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May 15, 2024 at 10:22 PM

Cuba removed from short list of countries deemed uncooperative on counterterrorism

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has removed Cuba from the State Department's short list of countries deemed as not cooperating as much as they could in counterterrorism efforts
May 15, 2024 at 10:22 PM
A person waves a Cuban flag during a gathering marking International Workers' Day at Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Square in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)
3 months ago

Former US ambassador accused of spying for Cuba to plead guilty

Manuel Rocha is set to formally change his plea and face sentencing in April.
3 months ago
The Miami Herald profiled former Ambassador Victor Manuel Rocha in 2003, when he joined the firm of Steel Hector & Davis to help open doors in Latin America.
8 months ago

Molotov cocktails tossed at Cuban Embassy in Washington, minister says

The Cuban embassy staff "suffered no harm," and "details are being worked out," Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said.
8 months ago
The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy.
10 months ago

Imprisoned Cuban rapper sewed his mouth shut in protest of government's mistreatment

A Cuban rapper, who helped write the 2021 Latin Grammy song of the year, sewed his own mouth shut to protest his alleged mistreatment in prison.
10 months ago
10 months ago

Cuban government calls US nuclear submarine stop a 'provocative escalation'

The Cuban Foreign Ministry called the stop of a US nuclear-powered submarine at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay a "provocative escalation" on Tuesday.
10 months ago
The USS Pasadena returns to Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, Mar. 30, 2017 after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
1 year ago

Humanitarian crisis in Haiti

ABC News’ Matt Rivers reports on the ground from Haiti as violent gangs, disease and hunger deepen a humanitarian crisis and threaten the future of the country.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Humanitarian crisis in Haiti
1 year ago

Cuban migrants fly into Key West airport on motorized hang glider

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider Saturday morning, authorities said.
1 year ago
Two Cuban migrants were taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody after landing at the Key West International Airport onboard a powered hang glider, Mar. 25, 2023.
1 year ago

2 Cuban migrants fly hang glider to US

The duo landed at Key West International Airport and were turned over to U.S. border patrol for processing.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 2 Cuban migrants fly hang glider to US
1 year ago

Former US defense analyst arrested for spying for Cuba released from federal prison

A former U.S. defense intelligence agency analyst convicted of spying for Cuba was released from federal prison on Friday, prison officials confirmed with ABC News.
1 year ago
An undated handout image from a U.S. Department of Defense report dating back to 2005 shows Ana Belen Montes receiving a national intelligence certificate of distinction from George Tenet, who served as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) for the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
2 years ago

Haiti seeks help from the West amid multiple humanitarian crises

Jaqueline Charles, Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald, explains the challenges Haiti faces, as the United Nations struggles to find a helpful solution.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Haiti seeks help from the West amid multiple humanitarian crises
2 years ago

Widespread blackout, damage after Hurricane Ian strikes Cuba

Cuba is recovering from extensive damage and widespread power outages in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
2 years ago
A classic American car drives past utility poles tilted by Hurricane Ian in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Sept. 27, 2022.
2 years ago

Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba's electric system

A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba has spread, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key plant.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba's electric system
2 years ago

White House expands flights to Cuba, reverses other Trump admin restrictions

The deal is pending approval by the Cuban government but could open the door for additional American dollars flowing to entrepreneurs in the island nation.
2 years ago
The deal is pending approval by the Cuban government but could open the door for additional American dollars flowing to entrepreneurs in the island nation.
2 years ago

8 killed in Cuba hotel explosion

An explosion caused by an apparent gas leak killed at least eight people and injured dozens more at a 5-star hotel in downtown Havana.
2 years ago
VIDEO: 8 killed in Cuba hotel explosion
2 years ago

26 dead in apparent gas explosion at hotel in Cuba

Twenty-six people are dead, including four minors, from an explosion at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, apparently caused by a gas leak.
2 years ago
Rooms are exposed at the five-star Hotel Saratoga where emergency crew work after a deadly explosion in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 6, 2022.
2 years ago

Explosion at Cuban hotel leaves 8 dead

A gas leak is suspected as the cause of the blast at Hotel Saratoga in the Old Havana neighborhood.
2 years ago
A gas leak is suspected as the cause of the blast at Hotel Saratoga in the Old Havana neighborhood.
3 years ago

U.S. officials working on release of 16 American hostages in Haiti

ABC News’ Marcus Moore reports on the latest developments in the kidnapping of American missionaries in Haiti and the ransom demand of $17 million for their release.
3 years ago
VIDEO: U.S. officials working on release of 16 American hostages in Haiti
3 years ago

'You don’t want to cause more kidnappings': Former hostage negotiator on Haiti

Linsey Davis speaks with ABC News contributor and former senior FBI official Richard Frankel on how U.S. officials might negotiate with the Haitian gang to release the 16 American missionaries.
3 years ago
VIDEO: 'You don’t want to cause more kidnappings': Former hostage negotiator on Haiti
3 years ago

17 missionaries kidnapped by gang in Haiti

The Haitian government said they suspect the 400 Mazowo gang is responsible for the kidnapping of the missionaries.
3 years ago
VIDEO: 17 missionaries kidnapped by gang in Haiti
3 years ago

US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

An urgent effort is underway by U.S. officials to rescue 17 members of an Ohio-based Christian organization who were kidnapped Saturday by a gang in Haiti.
3 years ago
VIDEO: US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
3 years ago

Urgent search for American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Stephen T. Ganyard discusses the consequences of the kidnapping and the current crises Haiti is facing.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Urgent search for American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
3 years ago

FBI makes contact with gang suspected of kidnapping missionary group

The gang in Haiti is suspected of holding 16 U.S. citizens -- including five children -- and one Canadian, and is reportedly demanding $1 million in ransom for each person.
3 years ago
VIDEO: FBI makes contact with gang suspected of kidnapping missionary group
3 years ago

Cuba ambassador on protests: 'There wasn't any shut down of internet"

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with Cuba’s ambassador to the UN Yuri Gala on last month's protests in Cuba amid economic hardships, and the Cuban government’s crackdown.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Cuba ambassador on protests: 'There wasn't any shut down of internet"
3 years ago

US sanctions Cuba over crackdown on protests in 1st steps toward new policy

In his first steps toward his own Cuba policy, President Joe Biden is sanctioning the Cuban defense minister and its special forces.
3 years ago
Anti-government protesters gather at the Maximo Gomez monument in Havana, Cuba, July 11, 2021.
3 years ago

Cuba protesters demand answers for economic crisis

Anti-government protesters in Cuba say the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing issues about food, electricity and basic goods in the country.
3 years ago
Members of an exiled Cuban community react to reports of protests in Cuba, against the deteriorating economy, in North Bergen, N.J, July 13, 2021.
3 years ago

Cuban Americans protest across US

In Miami, Cuban Americans took to the streets for a third day and blocked a highway for hours demanding the U.S. take action to support demonstrators in Cuba.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Cuban Americans protest across US
3 years ago

Cuba blocks social media access amid massive protest movement

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel blames the U.S. embargo for food and fuel shortages that sparked unprecedented demonstrations across the island.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Cuba blocks social media access amid massive protest movement
3 years ago

‘Homeland and life’: Cubans take to streets to demand better living conditions

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with "Belly of the Beast" journalist Reed Lindsay on the outbreak of protests in Cuba as tensions boil over amid a worsening economic crisis.
3 years ago
VIDEO: ‘Homeland and life’: Cubans take to streets to demand better living conditions
3 years ago

Cuba blames protests on US as Biden offers support to demonstrations

Thousands of people took to the streets in Cuba and Miami to protest shortages in food and medicine as the island nation battles COVID-19.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Cuba blames protests on US as Biden offers support to demonstrations
3 years ago

Historic anti-government protests sweep across Cuba

President Joe Biden responded to the largest protests the island has seen in nearly three decades, saying the calls for freedom “must be respected.”
3 years ago
President Joe Biden responded to the largest protests the island has seen in nearly three decades, saying the calls for freedom “must be respected.”
3 years ago

The Breakdown: Cubans take to streets to protest amid food, fuel shortage

Plus, Texas lawmakers battle over voting rights in a special session, and the delta variant fuels surge in COVID-19 cases as students prepare to go back to school.
3 years ago
VIDEO: The Breakdown: Cubans take to streets to protest amid food, fuel shortage
3 years ago

Biden responds to protests in Cuba over food, fuel shortages

President Joe Biden on Monday released a statement in solidarity with the people of Cuba who marched on the island Sunday to protest leadership amid the pandemic.
3 years ago
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting about reducing gun violence with local leaders from around the country, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 12, 2021.
3 years ago

Dramatic images from Cuba

Thousands of people marched across the island Sunday to protest the lack of freedoms and worsening economic conditions.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Dramatic images from Cuba
3 years ago

Thousands protest food and medicine shortages in Cuba

Plus, Haitian authorities have arrested a man with Florida ties and accused him of playing a major role in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. ABC News’ Andrew Dymburt has more.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Thousands protest food and medicine shortages in Cuba
4 years ago

US further restricts air travel to Cuba to increase pressure

Trump is further tightening his administration's pressure campaign against Cuba as it unravels the historic opening implemented by his predecessor Barack Obama.
4 years ago
An American Airlines executive greets travel agents on the tarmac as they arrive in Cienfuegos on American Airlines' inaugural scheduled service from Miami to Cuba in Sept. 2016.
5 years ago

Cuba awaits new vision of its future

The only communist state in the west is at a standstill.
5 years ago
The revolutionary system set up after the was in 1959 is no longer able to cope with the new embargo sanctions and the changing world.
5 years ago

Trump bans tours, cruise ship stops to Cuba

The administration announced new steps to restrict Americans' travel to Cuba.
5 years ago
The Trump administration has announced new steps to further restrict Americans' travel to Cuba, including banning group tours and cruise ship stops to the island nation.
5 years ago

Cultural impact of Cuba travel restrictions

The Jazz at Lincoln Center tour director says bans could affect musicians who want to exchange ideas with Cubans.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Cultural impact of Cuba travel restrictions
5 years ago

More sanctions announced against Cuba

National Security Adviser John Bolton announced a slew of sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua Wednesday.
5 years ago
VIDEO: More sanctions announced against Cuba
5 years ago

Trump to allow lawsuits against companies using confiscated property in Cuba

The Trump administration will be the first to allow lawsuits under a 23-year-old law.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Trump to allow lawsuits against companies using confiscated property in Cuba
5 years ago

Trump admin to allow lawsuits against companies using confiscated property in Cuba

Upping pressure on Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday the Trump administration will allow lawsuits against companies using confiscated property.
5 years ago
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks in the press briefing room of the State Department, March 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo spoke on the release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
5 years ago

Mysterious ailment that affected Americans in Cuba linked to inner-ear damage: Study

U.S. diplomatic personnel residing in Cuba's capital who felt ill after hearing loud, high-pitched sounds or feeling pressure sensations suffered damage to the inner ear.
5 years ago
A classic car drives past the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 3, 2017.
5 years ago

US diplomats in Cuba suffered inner-ear damage, doctors say

"Objective testing showed evidence of a balance disorder that affects the inner ear and a unique pattern of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction," said Dr. Michael Hoffer.
5 years ago
VIDEO: "Objective testing showed evidence of a balance disorder that affects the inner ear and a unique pattern of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction," said Dr. Michael Hoffer.
5 years ago

Cuban government launches 3G service

Cuban citizens will now have internet access on their cellphones.
5 years ago
VIDEO: Cuban government launches 3G service
5 years ago

Cuba lifts ban on cellphone internet access

Cuban citizens are now able to access the internet on their phones for the first time.
5 years ago
VIDEO:  Cuba lifts ban on cellphone internet access
5 years ago

Bank accused of 'trading with the enemy' to help Cuba evade US sanctions

The bank was charged with conspiring to violate the Trading with the Enemy Act.
5 years ago
Societe Generale building on Park Avenue in New York City.
6 years ago

Microwaves possible cause, not 'prime suspect' in US worker illness in Cuba: Doctor

Researchers say they still can't pinpoint the reason for the "health attacks."
6 years ago
A classic car drives past the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 3, 2017.
6 years ago

New 'medically confirmed' case of US employee in Cuba hit in mystery health incidents

A total of 26 U.S. employees in Cuba have been affected to date.
6 years ago
In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, a U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.
6 years ago

More than 100 people killed in Cuban plane crash

Investigators are still trying to figure out why the plane plummeted from the sky.
6 years ago
VIDEO: More than 100 people killed in Cuban plane crash
6 years ago

Jetliner with more than 100 on board crashes during takeoff from Cuba

State media said there were three survivors on the flight, which was heading to the other end of the island.
6 years ago
VIDEO: Jetliner with more than 100 on board crashes during takeoff from Cuba