Cuba

BOOK REVIEW: YA FICTION / 'Your Heart, My Sky': A timely YA novel-in-verse about the 1990s Cuban “Special Period”

Early in July of this year, thousands of Cubans took to the streets, pushed over the course of the pandemic to a breaking point by a persistent, two-year-long shortage of medicine and—most importantly—food. Cuban protesters marched and shouted for an end to the Communist regime, which has lasted over six decades.

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF CUBA REVOLUTION / Castro blasts US

On the 60th anniversary of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Communist-run Cuba stars providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere's least connected countries.

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution

A draft of Cuba's new constitution keeps the Communist Party as its leading political force but states as its aim the construction of socialism rather than communism, reflecting changing times, top officials told lawmakers.

Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Journalists in Cuba are recently experiencing more liberty in respect to broadcasting news which was limited to communist manifesto in the past ten years.

Díaz-Canel sworn in as new Cuban leader

Cuban Communist Party stalwart Miguel Diaz-Canel replace Raul Castro as president, a new chapter for the island after nearly sixty years of rule by the Castro brothers but a change that is aimed at preserving Cuban socialism.

US cuts embassy staff, urges no travel to Cuba

The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of US personnel to leave the island, senior officials say, in a dramatic response to what they described as “specific attacks” on diplomats.

Fidel Castro interred in rock

Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro's ashes were encased in a large granite boulder on Sunday in a ceremony that capped nine days of public mourning and aimed to literally set in stone the legacy of one of the 20th century's most influential characters.

Friends gather at Castro funeral

Flag-waving Cubans leaned from windows and lined the streets as Fidel Castro's funeral cortege approached the end of three-day journey on Saturday, rolling into the city of Santiago de Cuba where the revolutionary leader's remains will be laid to rest.

August 13, 2016
August 13, 2016

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro turns 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century. Both loved as a hero and hated as a dictator, Castro is one of the giant figures of modern history.

June 5, 2016
June 5, 2016

[WATCH] ‘Fast & Furious 8’ shooting clip with cars flying out of building

Fast & Furious 8, the eighth movie of the franchise, is currently being shot at downtown Cleveland in the US. A video clip of the shooting becomes viral in the internet that shows four cars being catapulted out of a multi-storied car park, ending up in a fiery heap below while other cars race through the fire.

April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016

Fidel Castro's rare speech saying he's nearing end

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivers a valedictory speech Tuesday to the Communist Party that he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he is nearing the end of his life and exhorting them to help his ideas survive.

April 17, 2016
April 17, 2016

Nine inmates released from Guantanamo

Nine Yemeni prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have arrived in Saudi Arabia after being transferred, US officials say.

March 27, 2016
March 27, 2016

Rolling Stones unleash rock and roll on massive Cuban crowd

The Rolling Stones unleash two hours of shrieking, thundering rock and roll on an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands of Cubans and foreign visitors, capping one of the most momentous weeks in modern Cuban history with a massive celebration of music that was once forbidden there.

March 22, 2016
March 22, 2016

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

Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro vow in Havana to set aside their differences in pursuit of what the US president calls a "new day" for the long bitterly divided neighbors.

March 21, 2016
March 21, 2016

'What's up Cuba?' Obama starts historic visit

Barack Obama landed in Cuba for a historic visit to end a half-century-long Cold War standoff, although rain and a no less heavy police presence dampened the festive mood.

January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016

Embrace time of 'extraordinary change': Obama

President Barack Obama told Americans nervous about terror and the changing economy that they should not fear the future, in a farewell State of the Union address that drew sharp contrast with Republicans.

December 11, 2015
December 11, 2015

Honduras footballer shot dead

Honduran international footballer Arnold Peralta is shot dead while on holiday in his hometown.

October 3, 2015
October 3, 2015

30 dead, hundreds missing in Guatemala landslide

30 people are dead and several hundred missing a day after a landslide smashed through a village on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, officials say.