Latest Cuba government News

US renews call for Cuba to probe cause of health 'attacks'

Jun. 14, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday renewed calls for the Cuban government to determine the source of health "attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba that have affected some two dozen people. Cuba again denied any involvement or knowledge of any such attacks. At a senior-level meeting with Cuban...

Cuba forms commission to update Soviet-era constitution

Jun. 2, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban legislators took the first step Saturday toward drafting a new constitution. President Miguel Diaz-Canel convened a special session of Cuba's parliament to propose a list of people to undertake a rewrite of the Soviet-era charter. Delegates gave their approval for a commission presided...

Rival of Venezuela President Maduro demands new election

May. 30, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The man who finished second in Venezuela's recent presidential election asked the nation's Supreme Court on Wednesday to order a new vote, citing deep flaws in the process that extends leader Nicolas Maduro's time in power. The challenge by Henri Falcon came on the same day that...

Cuba to update Soviet-era constitution, adapting to reforms

May. 28, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — When Cuba adopted its current constitution, the sugar-based economy was being bolstered by aid from the Soviet Union, citizens were forbidden to run private businesses or sell homes and gays kept their sexual identity a tightly guarded secret. Now a rewrite is on the way as the country's...

Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has died

May. 23, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died. He was 90. Posada, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer about five years ago, died...

Cuba's new leader breaks from past with public appearances

May. 22, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response. His brother Raul was a military man who operated from behind...

Mexico suspends charter company in Cuba airliner crash

May. 21, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities temporarily suspended a charter company which owned a passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, while Cuban media said one of three survivors died Monday, increasing the death toll to 111. Mexico's General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a statement that the...

The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

May. 18, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the plane crash in Havana (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cuban state media say Communist Party leader Raul Castro is recovering from a hernia operation. State television said on its evening broadcast that the 86-year-old leader who stepped down as president last month was...

Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies

May. 1, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Workers and activists around the world marked May Day on Tuesday with rallies and other events to press their governments to address labor issues. International Workers' Day is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to...

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Apr. 21, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country's leader. Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island's government earlier...