Latest Cuba government News

Cuban dissident says he's been released, still faces charges

Aug. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban dissident who was jailed after a car crash involving a security official says he has been released from custody but could still face charges. Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia said in a call from Cuba to supporters in Miami that he has been accused of assaulting the official. Journalists...

Amnesty urges Cuba to allow access to detained dissident

Aug. 10, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A leader of one of Cuba's largest dissident groups has been held incommunicado for a week in the eastern part of the country, the human rights organization Amnesty International said Friday. Amnesty called on the Cuban government to allow family members of Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia to visit...

Cuba approves new leader's Cabinet with old faces in place

Jul. 21, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro's government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform. At the same time, the national assembly received a proposed reform of Cuba's 1976...

Cuba lifting freeze on new private tourism businesses

Jul. 10, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A 16-month freeze on new private restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts will end in December when Cuba's communist government implements new regulations meant to prevent tax evasion and the accumulation of wealth, state media said Tuesday. Cuban officials who announced the change said that the...

Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Jun. 21, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state media filled with minute-by-minute updates, cellphone video from the accident and an interview from the scene with newly named President Miguel Diaz-Canel. When Tropical Storm Alberto struck the...