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Unexplained attacks in Cuba have left U.S. diplomats with brain damage

U.S. diplomats subjected to mysterious attacks in Cuba have suffered brain damage, doctors report, including problems with their hearing, vision, balance and memory. Medical tests show that the white matter in the patients' brains, which helps parts of the brain communicate, has been disturbed...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:27pm

What is a sonic attack?

Over the past few months, mysterious reports have come out of Cuba about U.S. diplomats suffering injuries such as hearing loss because of a "sonic attack." CNN reported that U.S. and Canadian diplomats and their families have been subject to a "mystery sonic weapon" in Havana...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:42pm

Trump to limit Cuba travel, restrict business deals with military: U.S. officials

President Donald Trump on Friday will announce a plan to tighten rules on Americans traveling to Cuba and significantly restrict U.S. companies from doing business with Cuban enterprises controlled by the military, senior White House officials said on Thursday. Trump will lay out his new Cuba...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 4:37pm

Expedia begins offering online booking for hotels in Cuba

Online travel services company Expedia said on Tuesday it had started offering online booking for hotels in Communist-run Cuba, hoping to capitalize on a boom in tourism to the Caribbean island. Expedia joins a dozen U.S. airlines and cruise operators that have already ventured into the Cuban...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:01am

Trump blames Obama for releasing 122 Gitmo prisoners mostly set free by Bush

According to the latest “alternative fact” from President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama was responsible for releasing 122 “vicious” prisoners from Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.In a, you guessed it, tweet just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, Trump said that the prisoners “have returned...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 11:52am

Artists from New York, Cuba celebrate Afro-Cuban culture with drama-dance recital

A mythical goddess of the sea will come to life on stage this weekend at City College via the world premiere of “Siete Mares,” or “Seven Seas.”The dance-drama performance was written, choreographed and directed by Danys “La Mora” Pérez, founder of New York-based Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental...

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 8:18pm

Walk on a Havana street without leaving NYC at ¡Cuba!

The fossil of a giant sloth is not a highlight one might expect to find at an exhibit about Cuba, the dynamic island just 90 miles south of Florida. Yet it's an oddly fitting start to ¡Cuba!, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History about the island nation’s traditions, biodiversity...

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:10pm

Philly to Cuba flights may start in fall 2016

Flights between Philadelphia and Cuba may start in Fall of 2016, as federal transportation officials have approved six U.S. airlines to make the once-forbidden journey.The airlines approved for Cuba flights are: American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest...

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 11:50pm

Usher and Kal Penn visit Cuba's University of the Arts

A U.S. delegation of cultural leaders and artists, including Usher and Kal Penn, arrived in Havana, Cuba on Monday (April 18), as part of a four-day artistic exchange.The 33-person cultural delegation visited Cuba's famous University of the Arts, where musicians performed a concert with classical...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:29pm

NYC filmmaker shares parents’ love story that started in Cuba and made its way to Queens

In her debut film, one New York City filmmaker shares her parents’ unique love story and takes viewers on a trip through history. Judy Schiller is the writer and director behind the documentary “It Happened in Havana: A Yiddish Love Story,” a film that highlights the story of her parents, Reuben...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 2:30pm

Chris Christie to Obama: Tell Cuba to give back fugitive cop killer

On the heels of President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has renewed his call to have the island nation return convicted New Jersey fugitive Joanne Chesimard.The president should use his influence to secure the return of Chesimard, who was convicted in 1977 of the...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:38pm

Obama to meet Raul Castro on historic Cuba trip

U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions.Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their...

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 3:29pm

With Havana trip, Obama seeks to make history

Barack Obama's historic visit to Havana next week may be the closest he comes to a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, but he also has another more practical goal: to make his opening to Cuba irreversible for the next U.S. president.The Obama administration hopes that getting more U.S. companies invested...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 3:45pm

Obama tells Cuban dissidents he will discuss rights with Castro

U.S. President Barack Obama promised one of Cuba's most prominent dissident groups he would raise the issues of freedom of speech and assembly with Cuban President Raul Castro during his March 20-22 visit to the Caribbean island.In a letter dated March 10, Obama praised the work of the Ladies in...

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 4:07am

Rolling Stones to host free concert in Havana this March

The Rolling Stones will perform a free outdoor concert in Havana on March 25, the band announced on Tuesday, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group's music as an "ideological deviation."The band added the Concert for Amity show - likely to be the biggest...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 2:14am

9/11 suspect describes torment at Guantanamo Bay

A Yemeni man accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks testified on Wednesday that Guantanamo Bay guards have used noises and vibrations to torment him for years, but a prosecutor questioned his mental state.Ramzi bin al Shibh, 43, was questioned for more than two hours about the alleged abuse, which...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:44pm

Plan to close Gitmo includes 13 US prison sites, costs up to $475 million

The Pentagon plan to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, references 13 potential sites for detainees to be transferred to U.S. soil but does not endorse a specific facility, administration officials said on Tuesday.The cost of the transfer and closure would be $290 million to $475...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 8:33pm

Obama to visit Cuba

President Barack Obama will visit Cuba in the coming weeks, a senior administration official said on Wednesday, making a historic trip in the final year of his presidency that will mark a turning point in U.S. relations with a long-time Cold War foe.The White House plans to announce the visit on...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 4:53pm

Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba's tourism industry

Cuba's tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island.Its tropical weather, rich musical traditions, famed cigars and classic cars were for...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:47pm

Obama fighting lame duck status, will deliver 'non-traditional' State of the Union

President Barack Obama plans to change things up next month when he delivers the annual State of the Union address.Obama will speak to both houses of Congress on Jan. 12, and instead of the usual laundry list of policy proposals, he will speak in more rhetorical terms about the issues facing...

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 5:12am