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U.S. adds Cuba remittances firm to sanctions list

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:30 PM

'We will continue to stop the flow of money into the pockets of those who oppress the Cuban people,' tweets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Virus-hit Brazil lets Cuban doctors resume work

May 19, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Cuban doctors receive new medical licenses from the Brazilian health ministry under a program to round up reinforcements for the overstretched health system

BRAZIL VS THE VIRUS. A resident of Paraisopolis, one of the city's largest slums, takes part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 18, 2020, to demand more aid from Sao Paulo's state government during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

U.S., Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

May 14, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Washington increases the pressure on Havana just one day after Cuba urged a terrorism probe over gunfire that hit its embassy in the US capital

FLAG. People hold Cuban national flags as they arrive to pay their last respects to late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at Revolution Square in Havana, on November 29, 2016. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Cuban embassy in Washington DC struck by gunfire; police arrest suspect

May 01, 2020 - 1:57 PM

While the suspect was arrested by Washington police, the investigation also includes the Secret Service, which is involved in assuring the security of foreign diplomats and embassies

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Police investigate the scene where a shooter opened fire on the Cuban Embassy on April 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. According to authorities, no injuries have been reported after a gunman used an assault rifle to open fire on the embassy early on Thursday morning. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP Sarah Silbiger / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Man arrested after opening fire on Cuban embassy in Washington

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mission staff was not injured and is safe. Investigation is in progress,' Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says

Cuba's private sector suffering from lack of tourists

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:10 PM

'The private sector was already struggling' in Cuba before the coronavirus pandemic, and now COVID-19 is making matters worse

Cuban Loliet Gonzalez puts stools upside down on a table at the closed Nelson's Cafe in Havana on March 16, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - With American convertible cars in their garages and closed bars and restaurants, Havana is a dead city. The private sector in Cuba is suffering the lack of tourists as a consequence of the lockdown imposed as a measure against the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)

Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectations

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Latin American countries continue to ramp up measures to contain the virus outbreak with deaths from the COVID-19 disease jumping to 33 and total cases soaring to over 3,000

BOLIVIA AND THE CORONAVIRUS. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. File photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Actor Cuba Gooding to stand trial in April

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actor is accused of inappropriately touching one of the women in a restaurant in Manhattan in September 2018

US actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 22, 2020 in New York City. - Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr is facing trial over accusations he groped a woman in New York. Gooding, 51, was originally charged with forcible touching, a crime that can come with a sentence of up to a year in prison if convicted.A judge is expected to decide if additional women can take the witness stand in the actor's trial. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The position of prime minister was last held by Fidel Castro in 1976

PRIME MINISTER. Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz (R) greets Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel (L-back to camera) during the closing of the Fourth Regular Session of the National Assembly of People's Power in its 9th Legislature at the Havana Convention Center on December 21, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Cuba-U.S. relations backslide 5 years after landmark thaw

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Ordinary Cubans say their country and the United States are like 'a couple who don't get along'

ROCKY RELATIONS. A man wearing a cap depicting the US flag is pictured in Havana, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Cuba is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch to the former colony, one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898

ROYALS. Spain's King Felipe (right) and Queen Letizia walk along a street in Havana on November 12, 2019. The Spanish royals are visiting Cuba for Havana's 500th anniversary. Photo by Jorge Luis Banos/pool/AFP

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr denies groping two women

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The actor pleads not guilty in the case

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., departs his court arraignment in New York on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. - Gooding has previously been charged with forcible touching and sex abuse in relation to an alleged groping incident at a New York bar. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The telecommunications sector in Cuba – once one of the world's least connected countries – is changing more than any other in the past year

CUBA ONLINE. Young Cubans connect to internet from their mobile phone in Havana, on June 6, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Scans on U.S. diplomats in Cuba show 'something happened to the brains'

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The MRIs of the patients confirm that 'something happened to the brains of these people,' Ragini Verma, a professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of the study, says

MYSTERIOIUS DAMAGE. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr charged over groping claim

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Cuba Gooding Jr is charged with 'forcible touching' by New York prosecutors after allegedly groping a woman in a bar

Cuban police break up unauthorized LGBT rights march in Havana

May 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Police disperse LGBT activists who were protesting the cancellation of a parade against homophobia in Cuba

Cuban LGTBI demonstrators march at the Prado avenue in Havana, on May 11, 2019. - More than a hundred people participated in a demonstration for the LGBT rights in Havana on Saturday, an activity unauthorized by the government, amid tensions with the police. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Trump ramps up pressure on Cuba in Latin America offensive

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:52 AM

National security advisor John Bolton says the new measures imposed on Cuba were meant to 'reverse the consequences of disastrous Obama-era policies'

PRESSURE. US President Donald Trump continues to put pressure on Latin America, reversing policies set by his predecessor Barack Obama. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Britain's Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid U.S. tensions

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Prince Charles is asked by the British government to add Cuba to a long-planned tour of Caribbean nations as Brexit spurs it to seek alternative trading partners

PRINCE CHARLES. Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/AFP

U.S. condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Mike Pompeo hits at the 'central role Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the democratic dreams of the Venezuelan people and their welfare'

GETTING WATER. People collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas on March 11, 2019, as a massive power outage continues affecting some areas of the country. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Cubans back new constitution affirming role of socialism

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Some 6.8 million people, or more than 86% of voters, support the changes in Sunday's referendum, while only 766,400, or 9%, vote against

CUBAN REFERENDUM. Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel speaks with the press after voting in the referendum for the new Cuban Constitution in Havana, on February 24, 2019. Photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Cuba votes in referendum on new constitution

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Results of the vote, which the government turned into a plebiscite on the 'irrevocable' role of socialism in the island nation, are expected late Monday

REFERENDUM. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel casts his vote in the referendum for the new Cuban Constitution in Havana, on February 24, 2019. Photo by Ramon Espinosa/Pool/AFP)

Canadian diplomats hit by mystery symptoms in Cuba sue Ottawa – report

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Fourteen people, including current and former diplomats and their families, are seeking Can$28 million in damages from the federal government

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amongst challenges and change

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

For the first time, Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution without a revolutionary fighter leading the government

NEW CUBA. This file photo, handout from the official Cuban website, shows, then Cuban President Raul Castro (left) and First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on April 18, 2018. Diaz-Canel has since been named new president. Handout/

Cuba decides to scrap same-sex marriage law in new constitution – official

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) It is a surprising twist given public popular support shown nationwide – and earlier remarks from lawmakers in the Americas' only one-party Communist regime

Cuba finally rolls out mobile 3G, though too costly for most

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The communist-run island is one of the last countries in the world to get 3G mobile internet

In its 40th year, Havana film festival a far cry from its heyday

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro, Serbian director Emir Kusturic,a and American provocateur Michael Moore are headlining the showcase of Latin American cinema

View of the official poster of the 40th Havana Film Festival in a street of Havana, on December 3, 2018. - The festival runs from next December 6 to 16. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)

PH govt asked to vote against Cuba blockade

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

PhilCuba says the blockade is an irrational, inhumane policy

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years – U.S. admiral

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Rear Admiral John Ring, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, says he has orders 'to make sure the facilities' at the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 'are going to last for 25 years'

A physical therapy room for older detainees is seen at the US Guantanamo Naval Base on October 16, 2018, in Guantanamo Base, Cuba. The Guantanamo prison, which houses detainees accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks, is to remain open for at least 25 years, said US Navy Admiral John Ring, commander of the base. Sylvie LANTEAUME / AFP

Catholic Church urges Cubans to reject same-sex marriage

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia calls on Cubans not to 'ignore what nature has given', amid legislators' plans to legalize same-sex marriage under the proposed new constitution

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter.

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Cuba says cause of U.S. diplomats' illness still a mystery

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Cuba reaffirms its desire to 'cooperate with the US authorities to clarify the situation' after more than 20 US officials posted in Havana suffered injuries consisted with a brain injury

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

Cuban leader defends Maduro on 1st foreign visit

May 31, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the main reason for his visit to Venezuela is to show solidarity with Nicolas Maduro after his May 20 reelection was widely dismissed as a sham by the US, EU, and 13 other Latin American states

SOLIDARITY. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) bestows the Simon Bolivar Order on Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 30, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Cuba air crash toll rises to 112, leaving 1 survivor

May 26, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The death of Emiley Sanchez de la O, 40, leaves only one survivor from the May 18 crash of the Boeing 737 operated by national carrier Cubana de Aviacion

AIR CRASH. Emergency personnel work at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Cuba identifies remains of 50 of plane crash dead

May 23, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Just two survivors remain – both Cuban woman who are fighting for their lives at Havana's Calixto Garcia hospital

CRASH. Emergency personnel work at the site of the accident after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti airport on May 18, 2018. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

One of Cuba's 3 air crash survivors dies

May 22, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The Cuban government is investigating the cause of the crash and has so far identified 33 of the dead, some of whom have already been buried

HALF-MAST. The Cuban national flag is raised at half-mast in tribute to the victims of a plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti airport and killed hundreds of people, in Havana, on May 19, 2018. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 years

May 19, 2018 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Among the dead were 99 Cubans, 6 Mexican crewmembers, and 5 foreign tourists: two from Western Sahara, a Mexican tourist and an Argentine couple

MOURNING. Relatives of a crew member of a jetliner that crashed in Cuba arrive at Mexican-based airline Global Air's office in Mexico City on May 18, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Apr 28, 2018 - 12:03 AM

It was under Oyster-Adams School, just 2.5 kilometers north of the White House, that a nuclear fallout shelter was built to protect more than a hundred people in the event of a catastrophic strike

COLD WAR ERA. A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter beneath the Oyster-Adams School in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

End of era in Cuba as Castro hands torch to Diaz-Canel

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Miguel Diaz-Canel will become the island's first leader born after the 1959 revolution, and the first in 60 years who is not named Castro

END OF ERA. In this file handout picture released by Cuban official website on July 8, 2016, Cuban President Raul Castro (L) talks with First Vice-Presidente Miguel Diaz-Canel during the First Annual Session of the Cuban Parliament at the Convention Palace in Havana. The Castro brothers' six-decade grip on power in Cuba approached its end on April 18, 2018 as the country's National Assembly named number two Miguel Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate for the presidency. Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old Communist Party official and the current first vice president, is due to be confirmed Thursday as the successor to Raul Castro, who himself succeeded his elder brother Fidel. File photo from

Cuba vote opens final chapter of Castro era

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The new members of the National Assembly will be tasked with choosing a successor to 86-year-old President Raul Castro when he steps down next month

U.S. shrinks Cuba mission after mystery 'attacks'

Mar 03, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The Havana embassy has been operating with a reduced staff since September 2017, when diplomats and family members were evacuated after suffering brain injuries

'MINIMUM PERSONNEL.' In this file photo taken on October 3, 2017 a car drives by the US embassy in Havana,Cuba. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide – Cuba state media

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:19 PM

'Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,' Cuba's official newspaper Granma reports

File photo taken on June 1, 2016 of Cuban Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

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Feb 02, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

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Jan 05, 2018 - 8:33 PM

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Raul Castro to step down as Cuba's president in April 2018

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The 86-year-old will hand over power to the winner of the April 2018 elections