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Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, icon of the revolution, dwells on island's troubles in new album

Jun. 14, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — He was the poetic voice of the Cuban Revolution, an inspiration for millions of Latin Americans living under dictatorships throughout the 1960s and 1970s who dreamt of the ideal Cuba that he — and his guitar — helped to evoke. Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez,...

US submarine pulls into Guantanamo Bay a day after Russian warships arrive in Cuba

Jun. 13, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy submarine has arrived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a show of force as a fleet of Russian warships gather for planned military exercises in the Caribbean. U.S. Southern Command said the USS Helena, a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, pulled into the...

Russian warships conduct Atlantic drills en route to Cuba. New hypersonic missiles are on board

Jun. 11, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

Russian warships conducted drills in the Atlantic, the military said Tuesday, as they were heading to visit Cuba, part of Moscow's efforts to project power amid the tensions with the West over Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Admiral Gorshkov frigate and the Kazan...

Today in History: June 3, Muhammad Ali dies

Jun. 03, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 3, the 155th day of 2024. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3, 2016, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, whose athletic feats and activism put him among the most...

US opens up banking to private Cuban businesses as it aims to boost private sector

May. 28, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. lifted some financial restrictions against Cuba on Tuesday, in a move designed to boost private businesses on the island. The measures will allow independent entrepreneurs to open and access U.S. bank accounts online to support their businesses. They also...

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

May. 16, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The 1959 Castro-led revolution installed an atheist, Communist government that sought to replace the Catholic Church as the guiding force in the lives of Cubans. But 65 years later, religion seems omnipresent in Cuba, in dazzling diversity. The bells...

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

May. 16, 2024 08:22 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The 1959 Castro-led revolution installed an atheist, Communist government that sought to replace the Catholic Church as the guiding force in the lives of Cubans. But 65 years later, religion seems omnipresent in Cuba, in dazzling diversity. The bells...

State Department removes Cuba from short list of countries deemed uncooperative on counterterrorism

May. 15, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken removed Cuba Wednesday from the State Department's short list of countries that it deems less than fully cooperative against violent groups. In a statement, the State Department said Blinken had found that Cuban and U.S. law...

Long lines form and frustration grows as Cuba runs short of cash

Apr. 27, 2024 16:30 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Alejandro Fonseca stood in line for several hours outside a bank in Havana hoping to withdraw Cuban pesos from an ATM, but when it was almost his turn, the cash ran out. He angrily hopped on his electric tricycle and traveled several kilometers to another branch...

Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective 'alter ego' solves gripping crimes

Apr. 23, 2024 01:18 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — His novels recount gruesome murders, thefts, scams, bribes and humiliating secrets. But those are not even the most important themes in the stories told by award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura. For the last four decades, Padura, 68, has managed to turn his...