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Olympics: Cubans celebrate Olympic showing amid crisis

Aug 08 2021

HAVANA Cubans on Sunday celebrated their 14th place showing in the Olympics' medal ranking, hailed their gold medal winners and said goodbye to the Games that provided a welcome diversion from the many challenges they face.

Cuban government holds mass rally in Havana after protests

Jul 18 2021

HAVANA 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. | Video

Cuba lifts food, medicine customs restrictions after protests

Jul 15 2021

HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuba announced on Wednesday it was temporarily lifting restrictions on the amount of food and medicine travelers could bring into the country in an apparent small concession to demands by protesters who took to the street last weekend.

Cuba arrests activists as government blames unrest on U.S. interference

Jul 13 2021

HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuba blamed historic protests that took place over the weekend on U.S. "economic asphyxiation" and detained some of the highest profile activists, while the Biden administration said it supported the Cuban people's right to demonstrate. | Video

Elsa slows between Haiti and Jamaica after winds cause 2 deaths in Dominican Republic

Jul 03 2021

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) -Two people in the Dominican Republic were killed on Saturday, when a wall collapsed due to heavy winds brought on by Elsa, officials said, though the tropical storm was slowing down as it passed between Haiti and Jamaica.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Haiti, Dominican Republic hit with tropical storm rains as Elsa approaches

Jul 03 2021

SANTO DOMINGO, July 3 A slightly weakened Elsa was close to the southwestern peninsula of Haiti on Saturday, prompting tropical storm warnings for large swaths of Hispaniola, Cuba and Jamaica.

Olympics-Cubans to cheer their boxers and wrestlers, but not ball players, in Tokyo

Jul 02 2021

HAVANA Cuban athletes are preparing to leave for Tokyo and the Olympic Games, with fans ready to cheer them on, disappointed that the national sport of baseball did not make the cut but eager to watch their boxers, wrestlers and others compete.

Cuba encouraged by early efficacy results of homegrown COVID-19 vaccine

Jun 19 2021

HAVANA (Reuters) -Cuba's Soberana 2 vaccine candidate has shown 62% efficacy with just two of its three doses, state-run biopharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma said on Saturday, citing preliminary data from late phase trials.

Pelicans befriend Cuban man living by the sea

Jun 03 2021

GUANIMAR "Michel the noble" and "Panchito the affectionate" are some of the names Leonardo Carrillo has given the pelicans that flock each year to his wooden hut on the southern coast of Cuba. | Video

Baseball diplomacy re-emerges in tense U.S.-Cuban relations

May 19 2021

HAVANA Members of Cuba's baseball team told Reuters on Wednesday the U.S. embassy in Havana had started processing their applications for visas to attend the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament in Florida despite its restrictions on consular services, in a triumph of baseball diplomacy.

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