Latest Cuba government News

Cuba caps prices for food, beverages to cut inflation risk

Jul. 31, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is capping prices for food and beverages throughout the country in order to control the risk of inflation due to a state wage hike and stagnant productivity. The experiment started several weeks ago in some province and it will go into effect throughout Cuba on Aug. 1,...

US restricts visas for Cubans involved in overseas medicine

Jul. 26, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing visa restrictions on Cuban officials involved in a program that sends doctors around the world. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the program forces Cuban medical professionals to work long hours and live in unsafe areas while advancing what he calls the Cuban...

Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, dies at 82

Jul. 26, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, a sugar worker's son who oversaw the first papal visit to Cuba, helped lower barriers to believers in the communist country and played a role in mediating improved U.S.-Cuba ties, died Friday at age 82. His death was announced by his successor, Havana...

Cuba announces increase in wages as part of economic reform

Jun. 27, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government said Thursday that it is raising state salaries as part of a broader package of economic reforms, but it revealed no details of its larger plan beyond increasing worker compensation. A salary increase has long been seen as one of the first steps in the unification of...

De Blasio shouts Cuban revolutionary slogan at Miami rally

Jun. 27, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio shouted a Spanish slogan associated with Cuba's Communist revolution at a rally Thursday, drawing criticism in a city heavily influenced by exiles who fled Fidel Castro's rule. He later apologized on Twitter, saying he didn't...