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Spanish king, Cuban president meet in Havana

Nov. 12, 2019 8:45 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel met Tuesday at the start of the first modern state visit to Cuba by a member of the royal family that once ruled the Caribbean island. The king and Queen Letizia began their official activities by offering a wreath at a...

Spanish king and queen arrive in Cuba for first royal visit

Nov. 11, 2019 9:19 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Cuba on Monday night on the first state visit to the island by a Spanish royal. The couple disembarked in Havana at the start of a three-day visit to Cuba's capital and the eastern city of Santiago. The king and queen will tour historic...

Animal rights activists stage rare protest in Cuba's capital

Nov. 11, 2019 4:36 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban animal rights activists have staged a rare protest in Havana, where authorities swiftly crack down on unapproved demonstrations. About 30 animal advocates gathered Monday morning in front of a pound on the outskirts of the capital where street dogs are taken to be euthanized. The...

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Nov. 11, 2019 11:10 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It's an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse from lack of maintenance. It's a coastal capital facing a sea nearly devoid of boats, thanks to U.S. sanctions and Cuban...

US business sees dwindling prospects in Cuba

Nov. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed...

Cuba: We offer only moral support for Latin America protests

Nov. 1, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has had no role in promoting popular unrest in Latin America, but supports the protesters' goals, the country's foreign minister said Friday. "We don't have any involvement in the protests in Latin America except providing the example of the Cuban revolution," Foreign Minister Bruno...

Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Oct. 29, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba's resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies. Putin told Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that Russia has always remained supportive of Cuba....

Washington banning US flights to all Cuban cities but Havana

Oct. 25, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities except Havana in the latest move to roll back the Obama-era easing of relations, officials said Friday. Supporters of the ban said it would starve the Havana government of cash and limit its ability to repress Cubans and...

US bans flights to all Cuban cities but Havana in latest move by Trump to roll back Obama-era easing of relations

Oct. 25, 2019 4:55 PM EDT
HAVANA (AP) — US bans flights to all Cuban cities but Havana in latest move by Trump to roll back Obama-era easing of relations.

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...