Cuba government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cuba government 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 Cuba a year from getting new, non-Castro president HAVANA (AP) — If all goes as expected, in exactly one year President Raul Castro will hand responsibility for Cuba's faltering economy and aging, disaffected population to a little-known, 57-year-old Communist Party official. It will be the first time since its founding in 1959 that the Cuban state has not been led by a member of the Castro family. First ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:04:00 GMT 2017-02-24T05:04:00Z 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 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 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 Is demand for travel to Cuba flattening? Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether new travel restrictions could be imposed when Donald Trump takes office. Gregory Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a tour company that's taken 3,000 Americans to Cuba, confirms there has been a softening ... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:25:00 GMT 2016-12-07T22:25:00Z 1st Cuban migrants land in Florida since Castro's death MIAMI (AP) — Thirteen Cuban migrants who arrived early Tuesday in the Florida Keys aboard a homemade boat are the first to land on U.S. soil since Fidel Castro died, U.S. authorities said, adding they're on alert amid an ongoing surge in sea crossings. The migrants were all in good health after arriving on Big Pine Key around 4 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:36:00 GMT 2016-12-06T18:36:00Z 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 The Latest: No tears shed by Miami exiles for Castro funeral SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Cuban exile Armando Garcia was at the Versailles restaurant in Miami's Little Havana on Sunday when Fidel Castro was being interred in the island's eastern city of Santiago. Regulars sipped espressos and s... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:35:00 GMT 2016-12-04T16:35:00Z Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro NEW YORK (AP) — As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro's Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn't hesitate to accept. "He was an interesting, controversial, obviousl... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:30:00 GMT 2016-12-04T02:30:00Z 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 Castro's death celebrations collide with Art Basel Miami WYNWOOD, Fla. (AP) — "Fidel, may you rot in hell." That was the stark message on a mural outside a popular thrift store in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood that had dozens waiting in line to sign their name. The trendy neighborhood is known for graffiti art outside most businesses. This year, the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro came just days before near... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:05:00 GMT 2016-12-03T01:05:00Z Cuban family reveals complex reaction to Castro death SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — When Nancy Belcourt was a girl, two of her uncles fled their home in the central Cuban countryside to join rebels fighting a counter-revolution against Fidel Castro. One was shot to death by firing squad, his bones found by Belcourt's family many years later. Another was shot and killed while fighting Castro's men in the Escambray mountains in 1963. ... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:21:00 GMT 2016-12-01T17:21:00Z In Africa, Latin America, Fidel Castro inspired many SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The leader of a small, Caribbean nation, Fidel Castro was a major figure across much of the world, inspiring quixotic insurgencies, pouring soldiers into successful wars of liberation, helping define the politics of a whole continent. His death has been met with mourning, honors and recriminations. Yet in Latin America, Cu... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:31:00 GMT 2016-11-30T22:31:00Z 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 Some blacks applaud Castro legacy of racial equality DETROIT (AP) — The Fidel Castro that Sam Riddle and many other African-Americans admired was not the revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the island nation in an iron grip. To them, he was a freedom fighter who cared about improving the lives of all Cubans, regardless of race. Castro, who died Friday at age 90, sought out bl... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:10:00 GMT 2016-11-29T06:10:00Z 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 Cuban-American millennials anticipate role in evolving Cuba MIAMI (AP) — When 25-year-old illustrator Michelle Alfonso traveled to Cuba this year, she became the first in her family to go back to their ancestral homeland in more than a half-century — and it made her feel "whole again." Alfonso, a New Yorker, says more Cuban-Americans should make the trip, especially now that the nation's longtime leader and the ne... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:23:00 GMT 2016-11-28T19:23:00Z 10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BUSY SLATE FOR TRUMP IN NEW YORK The president-elect has more top posts to fill while trying to tamp down a distraction over his own Twitter offensive about widespread voter fraud. 2. WHAT IS MOBILIZING A CARIBB... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:28:00 GMT 2016-11-28T10:28:00Z Miami Cuban celebration turns to reflection on Castro death MIAMI (AP) — Celebration turned to somber reflection and church services Sunday as Cuban-Americans in Miami largely stayed off the streets following a raucous daylong party in which thousands marked the death of Fidel Castro. One Cuban exile car dealer, however, sought to turn the revolutionary socialist's death into a quintessential capitalist deal by of... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:40:00 GMT 2016-11-28T00:40:00Z Castro shunned statues, monuments but still became icon There are no statues of Fidel Castro in Cuba. No school, street, government building or city bears his name. And while his likeness stares back from billboards and official portraits, it is absent from pesos and postage stamps. As the island's unchallenged leader for nearly a half-century before falling ill in 2006, Castro forbade monuments in his honor m... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:37:00 GMT 2016-11-28T00:37:00Z