Havana - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Havana AP Top Stories May 9 P Here's the latest for Tuesday, May 9th: President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey; The U.S. intends to arm Syrian Kurds in the battle... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:47:00Z Protester disrupts start of Cuba's annual May Day parade HAVANA (AP) — A protester briefly disrupted the start of Cuba's largest annual political event on Monday, sprinting in front of May Day marchers and brandishing a U.S. flag before he was dragged away. President Raul Castro watched along with other military and civilian leaders and foreign dignitaries as the man broke through security and ran ahead of the ... Mon, 01 May 2017 17:31:00 GMT 2017-05-01T17:31:00Z Cuban military plane crashes, killing 8 troops on board CARAMBOLA, Cuba (AP) — A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside Saturday in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said. Cuba's military said in a statement that the Soviet-made AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6:38 a.m. and crashed outside the town of Candelaria about 40 miles (65 kilometers) away... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:08:00 GMT 2017-04-30T01:08:00Z UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba in milestone trip HAVANA (AP) — An independent expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human trafficking situation on the island for the first time in a decade. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is expected to visit a school and meet parliament leader Esteban Lazo and also has scheduled trips to the provinces of Matanzas and Artemis... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:24:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:24:00Z Havana named as host city for 2017 International Jazz Day NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock has twice before visited Havana to perform intimate solo-duet concerts with his Cuban counterpart Chucho Valdes, but at the end of April the two renowned jazz pianists will be collaborating on a grander scale. Hancock and Valdes will be serving as artistic directors for the 6th International Jazz Day. On Monday, the United N... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:21:00 GMT 2017-04-10T14:21:00Z Cuban biologist raises 2 chimpanzees in her Havana apartment HAVANA (AP) — Over the last year Ada and Anuma II have broken Marta Llanes' television and computer key board, chewed her telephone to pieces and ruined much of her furniture. She has forgiven them every transgression. It's hard to stay angry at a baby chimpanzee when it clambers up your leg and into your arms and plants a kiss on your cheek in a plea for forgiveness. ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-04-07T00:30:00Z Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better US relations WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island's citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion of private business ownership. In a poll of 840 people taken in Cuba late last year by the independent research organization NORC at the Uni... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:10:00 GMT 2017-03-21T18:10:00Z Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change MIAMI (AP) — Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for a visa under a recently scrapped U.S. policy that had long welcomed doctors from Cuba who defected while on assignment in third countries. Pavot and other Cuban doctors arriving this week in Miami under the now canceled policy called the Cuban Medical Professionals Parole said they're relieved to be arriving despite uncerta... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:24:00 GMT 2017-02-09T08:24:00Z Novel evokes tragedy of Jewish passengers on the St. Louis NEW YORK (AP) — When Armando Lucas Correa was a child in Havana, his grandma would say that "for the next 100 years Cuba would pay for what it did to the Jewish refugees." She was referring to the case of the St. Louis, a transatlantic liner that arrived from Hamburg with more than 900 immigrants fleeing Nazi Germany, which Cuba rejected after letting in only 28 passengers. ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:22:00 GMT 2017-01-27T16:22:00Z Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow HAVANA (AP) — Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:49:00 GMT 2017-01-15T01:49:00Z US policy change on Cuban migrants leaves many stranded PANAMA CITY (AP) — It took three months for Gabriel Marin and his wife, Yansiel, to make it from their home in eastern Cuba to this migrant shelter in Panama's capital. The goal was the United States and now the door that spurred their odyssey has slammed shut. Hundreds of people like Marin were stranded in transit in South and Central America on Thursday... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-01-13T22:16:00Z Ordinary Cubans fret about end to US immigration policy HAVANA (AP) — Ordinary Cubans worried Friday about the economic problems that could be caused for some people by the sudden end to a once-easy pathway to life in the United States, saying many people who already left the island to take advantage of the earlier American immigration policy could wind up back home with nothing. President Barack Obama on Thur... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-01-13T21:39:00Z Obama ends visa-free path for Cubans who make it to US soil WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident. The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:38:00 GMT 2017-01-13T03:38:00Z Google, Cuba sign deal allowing fast access to company data HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government have signed a deal allowing the internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing servers on the island that will store much of the company's most popular content. Storing Google data in Cuba eliminates the long distances that signals must travel from the island through Venezuela to the nearest... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:53:00 GMT 2016-12-13T16:53:00Z Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, will formally sign the deal Monday morning in Havana, the two people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet be... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:05:00 GMT 2016-12-10T01:05:00Z Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — A wooden box containing Fidel Castro's ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a granite boulder that has become Cuba's only official monument to the charismatic bearded rebel who seized control of a U.S.-allied Caribbean island and transformed it into a western outpost of Soviet-style communism that he ruled with absolu... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:19:00 GMT 2016-12-05T03:19:00Z Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — After a week of national mourning that reached near-religious peaks of adulation, Cuban President Raul Castro announced Saturday that his government would prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after his brother Fidel and bar the construction of statues of him in keeping with the former leader's desire to avoid a cult of personality. ... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:30:00 GMT 2016-12-04T02:30:00Z Adulation of Fidel Castro runs deepest in rural eastern Cuba EL GUAYABO, Cuba (AP) — The single dirt street in El Guayabo runs past a few dozen cinderblock homes, the medical clinic and the primary school to a grove of 76 trees planted to honor Fidel Castro on his 76th birthday. On Friday, residents of El Guayabo walked a mile down that street to Cuba's central highway to bid a final farewell to the man they credit... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:55:00 GMT 2016-12-02T19:55:00Z Miami celebrations at Castro's death shock those in Havana MIAMI (AP) — For more than a decade, Maria Vazquez's store had a special gift basket to celebrate Fidel Castro's death. For $24.99, it includes a bottle of cider with the label "only open after Fidel's death," and toilet paper bearing the Cuban leader image. She's sold more than 250 since Castro's death at 90 was announced Friday night. ... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:09:00 GMT 2016-12-01T11:09:00Z Fidel Castro ashes complete first leg of cross-country trip SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro's ashes are completing the first leg of a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey across Cuba, traveling in a flag-draped cedar coffin through small towns and cities where his rebel army fought its way to power nearly 60 years ago. Just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday, an honor guard placed the coffin under a glass box o... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:37:00 GMT 2016-12-01T05:37:00Z Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro's ashes begin journey HAVANA (AP) — Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro's ashes began a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Just after 7 a.m, an honor guard placed a small, flag-draped cedar coffin under a glass dome on a trailer behind the Russian jeep. Thousands of sol... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:10:00 GMT 2016-11-30T19:10:00Z Raul Castro, regional leaders honor Fidel Castro at rally HAVANA (AP) — Regional leaders and tens of thousands of Cubans jammed the Plaza of the Revolution on Tuesday night, celebrating Fidel Castro on the spot where he delivered fiery speeches to mammoth crowds in the years after he seized power. The presidents of Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and South Africa, along with leaders of a host of smaller nati... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:55:00 GMT 2016-11-30T03:55:00Z Castro's death is bittersweet for nostalgic Cuban exiles MIAMI (AP) — Joaquin Palacio adored his grandfather's tobacco farm in Cuba's lush Pinar Del Rio province. As a boy he learned to plow the land, grow crops and ride his black horse, Centella. Before Fidel Castro, it was a place for vacations from the family's home in Havana, and a classroom for learning responsibility and hard work. "It ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:56:00 GMT 2016-11-29T20:56:00Z Trek to Castro's final resting spot traces revolution's past HAVANA (AP) — After his band of bearded rebels won power in 1959, Fidel Castro embarked on a victory tour delivering speeches to cheering crowds stretching from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago to Havana. Starting Wednesday, his ashes will retrace that journey in a solemn procession to his final resting spot. The trip is fraught with symbolism as the is... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:04:00 GMT 2016-11-29T14:04:00Z The Latest: Trump slams CNN over baseless voter fraud claim WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 10 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump is lashing out on Twitter as he faces questions about his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. On Monday night, Trump retweeted a series of messages that were critical of a CNN reporter who called the a... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:18:00 GMT 2016-11-29T04:18:00Z Trump's threat to end Cuba detente may rouse GOP opposition WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's threat Monday to "terminate" the U.S. detente with Cuba could trigger opposition from some Republican lawmakers and corporate leaders who favor continued engagement with Havana. Since 2014, when President Barack Obama began to normalize relations with the island, the United States has taken numerous steps t... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:00 GMT 2016-11-29T00:08:00Z First commercial US-Havana flight lands as country mourns HAVANA (AP) — Passengers erupted into applause as the first commercial flight from the United States to Havana in more than 50 years landed in Cuba, arriving as the island begins week-long memorial services for revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Cubans saluted the packed American Airlines flight by spraying water from firetrucks above the plane as it taxi... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:30:00 GMT 2016-11-28T21:30:00Z First flight in half century leaves Miami bound for Havana MIAMI (AP) — Just three days after the death of Fidel Castro, the first regularly scheduled flight to Cuba's capital in more than a half-century has left from Miami. Several airlines began routes to other Cuban cities earlier this year; Monday morning's flight was the first of the new Havana-bound service and the first of four daily flights American Airlines plans out of Mia... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:19:00 GMT 2016-11-28T21:19:00Z The Latest: Cubans line up to sign oath to revolution HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The White House says neither President Barack Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service for Fidel Castro. White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday ruled out the leaders' attendance at serv... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:49:00 GMT 2016-11-28T19:49:00Z Cubans bid Fidel Castro farewell, pledge loyalty to system HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Cubans bade farewell to Fidel Castro on Monday, pledging allegiance to his socialist ideology and paying tribute before images of the leader as a young guerrilla gazing out over the country he would come to rule for nearly half a century. Lines stretched for hours outside the Plaza of the Revolution, the massive plaz... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:00 GMT 2016-11-28T19:47:00Z