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Cuba Lays Fidel Castro to Rest

Revolutionary leader quietly interred in ceremony made private at last minute

(Newser) - Fidel Castro's ashes were being interred in a private ceremony Sunday morning after Cuban officials canceled plans to broadcast the events live on national and international television at the last minute. International media were also barred, reports the AP . The remains of the man who ruled Cuba for a... More »

Trump Says He Could 'Terminate' Obama's Cuba Deal

'If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people...'

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to end the detente with Cuba initiated by the Obama administration. In a tweet a bit longer than the one he wrote to mark Fidel Castro's death , Trump tweeted Monday he "will terminate" President Obama's reestablishment of diplomatic ties and normalization of... More »

Sister Honors Fidel Castro by Insulting Trump

(Newser) - Juanita Castro hadn't spoken to her brother in 52 years and previously called him a "counter-revolutionary worm," per the Times , but with his death , she feels as though "something is missing." Castro—who initially supported Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba but began working against... More »

Tourists in Cuba Find Themselves in Historic Moment

Havana is suddenly extremely subdued

(Newser) - They came for salsa music and mojitos and ended up wandering through a city turned still and silent by nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro . As Cuba prepares a massive commemoration for the leader of its socialist revolution, tens of thousands of high-season travelers have found themselves accidental... More »

World Responds to Fidel Castro Death

Cuba has entered 9 days of national mourning

(Newser) - Cuba is officially in mourning, Miami is unofficially in party mode , and much of the rest of Latin America and the world is split over the death of Fidel Castro . The Cuban government has announced that after nine days of national mourning, the 90-year-old leader will be interred at a... More »

In Miami, Cubans Celebrate Castro's Death

It was party time in Little Havana

(Newser) - Within half an hour of the Cuban government's official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died , Miami's Little Havana teemed with life—and cheers. Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation early Saturday. Honking and strains of... More »

Cuba's Fidel Castro Dead at 90

His brother Raul announces it on state media

(Newser) - Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism, and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at... More »

US Cancer Patients Become Unlikely Cuban Drug Smugglers

'American treatments were not helping me. What other choice did I have?'

(Newser) - "When we were children, we were taught that Cubans didn't know what they were doing," 69-year-old Mick Phillips says. "Turns out they do." The New York Times looks at American lung cancer patients, like Phillips, who are traveling to Cuba and smuggling back a cancer... More »

Why Cubans Fish With Condoms

The inventive practice makes use of limited resources

(Newser) - Juan Luis Rosello sat for three hours on Havana's Malecon esplanade as the wind blew in from the Florida Straits, pushing the waves hard against the seawall of Havana's coastal boulevard. As darkness settled and the wind switched direction, Rosello pulled four condoms from a satchel and began... More »

TripAdvisor Gets Feds' OK to Book Travel Services to Cuba

It 'looks forward to helping travelers all over the world discover Cuba'

(Newser) - Travel website TripAdvisor announced Friday that it can now help you book a flight to Cuba, find a place to stay there, and see the attractions it has to offer. The AP reports TripAdvisor is among a few companies to receive licenses from the US Department of the Treasury's... More »

Cuban Cigars Just Got Much Easier to Obtain

Obama lifts restrictions on the smokes as well as rum

(Newser) - Good news for lovers of Cuban cigars and rum: The White House said Friday it's eliminating a $100 limit on the value of those items that American travelers can bring back from the island, reports AP . Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties as... More »

Donald Conducted Illegal Business in Cuba: Newsweek

Report says Trump's secret business venture in Havana in late '90s broke trade embargo

(Newser) - First Kurt Eichenwald dove into Donald Trump's business ties abroad . Now, in a new éxposé for Newsweek , the writer reveals Trump's company secretly conducted business in Cuba in the late '90s, even though such dealings were illegal under the American trade embargo. Based on interviews with... More »

JetBlue Touches Down in Cuba in Historic Flight

It's the first commercial trip in more than 50 years

(Newser) - Milestone: The first commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War, reports the AP . The jaunt from Fort Lauderdale took only 45... More »

Fidel Castro Celebrates 90th by Criticizing Obama

He has words for the president in his 90th-birthday letter

(Newser) - Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday Saturday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. In his letter, Castro accompanied his thanks with reminiscences about his childhood and youth in eastern Cuba, describing the geology and plant life of the... More »

Fly to Cuba Starting Next Month for $99

JetBlue first domestic airline to offer commercial flights, with others soon to follow

(Newser) - For the first time in more than half a century, a domestic airline will be offering commercial flights to Cuba, and the price looks right. Consumerist reports that starting Aug. 31, JetBlue will be hosting three-times-a-week puddle-jumping jaunts from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, about... More »

Search for 15 People Lost at Sea Called Off

Most of them were Cubans

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard said Sunday it has called off a search for 15 people reported missing in an attempt to reach the US Virgin Islands, the AP reports. Survivors who were rescued nearly a week ago near the British Virgin Islands told officials that 13 Cubans, a Colombian, and... More »

Cuba's Elian Gonzalez Is Now a Bearded College Grad

He received a degree in industrial engineering this week

(Newser) - Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy at the center of a tense 2000 international custody battle that became a cause celebre and raised tensions on both sides of the Florida Straits, is a college graduate, the AP reports. Cuban government website Cubadebate said Friday that the now 22-year-old Gonzalez received... More »

6 Members of Cuban Volleyball Team Detained in Rape Case in Finland

Team was there for a tournament

(Newser) - Finnish police have released two members of Cuba's national men's volleyball team but are holding six others on suspicion of aggravated rape, an investigator said Monday. Police will request that a regional court on Tuesday order the six men to be remanded in custody to continue the investigation... More »

US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba

155 flights per week approved Friday by Department of Transportation

(Newser) - Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the US to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, the AP reports. The airlines—American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country—were approved by the Department of Transportation for a total of... More »

Cheering Cubans Greet 1st US Cruise Ship in Decades

"This is history," Cuban nurse says

(Newser) - Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the US to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. Many watching the festive... More »

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