Latest Havana News

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...

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 battles plague of giant snails

Sep. 30, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Silently and without pause, the giant African snail has been invading Cuba. With their shiny, brilliantly striped shells and bodies up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long, the snails have become public enemy No. 1 for epidemiologists and citizens have grown to fear their ability to transmit...

Cuba battles plague of giant snails

Sep. 30, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Silently and without pause, the giant African snail has been invading Cuba. The snails with brilliantly striped shells and bodies up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long have become public enemy No. 1 for epidemiologists in Cuba. And citizens have grown to fear their ability to transmit diseases...

Cubans wait hours in gas lines as fuel crisis bites

Sep. 20, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fuel shortage blamed on the Trump Administration has turned filling a tank in Cuba into an ordeal even for a country used to waiting in lines. Around Havana, drivers spend days hunting desperately for gas, calling friends and updating online chat groups with sightings of diesel, regular and...