More Cuba Articles

  • Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

    SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) — Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled...

  • As President Obama dithers, Russia returns to the Americas

    During a visit to Cuba two weeks ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly reached an agreement to reopen the huge Russian spy base in Lourdes, on the west side of the island nation.

  • Chinese leader signs accords, wraps up Cuba visit

    HAVANA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island. The official newspaper Granma on Wednesday published a description of the agreements signed by the Chinese leader and...

  • Fidel Castro: Ukraine to blame for downed airliner

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday blamed the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane. He also criticized Israel's ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, and the United States for saying Israel has a right to defend...

  • Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. The review centers on the U.S. Agency for International Development's...

  • Dust off the red phone, the Russians are coming back to Cuba

    Forget your reset button, Hillary Clinton -- the only button to be worried about now is the one that allows Russian President Vladimir Putin to spy on the U.S. from a Soviet-era spy base in Cuba.

  • Putin kicks off Latin America tour with Cuba stop

    HAVANA (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin began a six-day Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region with a stop Friday in Cuba, a key Soviet ally during the Cold War that has backed Moscow in its dispute with the West over Ukraine. The two countries signed about...

  • Paltry car sales seen as sign of Cuba's priorities

    HAVANA (AP) — It's not your typical car lot. Just steps from the Florida Straits, dozens of vehicles sit covered in grime and baking in the Caribbean sun. An elderly security guard slumps in a sleepy waiting area, and customers are nowhere to be seen. A price list hanging on the green...

  • Why pro-democracy broadcasters targeting Cuba feel demoralized

    The 100 workers at the federal agency that runs Radio Marti and TV Marti are unhappy, an inspector general says.

  • Sen. Menendez wants federal probe of Cuba role

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday that he has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Cuban government had a role in allegations against him that have made him a target of a federal probe. Among the charges are so far unsubstantiated allegations that...

  • Cuba: Team boots 2 pitchers after defection bids

    HAVANA (AP) — Villa Clara pitchers Diosdani Castillo and Yasmany Hernandez Romero have been indefinitely kicked off their club after they recently attempted to defect, according to Cuban official media. The Vanguardia newspaper of Villa Clara province said Castillo and Hernandez tried to...

  • Raul Castro: Economic changes must be gradual

    HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba's program of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country's already-struggling economy slowing. Days after Cuba downgraded its 2014 economic growth forecast by nearly...

  • Democrats' Florida push calls for US shift on Cuba

    MIAMI (AP) — When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba. "If you really care...

  • A whopping 50 cars sold in Cuba under Castro's new reforms

    Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of revolutionary senior citizen Fidel Castro, is a man of the people. So much a man of the people that last year he allowed Cubans to purchase automobiles from government dealerships without first going to the government for permission.

  • Cuba: Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

    HAVANA (AP) — Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special permit for the first time in decades, authorities said Monday. Sales totaled about...



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