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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

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

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)

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

3 dead, 172 injured in Havana tornado

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel says several emergency teams are working hard to restore power to blacked-out areas

AFTERMATH. A damaged car flattened by debris from a building is seen in the tornado-hit Luyano neighborhood in Havana early on January 28, 2019. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

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/ www.cubadebate.cu/AFP

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)

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

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

Cuba's new president Diaz-Canel vows to 'continue' revolution

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:19 PM

'I have come to work, and not to make promises,' Miguel Diaz-Canel tells the Cuban National Assembly, whose 605 delegates elected him to a 5-year-term

NEW RULER. Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing outgoing Cuban President Raul Castro (right) raising the arm of Cuba's new President Miguel Diaz-Canel after he was formally named by the National Assembly, in Havana on April 19, 2018. Handout photo/ www.cubadebate.cu / AFP

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

SEC Commissioner resignation, SC on anomalous PNP chopper deal, Cuba protest vs US | Midday wRap

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

Cuba's national dance lives on... in Mexico

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:41 PM

In the Mexican port of Veracruz, across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba, couples gather four times a week to dance danzon, twirling around the central square in fedoras and evening gowns that evoke a bygone era

BAILE. A couple dances "danzon" at "Sociales Romo" dance and night club, in Santa Maria La Ribera neighborhood in Mexico City, on September 10, 2017. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Imelda Marcos, Soganub, U.S. Embassy in Cuba | Midday wRap

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

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U.S. eyes closure of American embassy in Cuba

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the possible closure is 'under review' after a 'sonic attack' that affected the health of 16 embassy employees

View of the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. Yamil Lage/AFP

Miami Cubans party relentlessly after Fidel Castro's death

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

I m not tired of celebrating because I can t believe it I never thought that this moment would arrive

Cuban Americans celebrate the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro on the streets in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami Florida on November 27, 2016. Rhona Wise/AFP

Fidel Castro leaves behind unique legacy in Cuba

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The former Cuban president who died aged 90 on Friday said he would never retire from politics

EL COMANDANTE. In this handout picture released by Cuban newspaper Granma, former President Fidel Castro (R) is seen during a meeting with Japanese Prime Ministro Shinzo Abe (L), in Havana on September 22, 2016. AFP/Alex Castro

End of era in Cuba as revolutionary Fidel Castro dies

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

4th UPDATE Castro s ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4 after a four day procession through the country

REVOLUTIONARY. (FILE PHOTO) This file handout picture released by Cuban Agency ACN taken on April 19, 2016 shows Cuban Former President Fidel Castro applauding during the closing ceremony of VII Congress of Cuban Communist Party (PCC) at Convention Palace in Havana. Fidel Castro died on November 26, 2016 according to a statement from the President of Cuba, Raul Castro. AFP/Omara Garcia Mederos

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Aug 14, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Castro makes a rare public appearance at a gala organized by a children s theater company

In this image grab from the Cubavision TV station, former Cuban President Fidel Castro (C), Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro (L) are seen attending the celebration of Fidel's 90th birthday at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana on August 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Cubavision / HO / XGTY/ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/CUBAVISION" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-GETTY OUT

'Transformers 5' to film in Cuba

May 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Transformers: The Last Knight follows in filming in Havana Cuba just after Fast 8

Screengrab from Facebook/Transformers

Cuba clears way for cruise ship resumption

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:46 PM

Cuba clears the way for the resumption of cruise voyages from the United States lifting a restriction on Cubans entering or leaving the country by sea

HOLA, CUBA. US and other foreign University students and professors arrive to Havana's Harbor on board the "Semester at Sea" cruise ship, on December 9, 2013. The ship, with 600 University students, in Havana after Washington gave permission to go to the island after nine years. File photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

WATCH: Rolling Stones rock Havana in first Cuba concert

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Cuba has never seen the Rolling Stones before and is likely never to be quite the same again

LIVE IN CUBA. British band The Rolling Stones performs during a free concert in Havana, Cuba, on March 25. Tens of thousands of people gathered for the concert, which was held days after an historic visit to the island by US President Barack Obama. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Rolling Stones arrive in Cuba to play free rock concert

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to turn out Friday for the Rolling Stones s free concert in Havana

ROLLING STONES LIVE IN CUBA. Members of British rock band The Rolling Stones (L-R) Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood arrive in Havana, Cuba, 24 March 2016. The band will perform in a free concert on 25 March. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Obama, Castro hail 'new day' for US-Cuba relations

Mar 22, 2016 - 12:03 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro meet in Havana s Palace of the Revolution for groundbreaking talks on ending the standoff between the two neighbors

US President Barack Obama greets President of Cuba Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, 21 March 2016. UPhoto by Michael Reynolds / EPA

Obama looks to seal Cuba engagement on landmark trip

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:48 PM

His visit is the culmination of 18 months of secret negotiations that led to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the reopening of the US embassy in Havana last August

OBAMA VISIT. A man in a bici-cab adorned with American and Cuban national flags waits for costumers in Havana, Cuba, March 15, 2016. File photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Obama, at UN, calls for lifting Cuba embargo

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Obama says he was confident that the US Congress will inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore drawing applause from the 193 nation assembly

US President Barack Obama speaks at the opening session of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/KENA BETANCUR

Pope Francis: 'Failure' not an option in Colombia peace process

Sep 20, 2015 - 11:12 PM

We do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure says Pope Francis

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis waves during his arrival to the Revolution Plaza to hold a mass in Havana, Cuba, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA

Pope calls on Cubans to 'serve' without ideology

Sep 20, 2015 - 10:01 PM

Pope Francis warns against personal ambition and an every man for himself mentality

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis waves during upon his arrival at the Revolution Plaza to hold a mass in Havana, Cuba, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA

Havana's Revolution Square packed ahead of pope's mass

Sep 20, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Several thousand people are in the plaza and free space is hard to find

POPE IN CUBA. A group of nuns wait to see Pope Francis pass in the Popemobile after his arrival to Havana, Cuba, on September 19, 2015. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Pope arrives in Havana with call for further US-Cuba thaw

Sep 20, 2015 - 7:05 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis calls on Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama not to falter on the road to closer ties

Pope Francis (L) waves as he arrives, accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro, at the airport in Havana, Cuba, 19 September 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Cuba at the start of an historic nine-day trip that is also set to take him to the USA. Cuban President Raul Castro, a Marxist and atheist who has said in the past that he is a great admirer of the Argentinian-born Francis, greeted the pontiff at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Photo by Tony Gentle/EPA

Kerry calls for democracy in Cuba as US flag raised

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:27 AM

John Kerry the first secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945 says the shift in US policy does not mean Washington would stop pressing for change on the communist island

FLAG-RAISING. US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) watches the US flag being hoisted, during the flag-raising ceremony at the reinaugurated US embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:06 PM

He did not go into detail on precisely how much money he reckons Washington owes Havana

Paris Hilton spotted in Havana

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Hilton s great grandfather Conrad Hilton traveled to Cuba in 1958 to open a hotel But the hotel was nationalized by Castro in 1960

2015 travel bucket list

Jan 29, 2015 - 10:28 PM

A new year presents new adventures Here’s a list of 5 places worth traveling to this 2015

Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Roberta Jacobson tells reporters the get together with dissidents allowed her to listen well to their discrepancies or support for the new policy

DIALOGUE. US Assistant Secretary for Latin America and Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson (C), talks with Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer (R), during a breakfast work meeting with Cuban oposition leaders in Havana, Cuba, on January 23, 2015. Photo by Raman Esponosa/EPA

Rapper Pitbull helps expand Little Havana Miami school

Jan 17, 2015 - 4:33 PM

I m looking at you guys I m looking at the American dream kids that are not gonna stop fighting that don t understand what the word lose means says Pitbull

Business interest piqued by prospect of US, Cuba trade

Dec 23, 2014 - 11:46 PM

No sooner is the historic announcement made than the American business community began assessing Cuba s untapped markets

Garcia Marquez and Castro: A controversial friendship

Apr 18, 2014 - 12:35 PM

The warm friendship between the two was often criticized by Garcia Marquez fellow writers but it endured for years and was even instrumental in US Cuban relations

N. Koreans end visit to sailors held in Cuba arms case

Oct 25, 2013 - 1:58 PM

The Chong Chon Gang crew s lawyer hopes for a solution in a matter of weeks

CONTROVERSIAL SHIP. View of the bow of the North Korean-flagged cargo ship Chong Chon Gang which remains docked at the pier of Manzanillo in Colon, Panama, on 16 July 2013. EPA/Alejandro Bolivar

Life and Style wRap: Bananas in Turkey, no Web in Cuba

Jun 29, 2013 - 2:33 PM

And Gatsby s dapper era and the LGBT zeitgeist in fashion and diplomacy

WEB LIMITS. Some Cubans think the limited access to the Internet is another government restriction

#FoodTrip: A feast of flavors in TriNoma

Jun 28, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Here s a mall and foodie destination in north Quezon City

BINUKADKAD NA PLAPLA. Abe's best-seller that clients also refer to as their 'flying fish.' It is served with balo-balo ('burong hipon' in Filipino, pickled shrimp in English) and mustasa (mustard leaves). All photos by Kai Magsanoc

Russia denies Snowden involvement as mystery deepens

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:38 PM

UPDATE Russia slams as rubbish Washington s suggestions that Moscow was complicit in Snowden s disappearance

‘NO INVOLVEMENT.’ A picture taken in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport aboard a plane of Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Havana on June 24, 2013, shows the empty window seat which fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was scheduled to occupy. Russia denies involvement in Snowden’s travels. AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev