Cuban leader visits Mexico for new Latin America 'pink tide' summit

May 16th, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will attend Mexico's 200th anniversary of independence on Thursday, the second of its kind, ahead of a Latin American summit that will gather newly elected members of the new On Saturday, presidents from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere will meet

Haiti PM Henry fires prosecutor probing President Moise's murder

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday replaced the chief public prosecutor who had been seeking charges against him as a suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis. Moise was shot dead on July 7 when assassins stormed h

Tensions Over Aid Grow in Haiti as Quake's Deaths Pass 2K

Tensions have been growing over the slow pace of aid reaching victims of a powerful weekend earthquake that killed more than 2,100 people in Haiti and was trailed by a drenching tropical depression. At the small airport in the southwestern community of Les Cayes, throngs of people gathered outsid

Haitians scramble to rescue survivors from ruins of major quake

Haitians labored overnight to pick through shattered buildings in search of friends and relatives trapped in the rubble after a devastating earthquake struck the Caribbean country on Saturday, killing more than 300 people and injuring many more.The 7.2 magnitude quake flattened hundreds of homes i

'High casualties' feared after magnitude 7 earthquake hits Haiti

A major earthquake struck western Haiti on Saturday, sending shock waves across the Caribbean, where people fled their homes for fear that buildings might collapse, and sparking a regional tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said on Saturday that a quake of such magnitude combined with a sh

New Haiti government to be formed on Tuesday with new prime minister

Haiti's interim prime minister Claude Joseph, who has run the country since the assassination of president Jovenel Moise, will step down to make way for a new government headed by the man Moise hand-picked days before his killing, a government official said on Monday. The new government, due to t

Haiti: Wife of assassinated President Jovenel Moise speaks out

The wife of assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise has spoken for the first time since gunmen stormed the couple’s home in Port-au-Prince, saying the attack that killed her husband happened “in the blink of an eye”. In an audio message posted on her official Twitter account

Haiti police hunt down president’s assassins as uncertainty grows

Haitian police killed four “mercenaries” they said were behind the assassination of President Jovenel Moise Wednesday and took two more into custody, as the impoverished and crisis-hit Caribbean nation was pitched into uncertainty.Police did not identify the suspects or say what their

Raul Castro to resign as head of Cuba's Community Party

Raul Castro said on Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership held by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the revolution in 1959. The 89-year-old leader made the announcement in a speech at the opening of the eighth party congr

Marco Heads for Louisiana; Tropical Storm Laura Kills 11 in Dominican Republic, Haiti

People in Cuba and Jamaica felt the impact of Tropical Storm Laura overnight, while those along the U.S Gulf Coast prepared for the impending arrival of two storms bringing heavy rains, winds and the threat of flooding storm surge. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it expects Laura to achieve

Sailing ship sinks off Haiti killing at least 17

At least 17 people, including two children, died off Haiti when the sailing boat they were on sank between Tortuga island and the fishing port of Saint-Louis-du-Nord. Officials say those on board lived on Tortuga and had been to the main market in Saint-Louis-du-Nord. Nine people have been rescu

Pandemic May Be The Push To Open Cuba's State-Controlled Economy

CARRIE KAHN   Cuba's communist leaders appear to be ready to make good on long promised reforms to the island's state-controlled economy, which has been in a tailspin since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. Even before the pandemic, the economy was in recession, suffering from reduced

Hurricane Isaias lashes Bahamas while Florida battens down

Hurricane Isaias ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks. Miami Mayor Carlos Giménez said Friday that 20 evacuation ce

Cubans celebrate no local transmission of COVID-19 for first time in four months

HAVANA - Cuba for the first time in 130 days on Sunday said there were no new domestic cases of COVID-19 as most of the country moved into the final phase of resuming normal activities with masks and social distancing. Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, and who

Barbados wants you to work from its beaches during the pandemic

This has been the year a virus shut down our globalized lives. In the first half of 2020, governments around the world imposed entry restrictions or strict quarantine procedures; flight traffic fell to its lowest level in decades. Many are confined not just to their countries, but also to their home

Dominican opposition declares victory in coronavirus-hit election

Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential race after voters braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new leader and legislature. In preliminary results on Sunday accounting for 60 percent of ballots cast, Abinader, 52,