Barack Obama mulling options for closing Guantanamo prison: White House

The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, declining to rule out executive action as an option. 

Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma has reported.

Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

 Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba

Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba on Saturday, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Spain says political opening in Cuba is `inevitable`

Political opening in Cuba is "inevitable" although the pace of reform in the Communist island nation is uncertain, Spain`s foreign minister said in an interview published Sunday.

Ghana to bring in 177 Cuban doctors as strike bites

Ghana has said it will bring in 177 new doctors from Cuba to help limit the damage from a crippling strike by medics over pay and training.

Surprise Kerry visit to Old Havana gives locals goose bumps
Surprise Kerry visit to Old Havana gives locals goose bumps

On a historic day for US-Cuban relations, Secretary of State John Kerry took time out for a walking tour of cobblestoned Old Havana just like many of the growing numbers of Americans travelling to the island since detente was announced eight months ago.

Kerry departs Cuba after historic US embassy flag-raising

Secretary of State John Kerry departed Cuba Friday after a historic daylong visit to raise the US flag at the American embassy -- a milestone in Washington`s rapprochement with its onetime foe.

Shedding tie, Kerry takes stroll around Old Havana

 Shedding his jacket and tie, US Secretary of State John Kerry went for a walk around Old Havana Friday, checking out a Cuban cigar stand on a break from his historic visit.

Cuba ready to discuss `any issue` with US: Minister

Cuba is ready to discuss any issue with the United States, including human rights, its foreign minister told his US counterpart John Kerry on Friday as the latter made a historic visit to the island.

Raising US flag after 54 years, Kerry calls for democracy in Cuba
Raising US flag after 54 years, Kerry calls for democracy in Cuba

Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for "genuine democracy" in Cuba as the American flag was raised over a US embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years.

John Kerry flies to Cuba for new policy victory lap
John Kerry flies to Cuba for new policy victory lap

Washington's top diplomat is coming to Havana on Friday to raise the Stars and Stripes over the newly opened US Embassy, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.

John Kerry in Havana for banner day in US-Cuba relations
John Kerry in Havana for banner day in US-Cuba relations

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cuba Friday to raise the American flag over the newly reopened US embassy, a symbolic capstone on Washington`s historic rapprochement with Havana.

Three Marines to raise US flag in Cuba, 54 years after lowering it

 Three Marines, now retired, who lowered the US flag at the American embassy in Cuba in 1961 will be back Friday with Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the Stars and Stripes once again.

You owe us millions: Fidel Castro to US

Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo.

John Kerry`s date with history in old Havana

John Kerry has a date with history. On Friday, he will become the first US secretary of state to visit Havana, capital of communist Cuba, since 1945.

'Obama administration politicised trafficking report on India'

US lawmakers have alleged that the Barack Obama administration has "politicised" its annual human trafficking report by improving the status of India, Malaysia and Cuba, despite "minimal progress" by their governments.

OAS rights group urges Guantanamo shutdown

 The human rights arm of the Organization of American States (OAS) called Wednesday for the United States to shut down Guantanamo Bay and to put detainees who face prosecution on trial in federal courts.

Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait

Workers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it just to the left of a giant image of Che Guevara.

 

Two dozen Cuban migrants land in Key West: Police

A group of 24 Cuban migrants landed early Monday on a beach in Key West on the southern tip of Florida after crossing from Cuba in a makeshift boat, local authorities said.