When she was 3 months old, Alexa Prieto she contracted a severe infection, and doctors amputated her legs to save her life. The now 3-year-old girl arrived in Miami Thursday on a humanitarian visa for treatment and prostheses that fit.
In the year since President Trump announced a new Cuba policy in Miami, travel and business have slowed and it's harder for Cubans to get visas to come to the United States. Although not necessarily related to the tougher rhetoric coming from Washington, the number of documented human rights cases is down too.
The black boxes from a May 18 crash of a Boeing 737 in Cuba have been sent to the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington for analysis. While the U.S.-Cuba relationship has cooled under President Trump, cooperation continues on a technical level.
José Luis Muñoz Toca, a top official of the General Customs Agency, told reporters at a news conference in Havana on Wednesday that his agency confiscated more than three tons of merchandise sent by companies abroad. Four legal charges of contraband have been filed, Muñoz said, without identifying the countries of the companies involved.
Environmental disasters on the bay in Cienfuegos, Cuba, have been happening for years. An oil spill in 1986 caused severe contamination, and the cleanup work lasted for five months. In 2001, a spill of arsenic from a fertilizer plant alarmed area residents and led the government to ban all fishing.
This Cold War tale, which centers on an affair between Fidel Castro and former TV journalist Lisa Howard, will also feature a cast of other high-profile characters including Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as, Castro's revolutionary sidekick Ernest "Che" Guevara.
Mysterious health ailments that seem to be associated with auditory episodes have affected diplomatic personnel in both Cuba and China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a multi-agency task force that will be investigating what happened.
For more than 50 years, mail between the United States and Cuba had to travel via third countries. Now a pilot program that began in 2016 has resulted in permanent direct mail service between the two countries.
When the wife of Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel traveled with him on an official visit to Venezuela, the couple was extensively photographed. But Cuban state media studiously avoided identifying the woman in the photos.
Cubans are using the balance of their cellphone accounts with the government's ETECSA telecommunications monopoly as a virtual currency sometimes called "el ETECSO." The practice is likely to expand further with a new measure that will allow Cubans to make three balance transfers per day, instead of the current limit of one.