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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Cuba accuses US of violating Vienna Conventions

Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Vienna Convention and the deal re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries.


UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. concerns about human rights on the Caribbean island.


Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba’s resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies.


Doctors without borders: Spokane surgeons join mission to Cuba

On Nov. 6, two Spokane orthopedic surgeons plan to join a U.S. volunteer medical team in Cuba to perform about 65 joint-replacement operations for arthritis patients.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Cuban foreign minister: Warming with US is irreversible

Cuba’s foreign minister said Tuesday that he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration’s hardening of the embargo on the island.


Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will …


Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, dies at 82

Cuba’s Roman Catholic Church says the former archbishop of Havana who helped organize the first papal visit to communist Cuba has died


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer

The Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba will hit hardest at the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical …


Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019

Cuba bets on tourism as Trump restrictions take hold

The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans trying to enter U.S. via Mexico

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

When visiting Cuba, forget the preconceptions

Cuba, like any country, is complicated and is best taken with an open mind and open heart. But for Americans that can be particularly challenging.


Coeur d’Alene-based company continues to take travelers to Cuba despite Trump’s newest ‘crackdown’

The 2020 U.S. presidential elections seem impossibly remote as nine Americans weave their kayaks through a thick red mangrove forest on Cuba’s southern coast.


Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

After two decades of relative stability fueled by cheap Venezuelan oil, shortages of food and medicine have once again become a serious daily problem for millions of Cubans.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The Trump administration is stepping up its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela – three countries that national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday called the ‘three stooges of socialism’


Food reveals complicated, contentious Cuban-American politics

Ropa vieja, which literally means old clothes, didn’t originate in Cuba, instead coming from the Canary Islands, according to Ana Sofía Peláez, the author of “The Cuban Table.” However, it’s …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Trump to allow suits over seizures of US properties in Cuba

Stepping up pressure on Cuba, President Donald Trump is poised to allow lawsuits against foreign companies that have benefited from Cuba’s seizure of American companies after the 1959 revolution, a …


Trump administration ends MLB/Cuba baseball deal

The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players …


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Little League to include Cuban youth players

Cuban baseball and Little League International say that young Cuban players will soon be able to participate in international Little League tournaments. The agreement follows a deal between Major League …


Canada reducing Canadian staff at Cuba embassy by half

Canada announced Wednesday it is removing up to half of the Canadians at its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat fell mysteriously ill.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

Strongest tornado in 8 decades hits Cuba; 3 dead, 172 hurt

Neighborhood brigades and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes Monday as the Cuban capital attempted to recover from what …


Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Cuba’s government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones

Cuba says its citizens will be offered full internet access on mobile phones beginning Thursday, becoming one of the last nations to do so.


Local experts to give advice, tips on traveling to Cuba

Despite what you might think, it’s still possible to travel to Cuba.


Cuban dancers return to island that once spurned them

As a young dancer compared with ballet legends Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rolando Sarabia made headlines around the world when he abandoned Cuba in 2005 for a career in …


Russia and Cuba vow to expand their ‘strategic’ ties

The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.


Rockers Blondie to play Cuba on four-day cultural exchange

The iconic rock group announced Monday that they will play two concerts during their March 14-18 visit in Havana, which will also feature Cuban musicians Alain Perez, David Torrens and …


Cubans getting early taste of mobile internet in system test

Cubans with cellphones are getting mobile access to the internet in a tentative but significant opening of communications on the communist-governed island.


Cuba approves new leader’s Cabinet with old faces in place

Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro’s government in place, except for in the key post …