Latest Havana News

Cuban baseball player defects after arriving in Florida

May. 27, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation confirmed Wednesday night that one of the players on the national team defected a few hours after the squad arrived in Florida to participate in a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The organization...

US grants Cuban baseball players visas days before tourney

May. 25, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. government finally issued visas for the players and coaches of the Cuban national baseball team to compete in the Baseball Americas Olympic qualifying tournament starting Monday in Florida. Players and executives with the Cuban team had expressed...

Growing mystery of suspected energy attacks draws US concern

May. 23, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is facing new pressure to resolve a mystery that has vexed its predecessors: Is an adversary using a microwave or radio wave weapon to attack the brains of U.S. diplomats, spies and military personnel? The number of reported...

Cuba baseball squad without visas as Olympic qualifier nears

May. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Just over a week before the start of the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Florida, the Cuban team does not have visas to travel to the United States, athletes and officials said Tuesday. Managers and players expressed their concern about the lack...

Cuba rolls out mass vaccines while awaiting study results

May. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The jab didn't even hurt, and Mabel Aguilera figures it may finally let her see granddaughters on the other side of Cuba who she hasn't glimpsed during many months of pandemic restrictions. “Sometimes I thought I wouldn't be able to stand not seeing my...

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba's communists

Apr. 15, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — This week's Communist Party congress could be the last with a Castro at the helm of Cuba's all-powerful political institution. Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, his brother and fellow leader of the island's 1959 revolution, Raul Castro, is being...

A Soviet-era legacy, Lada cars awaken passions for Cubans

Mar. 29, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Uncomfortable, wasteful, tough, rustic. All are descriptions heard about the old Russian-built Lada cars cruising the roads in Cuba, where it is common to see a driver standing next to the raised hood of one pondering what has gone wrong this time. Yet,...