Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island
Latin America & the Caribbean

Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials blamed the United States late Tuesday for instigating a surge in the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. through Central America amid ongoing efforts to normalize relations between the former Cold War foes. In a statement aired on the government’s nightly broadcast, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations … Continue reading

Colombia’s president traveling to Cuba to promote peace
Latin America & the Caribbean

Colombia’s president traveling to Cuba to promote peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Declaring that “peace is near,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a surprise trip Wednesday to Cuba for a key meeting with government negotiators trying to wrap up talks aimed at ending the country’s long-running conflict. Colombia has been abuzz in recent hours with speculation that the government and negotiators for … Continue reading

Cuban-born painter celebrates 100th birthday
Art

Cuban-born painter celebrates 100th birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera says she’s still bursting with ideas she wants to put on canvas, but the centenarian doesn’t feel any urgency to hurry. “I don’t let anything push me,” said Herrera, who turned 100 on Sunday. She’s been painting since the 1930s. Yet fame arrived late. She sold her … Continue reading

Latin America & the Caribbean / Science / Technology

Cuba allows rare free public Wi-Fi at Havana cultural center

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed the launch of the island’s first known free, public Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks. Dozens of youths have been flocking each day to the center run by famed artist Kcho, whose spokeswoman said state telecom Etecsa approved the … Continue reading