US restricts visas for Cubans involved in overseas medicine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing visa restrictions on Cuban officials involved in a program that sends doctors around the world. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the program forces Cuban medical professionals to work long hours and live in unsafe areas while advancing what he calls the Cuban government’s “political agenda.” He did […]

Cuban foreign minister: Warming with US is irreversible

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told The Associated Press that while the U.S. administration has cut off most communication with Cuba and is […]

Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

MOSCOW (AP) — 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. Putin told Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that Russia has always remained supportive of Cuba. “It’s not easy to solve economic and social issues […]

US bans charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is banning charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana in a new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island. In October, the administration banned commercial flights to cities outside the capital. The State Department said in a press release Friday that charter operators would have 60 days to wind […]

5 years after detente with US, Cubans say hope has dwindled

HAVANA (AP) — At midday on Dec. 17, 2014, the sound of church bells echoed in Havana as presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations and end nearly 60 decades of hostility. Five years later, it feels almost as if that historic moment never happened, […]

Cuban president says concessions to US would lead nowhere

LAS TUNAS, Cuba (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said he does not believe the Trump administration would drop sanctions on the island in exchange for concessions from his government. The Trump administration says it has been tightening sanctions on Cuba in recent months in order to starve the island’s communist government of cash and […]

Cuban state airline says US sanctions force it to end routes

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s state airline Cubana says it is canceling routes to seven international destinations because of Trump administration sanctions on companies that lease planes to the national carrier. The Trump administration said last Friday that it was revoking licenses of companies that lease aircraft to Cuban state-owned airlines because the airlines use the […]

AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

HAVANA (AP) — The new head of Cuba’s legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Viengsay Valdés, 43, said Alonso’s insistence on classical […]

Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system, died Thursday at age 98. Miguel Cabrera, an official at the National Ballet of Cuba founded by Alonso, said she died at a hospital in Havana. As founder and director […]

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