Cuba calls migrant boat crash an accident, denies ramming
Cuba says it was not aggressive actions by officials that caused a boat of migrants and the Cuban Coast Guard to crash, but rather that the migrants’ boat made an abrupt turn, leading to the deaths of seven people including a two-year-old girlwashingtonpost.com
Dominican Republic rejects criticism of Haitian deportations
The Dominican Republic said it “profusely rejects” criticism of its crackdown on Haitian migrants from a growing number of countries and human rights agencies. Dominican authorities have ramped up border enforcement and deportations of Haitians, saying such actions are crucial to national security amid intensifying turmoil in the neighboring country due to a gang blockade of fuel supplies and a cholera outbreak. In September and October alone, deportation figures shot up by about 50%.news.yahoo.com
Former top Obama aide accuses Biden of 'gaslighting' Cuba: 'Disappointed doesn't begin to scratch the surface'
The former Obama White House official who negotiated the reopening of relations with Cuba is sharply criticizing President Biden's policies toward that country, saying his administration is "gaslighting" Havana by maintaining and even expanding harsh sanctions imposed by former President Trump.news.yahoo.com
Camilo Guevara, son of Cuba's rebel hero Che Guevara, dies
Camilo Guevara March, a son of revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara and director of a center dedicated to studying him, has died, Cuban officials said Tuesday. The official news agency Prensa Latina said he died during a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, of “pulmonary thrombosis which led to a heart attack.”news.yahoo.com
Firefighters subdue deadly blaze at key oil facility in Cuba
Cuba authorities say a deadly fire that has consumed at least half of a large oil storage facility in western Cuba and threatens to bring more power failures to the island's already fragile electric system has been largely controlled after nearly five days.
17 missing, dozens hurt as fire rages in Cuban oil tank farm
Cuban authorities say a fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility is raging uncontrolled in the city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured nearly 80 people and left 17 firefighters missing.sun-sentinel.com
Electric motorcycles flood Havana amid diesel shortages
The young people come and go on their electric motorcycles at this highway outside Cuba’s capital where they perform stunts and talk about their two-wheelers, which would be largely silent if it weren’t for the music blasting from speakers. Cuba has been flooded in recent years with “motorinas,” as the electric scooters are called on the island, which have been promoted by the government as efficient alternatives amid extreme gas and diesel shortages, and as a solution to the country’s transportation problems. Authorities permitted their importation last decade – Cubans cannot import motorcycles with gasoline or diesel engines – and since then about 300,000 of them have circulated on the island, said Col. Mario Ríos Labrada, head of vehicle registry at the National Transit Directorate.news.yahoo.com
Effort begun to eradicate giant African snails in Florida
Invasive giant African land snails that can eat building plaster and stucco, consume hundreds of varieties of plants and carry diseases that affect humans have been detected once again in Florida, where officials say work has begun to eradicate the pests.
Cuban troops report fatal clash with Florida speedboat
Cuban authorities say they have intercepted more than a dozen speedboats arriving from the United States this year — including two shooting incidents and at least one death. The Interior Ministry statement read over state television Monday night comes amid a sharp increase in migration from Cuba to the United States, both by sea and via Mexico, at a time of economic hardships aggravated by the pandemic and by tightened U.S. sanctions. The ministry said its coast guard units had intercepted 13 speedboats from the U.S. entering Cuban waters this year, with 23 crew members.news.yahoo.com
Defensive lineman Darrell Jackson Jr. transfers to Miami
On Tuesday evening, Maryland defensive lineman Darnell Jackson Jr. announced that he will transfer to Miami. The Havana, Florida native transferred after only one year at the University of Maryland, where he had 22 total tackles, with 15 of them being solo tackles, in 13 games. He had six total tackles in one game on multiple occasions, most notably in his only start against Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl. A three-star prospect coming out of high school, Jackson had considered committing to the Hurricanes coming out of Gadsden County High School. Jackson has the potential to create an immediate impact on the Hurricanes and will surely add competition to defensive line coach Joe Salave’a’s unit.themiamihurricane.com
U.S., Cuba hold talks over migration for the first time in four years
The administration is seeking to restore the terms of bilateral accords under which the United States agreed to issue at least 20,000 immigrant visas annually to Cubans, and Cuba agreed to accept deportation flights of those who arrived illegally or were deemed otherwise inadmissible.washingtonpost.com
Cuba says it will attend migration talks with the US
Cuban authorities say migration talks with the United States will take place this week, the first in four years since the hardening of relations between both countries and amid a sustained increase in arrivals of Cuban citizens at the southern border of the U.S. Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter that the meeting will be held in Washington on Thursday and that its delegation will be headed by Deputy Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossiowashingtonpost.com
CIA: Most 'Havana syndrome' cases not linked to US adversary
U_S_ officials say the CIA believes it's unlikely that Russia or another foreign adversary is using microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack hundreds of American diplomats and intelligence officers who attribute their brain injuries and other symptoms to what's come to be known as “Havana syndrome.”.