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Colombia and ELN rebels extend ceasefire by six months, agree to set up fund

Bogota, Colombia/Havana, Cuba Reuters Colombia’s government and National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have extended their bilateral ceasefire for another six months starting Tuesday, the same day they announced the creation of a fund backed by multiple donors to finance the process.  An initial six-month ceasefire expired last week and was then extended by five days. […]

Havana suffers water shortages as cracks show in aging Cuban infrastructure

A driver refreshes himself as he fills up the tank of a water truck in Havana, Cuba, on 3rd July, 2023

Havana, CubaReuters More than 100,000 Havana residents are without water as the heat of the Caribbean summer sets in, raising tensions on the streets of Cuba’s capital as the crisis-racked government scrambles to find a solution. The shortages – linked to the island’s aging, decrepit infrastructure – are affecting between 100,000 and 200,000 citizens of […]

Cuba says no quick fix as economic crisis drags on

People buy vegetables on the street in downtown Havana, Cuba, November 30, 2022.

Havana, CubaReuters There is no quick fix for Cuba’s sputtering economy, its economy minister said on Thursday, as inflation, fuel shortages, plunging farm production and a cash crunch drag on output and continue to fan discontent in the communist-run island nation.  People buy vegetables on the street in downtown Havana, Cuba, on 30th November, 2022. […]

Vatican envoy says prisoner amnesty in Cuba “on table”

Cardinal Beniamino Stella and Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel take part in an event at the University of Havana to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pope St John Paul II's visit to Cuba, in Havana, Cuba, February 8, 2023.

Havana, Cuba Reuters Papal envoy, Cardinal Benjamin Stella, said in Havana on Wednesday a potential amnesty for prisoners jailed in Cuba following anti-government protests in July, 2021, was “on the table” but that the response did not depend on the Roman Catholic Church. Stella, who arrived for an extended visit to the communist-run Caribbean island […]

Havana protests flare for second night as government scrambles to turn on lights

Cuba Havana protests

Havana, CubaReuters Crews restored power to more neighborhoods across Havana on Saturday after a second day of protests over ongoing blackouts in Cuba’s capital, including some of the largest demonstrations since widespread anti-government rallies in July, 2021.  At least one of the protests Friday night in the western seaside borough of Playa swelled in size […]

Cuba turns lights back on in parts of Havana, elsewhere still dark after Ian

Cuba Havana blackout

Havana, CubaReuters Cuba had begun to progressively restore power to the capital Havana by early on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses and official reports, but vast swaths of the Caribbean island nation still remained in the dark following the passage of Hurricane Ian. Much of the island of 11 million people was entering its third […]

Cuba gets help from Mexico, Venezuela to fight oil fire

Cuba Matanzas fire1

Havana, CubaReuters Cuba appeared to make progress on Sunday bringing under control a fire at its main oil storage facility that has killed one firefighter, drawing on help from Mexico and Venezuela to fight the raging flames.  A lightning strike on Friday ignited one of eight storage tanks at the Matanzas super tanker port some […]

Havana announces blackouts, cancels carnival as crisis deepens

Cuba Havana flag

Havana, CubaReuters The Cuban capital of Havana will begin electricity blackouts in August, has cancelled carnival and is taking other measures as the country’s energy crisis worsens, state media reported on Saturday. The capital, home to a fifth of the population of 11.2 million and centre of economic activity in Cuba, had been spared the […]