Colombian human smugglers Carlos Ibarguen Palacios and Jhoan Carreazo Asprilla were sentenced to 45 years and 50 years, respectively, after they raped one person and killed two people they were supposed to be smuggling.
Instead of the honeymoon they had planned, Aaron Burmeister and Ashley McNeil spent six months in a Cuban jail before they were expelled from Cuba by plane back to the U.S. in September 2018, for stealing a sailboat from a Big Pine Key harbor.
The Cuban government has cracked down on opposition activists with arrests and home raids ahead of a vote on changes to its Constitution. Cuban American Senator Marco Rubio threatened to impose new sanctions.
After an F4 tornado hit Havana, Cuba, private citizens have helped neighbors, and Cuban Americans on Facebook, medical students and Catholic charities also have been delivering supplies like ice, medicine.
More than 2,000 Cuban doctors in Brazil who defied Havana orders to go home have asked Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez for help. The Brazilian government said it would end its Mais Medicos program and not offer the doctors new jobs.
If the Nicolás Maduro regime falls in Venezuela, Cuba could be sunk into its own crisis. The Communist island could lose subsidies from the South American country and lose 12 percent of its GDP, analysts say.
A Cuban man who worked for Cuba’s security forces is facing a federal charge after agents say he lied about his employment on his application to become a permanent U.S. resident. Saul Santos Ferro lives in Miami.
Freedom House’s annual “Freedom in the World” report says 68 countries had net declines in political rights and civil liberties during 2018. In the Americas, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba were places to watch.
Leader Nicolás Maduro sent 100 tons of aid to Cuba after a tornado hit Havana last week amid Venezuela’s own humanitarian and political crisis. The shipment included construction machinery and materials.
A meteorite that ended up impacting Cuba was seen flying over the Florida Keys Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Key West began receiving reports about it shortly after noon from Marathon and Islamorada.
In Cuba, the Sweet Lizzy Project was an anomaly: a rock ‘n’ roll band that sang in English. With the help of Miami-born Raúl Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks, the band made the transition from Havana to Nashville. It’ll appear Saturday at Miami’s Olympia Theater.
In Cuba, the Sweet Lizzy Project was an anomaly: a rock ‘n’ roll band that sang in English. With the help of Miami-born Raúl Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks, the band made the transition from Havana to Nashville. They’ll appear Saturday in Miami.