Latest Havana News

Trump's Cuba policy hurts private sector, new figures say

Jan. 15, 2019 8:41 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — President Donald Trump's Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island's private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to new government figures. Trump announced in June 2017 that he was tightening limits on U.S. travel to...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 4, 2019 12:02 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Brazilians gathered at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana Beach to watch a spectacular fireworks display on New Year's Eve. Mexico's leftist...

AP photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

Dec. 30, 2018 6:29 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the daily joys and tribulations of life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly while on assignment on Saturday afternoon in Havana. He was 54. Boylan was covering...

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Dec. 18, 2018 7:34 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman,...

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

Dec. 12, 2018 1:17 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression. The partial rollbacks announced last week may provide important clues to the governing style of President Miguel...

Cubans fly around the world hunting shopping bargains

Dec. 11, 2018 12:47 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Most people don't think of Haiti as a shopping destination. Unless they're Cuban. Every afternoon, hundreds of Cubans swarm a rutted crossroads in the capital of the hemisphere's poorest nation, hunting clothes, light bulbs, perfume and other goods that are in short supply back...

Cuba says the US is unfairly denying diplomatic visas

Nov. 29, 2018 9:11 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Thursday accused the Trump administration of unfairly denying visas to diplomats assigned to work at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, which Cuban officials called part of a broader move to undo former President Barack Obama's opening with the island. Johana Tablada, Cuba's deputy head...

Canada weighing all options with Cuban embassy in Havana

Nov. 29, 2018 1:19 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is considering all options regarding its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat was found to have fallen mysteriously ill. A senior Canadian government official said Thursday that the latest diplomat affected first reported symptoms in the early part of the summer. Testing then...

Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil

Nov. 23, 2018 3:25 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil returned to Havana on Friday as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to underserved areas. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted 211 doctors who had worked in the South American...