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Boxing powerhouse Cuba lets women boxers compete

Dec. 05, 2022 18:36 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Legnis Cala Massó carefully removes her necklace and smiles as her coach slides her bright red boxing gloves over her French tip nails. The 31-year-old swings her wiry body into the ring and pounds her fellow boxer – also a young woman – with a series of punches,...

Cuba calls migrant boat crash an accident, denies ramming

Nov. 30, 2022 15:43 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has denied that its coast guard vessel was to blame for a collision with a migrant-packed boat that led to the deaths of seven people, including a two-year-old girl, saying the migrant boat made an abrupt turn in heavy swells that caused the crash. The boat was...

Cuba's informal market finds new space on growing internet

Nov. 27, 2022 11:24 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — In the Telegram group chat, the messages roll in like waves. “I need liquid ibuprofen and acetaminophen, please,” wrote one user. “It’s urgent, it’s for my 10-month-old baby.” Others offer medicine brought from outside of Cuba, adding,...

Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés dies at 79

Nov. 22, 2022 00:46 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Pablo Milanés, the Latin Grammy-winning balladeer who helped found Cuba’s “nueva trova” movement and toured the world as a cultural ambassador for Fidel Castro’s revolution, has died in Spain, where he had been under treatment for blood cancer. He was 79. One...

Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanes dies at 79

Nov. 21, 2022 23:54 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Pablo Milanes, the Latin Grammy-winning balladeer who helped found Cuba’s “nueva trova” movement and toured the world as a cultural ambassador for Fidel Castro’s revolution, has died in Spain, where he had been under treatment for blood cancer. He was 79. One...

Parents of Cuba protesters blocked from meeting US officials

Nov. 17, 2022 18:48 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — On the day Migdalia Gutiérrez was set to meet with an American delegation in Havana, Cuban state security were waiting outside her home in a white car at 6 a.m. sharp. Gutiérrez and at least five other parents of participants in Cuba's 2021 protests were temporarily...

Cuban activists want law to protect women abused at home

Nov. 17, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Screams, insults and confinement: that was what Diana endured in the seven years before she ended a relationship with her boyfriend. Though she knew there were institutions and programs in Cuba that handled cases of violence against women, she didn’t reach out to...

Migration talks mark progress in tense U.S.-Cuba relations

Nov. 15, 2022 20:19 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Following a series of talks on migration with the Biden administration, Cuba said Tuesday that it will receive deportation flights from the United States that had been stalled in the pandemic — and said it was open to continuing dialogue with Washington. The...

US, Cubans will meet again in Havana: State Department

Nov. 15, 2022 01:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Cuban officials plan to meet in Havana on Tuesday to discuss migration policy, the latest in a series of sessions between two governments with a historically icy relationship and amid one of the biggest migratory flights from the island in decades. The...

Cuban, US officials meet in Havana on consular services

Nov. 09, 2022 18:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and State Department officials met in Havana on Wednesday to discuss the expansion of consular and visa services on the island. The meeting is the latest in a series of friendly exchanges between the two governments, which share a historically icy relationship....