Hungry in overwhelmed Texas town, migrants slip back into Mexico for food

By Alexandra Ulmer CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO (Reuters) – Ernesto, a 31-year-old Haitian migrant, waded knee-deep through the Rio Grande river that separates the United States and Mexico. He wasn’t heading to the United States, though. He was leaving a migrant encampment in Del Rio, Texas, on Thursday to slip back into Mexico’s Ciudad Acuña to […]

Tropical Storm Ida strengthens as it heads toward US

Tropical storm Ida was churning through the Caribbean toward the US Gulf Coast Friday and could hit the southern United States as a major hurricane, forecasters said. As of Friday morning, Ida was steaming northwest with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) through the Caribbean, where the National Hurricane Center said “life-threatening […]

US urges release of Cubans month after rare protests

The United States on Wednesday renewed its calls on Cuba to free protesters one month after unprecedented street protests on the communist island. “As the world witnessed their call for freedom, the Cuban government persists in responding with repression. We remain committed to supporting Cubans seeking a better life,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote […]

Republican Paul Gosar blasts Kevin McCarthy and RNC chairwoman: ‘For the love of everything holy’

The “America First” message pushed by former President Donald Trump is colliding with the GOP’s longstanding opposition to communism. The schism was revealed on Saturday when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised the Cubans protesting their government. “To every Cuban who craves freedom: Republicans hear you! We stand with you!” McCarthy tweeted. Republican National Committee […]

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U.S. to impose sanctions on Cuban officials over crackdown on protests

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to announce U.S. sanctions on Thursday against several Cuban officials over their role in a crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this month, people familiar with the matter said. The sanctions are expected to be imposed on security force officials accused of human rights abuses against […]

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U.S. expected to take initial steps soon in aftermath of Cuba protests: officials

By Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to soon announce initial steps as part of the Biden administration’s review of Cuba policy and in response to Havana’s crackdown on the biggest street protests in decades, State Department officials said on Monday. The senior officials’ comments further […]

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Cuban government holds mass rally in Havana after protests

By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – Raul Castro was among thousands who attended a government-organized rally in Havana on Saturday to denounce the U.S. trade embargo and reaffirm their support for Cuba’s revolution, a week after unprecedented protests rocked the communist-run country. Government supporters gathered on the city’s seafront boulevard before dawn to wave Cuban […]

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Can the US ‘restore’ internet to Cuba?

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that Washington bring full internet access to Cuba following government restrictions could break new ground on digital rights but face major technical and geopolitical hurdles. Biden’s statement followed calls by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who said the US should look at satellites, balloons and offshore hotspots […]

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Amid wave of repression in Cuba, Biden says he won’t lift restrictions on remittances

Departing from a campaign promise, President Joe Biden said he will not reverse restrictions on remittances to Cuba imposed by the previous Republican administration unless he gets guarantees the money would not fill the communist government’s coffers. The six-decade-old regime has been shaken by islandwide anti-government street demonstrations and responded by unleashing a wave of […]

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Blaming US for protests, Cuba official says actions could trigger exodus from the island

Accusing the U.S. of masterminding and financing the massive protests in Cuba this week, the island’s foreign minister issued a veiled threat that American actions could trigger a new exodus of Cubans to the United States. “I accuse the government of the United States of being directly involved and of having serious responsibility in the […]

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Raúl Castro reappears in emergency meeting prompted by protests in Cuba

Raúl Castro, the octogenarian leader who is still the ultimate authority in Cuba, came out of retirement to attend an emergency meeting of the Communist Party’s Politburo to deal with the islandwide protests that have shaken the six-decade-old regime. The meeting, reported by the official Communist Party daily Granma, took place on Sunday, the day […]

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Cuba leader denies repression, says blackouts and US embargo led to massive protests

Without making any acknowledgment of the deep discontent with his government shown by protesters chanting “down with the dictatorship” across the island on Sunday, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel said Monday the massive uprisings were the “cumulative” result of U.S. policies. He said the majority of people participating in the huge protests across the island Sunday, […]

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‘Feelings of dissatisfaction:’ Cuba’s leader blames US embargo for unprecedented protests

Without making any acknowledgment of the deep discontent with his government shown by protesters chanting “down with the dictatorship” across the island on Sunday, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel said Monday the massive uprisings were the “cumulative” result of U.S. policies. He said the majority of people participating in the massive protests across the island on […]

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Hurricane Elsa threatens Caribbean

Hurricane Elsa churned through the Caribbean early Saturday, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on violence-wracked Haiti. The Category 1 storm weakened slightly overnight and was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour. At 5:00am (0900 GMT), it was just south of Hispaniola — which is made up […]

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Pentagon staff think brain injuries in over 130 American diplomats may have been a Russian military attack

Starting five years ago a group of American diplomats serving in Cuba and China began experiencing severe health issues. In some cases, it has resulted in brain damage. According to the New York Times, the attacks have continued all across the world and into Europe. The Pentagon thinks the Russian military GRU is behind it. […]

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US investigates more ‘Havana syndrome’ attacks: senators

US senators said Friday that the government is investigating an apparent increase in mysterious directed-energy attacks dubbed “Havana syndrome”, amid new reports of potentially brain-damaging incidents inside the country. Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Marco Rubio, who lead the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement after two media reports saying attacks had taken place […]

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Russia, Cuba seek closer ‘strategic partnership’

Russian President Vladimir Putin called communist Cuba’s new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Tuesday to discuss strengthening the two countries’ “strategic partnership,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana. The call came the day after Diaz-Canel took over from Raul Castro as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba […]

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60 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion, no regime change appears likely in Cuba

MIAMI — With his back to the beach where he had landed in an invasion to liberate his country, 16-year-old Humberto Martinez was just minutes away from execution. “Hold up, El Caballo wants them captured,” Martinez recalled a lieutenant saying, relaying orders from Fidel Castro — nicknamed “the Horse” — to the improvised firing squad […]

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