Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama’s detente

By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Jun 16 : President Donald Trump today will announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on US business dealings with the island’s military, rolling back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Havana. Laying out his new Cuba policy in […]

Cuban parliament approves Communist Party roadmap

By Marc Frank and Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Jun 1 : With less than a year until Raul Castro steps down as president, Cuba’s parliament approved documents today confirming the Communist Party as the country’s guiding force and banning the concentration of private property and wealth. The national assembly was summoned for an extraordinary session to […]

Trump administration nearing completion of Cuba policy review – sources

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, May 30 : The Trump administration is nearing completion of a policy review to determine how far it goes in rolling back former President Barack Obama’s engagement with Cuba and could make an announcement next month, according to current and former US officials and people familiar with the discussions. President Donald […]

Communist-ruled Cuba hosts first transgender Mass

By Sarah Marsh and Anett Rios MATANZAS, Cuba, May 7 : For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the more groundbreaking. Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors, […]

Flood of Cuban migrants to United States shrinks to a trickle

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Apr 28 : The flood of Cubans to the United States via perilous journeys by sea or land has turned into a mere trickle since the end of the US preferential asylum policy for them, data obtained by Reuters shows. Critics of the Castro government used to point to the exodus […]

UN rights expert praises Cuba social welfare system; hopes for more dialogue

By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA, Apr 14 : A United Nations expert said today she hoped her visit to Cuba would open the door to a more intense dialogue on human rights and praised the country’s social welfare system for reducing Cubans’ vulnerability to human trafficking. Communist-run Cuba is generally suspect of inspections […]