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These Snakes Don't Capture Prey Like You Might Expect

Cuban boas apparently coordinate the hunt

(Newser) - Time to nix that belief you've been clinging to that snakes are "mostly solitary and stupid," Vladimir Dinets tells Gizmodo . The University of Tennessee researcher has found one particular Caribbean species that apparently hunts together. Dinets' study in the Animal Behavior and Cognition journal details his research... More »

He Won Fight to Leave Prison, Now Faces Deportation

Rene Lima-Marin is in ICE custody

(Newser) - Rene Lima-Marin may not be reunited with his family after all. The Colorado man freed from prison, rearrested , then ordered freed once again was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement just before he was due to walk free Wednesday and could now be deported, reports the Denver Post . The... More »

Cuba's Capital Now Has a Luxury Mall

It's run by the military's tourism arm

(Newser) - The saleswomen in L'Occitane en Provence's new Havana store make $12.50 a month. The acacia eau de toilette they sell costs $95.20 a bottle. A few doors down, a Canon EOS camera goes for $7,542.01. A Bulgari watch, $10,200. In the heart of... More »

Condoms an Integral Part of the Process at Cuba Winery

They cover jars, inflate as wine ages

(Newser) - The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger, and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum. From... More »

White Sox Player Ate His Passport on a Plane

Jose Abreu testified he had to get rid of fake doc before landing in US

(Newser) - Some people snack on the peanuts offered on airline flights; Jose Abreu scarfs down beer and pieces of his passport. That's what the first baseman for the Chicago White Sox testified Wednesday in Miami at a trial for a baseball agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball... More »

Cuba a Hot Spot for US Travelers? Not So Much

Airlines are scaling back flights to Cuba just months after launching them

(Newser) - It seems Cuba isn't the hot-spot destination US airlines thought it was going to be when they started offering flights to the communist nation for the first time in half a century last year. It started in November when American Airlines announced it was reducing its service to Cuba,... More »

Obama Is Ending Cubans' Special Immigration Privileges

Official says Obama will do away with longstanding 'wet foot, dry foot' policy

(Newser) - President Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to US soil to stay and become a legal resident, the AP reports. The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately, according a senior administration official. The decision follows months... More »

This Will Be the 1st Cuban Export to US

Artisanal charcoal is used in pizza and bread ovens

(Newser) - Artisanal charcoal will become the first legal Cuban export to the US in decades under a deal announced Thursday between Cuba's government and the former lawyer for imprisoned US government contractor Alan Gross. Attorney Scott Gilbert said a company that he founded will buy 40 tons of charcoal made... More »

How to Pay Off $276M Debt? Cuba Gets Creative

Havana wants to offer bottles of rum that would keep Czech Republic liquored up for more than 100 years

(Newser) - Who says arguments can't be settled and accounts squared over a good bottle of booze—or many of them. Cuba is apparently considering that route in taking care of the $276 million it owes the Czech Republic, with the BBC reporting the proposed volume of rum would last the... More »

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 »

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