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Trump Slaps Cuba With Terrorism Label

New sanctions could make it tougher for Biden to improve relations

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Monday redesignated Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism," hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring President-elect Joe Biden's promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island nation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step, the AP reports. He cited...

Tropical Storm Eta Makes Landfall on Cuba, Eyes Fla.

Tropical storm warnings issued for southern Florida, Keys

(Newser) - A strengthened Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on Cuba early Sunday and had its sights set on the southern tip of Florida after leaving dozens dead and over 100 missing in Central America, where it hit last week as a major hurricane. Eta breached Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala...

Suspected Culprit Emerges in Mystery 'Havana Syndrome'

Reports suggest Russia is behind alleged attacks on US diplomats around the world

(Newser) - Remember "Havana syndrome"? That's the term often used to describe the weird, inexplicable ailments that began affecting US diplomats in Cuba in recent years. Now two investigative pieces, one by the New York Times and the other at GQ , seek to shed more light on what's...

Cops: Man Fired AK-47 Into Cuban Embassy in DC

DC shooting is a 'suspected hate crime'

(Newser) - A man armed with an assault rifle was arrested after opening fire outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, early Thursday, his bullets tearing holes into the walls and pillars near the front entrance in what authorities suspect was a hate crime. The gunfire broke out around 2am. outside the...

Ben Affleck Falls Into the Arms of a 'Knockout'

None other than Cuban actress Ana de Armas

(Newser) - "She's a knockout ... and, of course, Ben is Ben." That's how TMZ sums up sightings of Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas on vacation this week in her native country of Cuba. The pair were photographed walking, laughing, posing with fans and restaurant owners—pretty much...

Florida Democrats Furious About Sanders' Cuba Remarks

He said not everything was bad under Castro

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton in Florida's primary in 2016—and after his remarks on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, the Democratic frontrunner may again struggle to win the state this time around. Sanders, asked about his 1985 remark that Cubans didn't rise up against Fidel Castro...

7.7 Quake Triggers Tsunami Threat

Buildings shook as far as Miami

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday, the AP reports. It was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10pm EST and the epicenter...

US Bars All Flights Into Cuba, With One Exception

Planes from United States can only go into Havana in new travel ban

(Newser) - If you'd planned to travel to Cuba, you still can—but only one of the country's 10 main airports will be open starting next month. Per CBS News , at the direction of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US has banned all flights to the island nation, save...

Less Sinister Theory Emerges in Mystery Cuba Illnesses

Ailments coincided with increased fumigation for zika

(Newser) - A new study into the mysterious ailments that plagued US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba has come up with a theory far less sinister than a sonic attack. Researchers say fumigation for mosquitoes might be to blame, reports the Toronto Star . The study, commissioned by the Canadian government, found that...

They Heard a 'Dog' in the Plane's Belly. Then a Voice Asked for Water

Officials bust alleged stowaway in Miami on Swift Air flight from Havana

(Newser) - It sounded like a dog in the cargo hold of the Swift Air plane from Havana that had just landed in Miami early Friday. Then: "I'm not a dog." The voice from the belly of the private charter plane, officials say, was that of a Cuban stowaway,...

Brain Study of Diplomats Reveals 'Medical Mystery'

Those who suffered ailments in Cuba show differences in their MRIs

(Newser) - The first brain-imaging study of US diplomats who reported suffering from mysterious ailments in Cuba appears to back up their story that something happened—but what that might be remains unclear. Researchers say the 40 diplomats studied have clear differences in their brains compared to a control group, they report...

At Havana Terminal, Cruise Ships Replaced by Russian Warship

Russian flotilla arrives in Havana

(Newser) - There were echoes of the Cold War on Monday as one of the Russian Navy's most advanced frigates and several support vessels made their way into the port of Havana, with an American warship watching from just a few miles away. The Admiral Gorshkov, which is armed with cruise...

Sorry, You Missed Your Chance to Cruise to Cuba

Trump administration halts cruises, 'people to people' travel to the island

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by US citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government, the AP reports. The Treasury Department announced that the US...

Cuba Is Rationing Food. Officials Blame US Embargo

There's now widespread rationing of food items, other products

(Newser) - The Cuban government announced Friday that it's launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap, and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Diaz Velazquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order...

Cruise Ship Rescues 23 Adrift for Days in Gulf of Mexico

22 left Cuba in a wooden boat

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard statement issued Sunday says 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A...

Havana Has a New Hemingway Tribute

US and Cuba collaborate on conservation project

(Newser) - US donors and Cuban builders have completed one of the longest-running joint projects between the two countries at a low point in bilateral relations. Officials from the Boston-based Finca Vigia Foundation and Cuba's National Cultural Heritage Council cut the ribbon Saturday evening on a state-of-the-art, $1.2 million conservation...

Canada Being Sued by Its Own Diplomats for $21M

Those suffering from mysterious Cuba ailment say government put them in danger

(Newser) - Some Canadian diplomats are suing their own country. As the BBC reports, the lawsuit stems from the mysterious ailment affecting people who were stationed in Cuba—the same ailment that has struck American diplomats as well. Canada has documented 14 illnesses among its staff, and five of the victims and...

After 14th Illness, Canada Pulls Staff From Cuba Embassy

Cuba calls move 'incomprehensible'

(Newser) - Canada announced Wednesday it is removing up to half of the Canadians at its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat fell mysteriously ill. Canada has confirmed 14 cases of unexplained health problems since early 2017. Twenty-six workers at the US embassy in Cuba have also been affected, suffering a range...

A New, Simpler Theory on Cuban Sonic Mystery

Crickets, say scientists

(Newser) - All kinds of theories have been floated to explain the mysterious noise blamed for ailments akin to brain trauma at the American embassy in Cuba. Now two scientists have put forth the simplest theory of all: crickets. More specifically, the scientists say they believe a certain cricket—the Indies short-tailed...

'Homerun Agreement' Reached Between US, Cuba

Players can sign MLB contracts without defecting

(Newser) - Major League Baseball, its players' association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation have reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021,...

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