cuba restores oldest Jewish cemetery as Havana is spruced up

Jun. 25, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some plots, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks. But slowly, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cuba is beginning to be rehabilitated, along with the memory of many of the island's early Jewish...

What's an advanced Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?

Jun. 24, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — One of the Russian navy's most advanced warships entered Havana's harbor Monday and docked at the port used until this month by U.S. cruise lines. Here are some questions and answers about the Admiral Gorshkov's travels through the Caribbean. ___ WHAT IS THE ADMIRAL GORSHKOV? The Admiral...

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....