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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Cuba

4th December 2023
Former US ambassador charged with spying for Cuba for 40 years
The charges against Victor Manuel Rocha “exposes one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the United States government by a foreign agent”.
Last year
Cuba holds local elections as opposition claims unfair tactics used by government
Three opposition candidates had been prevented from participating in neighborhood assemblies, the group claimed.
'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida as Category 4 storm
Ian is expected affect several million people across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Canada counts damage after Fiona while Cuba and Florida brace for storm Ian
Storm Fiona tore through Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on Saturday.
Cuba declares massive fuel plant fire extinguished
The fire has two firefighters dead and 14 people missing.
17 missing and 121 injured after lighting strike causes fire at Cuban oil depot
Cuban authorities said an unidentified body had been found late last night.
Fire at Cuba fuel depot leaves 67 injured
The official newspaper Granma attributed the fire to an “electric discharge” that struck a tank at the depot outside the city of Matanzas.
All time
The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?
Ruaridh Nicoll, a journalist based in Havana, joins us for this week’s episode.
Turkey and the UAE among 34 countries removed from hotel quarantine list
Cuba will be added to the list from 4am on Tuesday.
Cuba lifts customs restrictions on food and medicine after unprecedented protests
The change will be in effect until the end of the year.
Cuba blames US for unprecedented anti-government protests
The protests began on the weekend with large numbers taking to the streets on Sunday.
Thousands take to the streets in Havana to protest food shortages and rising prices
Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades.
Tropical Storm Elsa takes aim at Florida after passing Cuba
The state is in danger of life-threatening storm surges, flooding and isolated tornadoes.
US report claims 'directed' radio frequency is causing mystery illness among its diplomats in Cuba
US and Canadian officials began reporting the mystery illness in 2016.
Tremors felt as far as US mainland after major 7.7 magnitude earthquake rocks Caribbean
An initial tsunami warning following the earthquake was lifted.
Scans on US diplomats posted in Cuba show 'something happened' to their brains
Cuba has rejected the results of a study by the University of Pennsylvania.
Cuba to scrap same-sex marriage language from new constitution, official says
The decision was made despite public support nationwide for the reform.
US evacuates staff from China over fears of mysterious 'sonic induced' brain trauma illness
The department said yesterday that “a number of individuals” were sent to the United States for further evaluation.
Cuba plane crash black box found 'in good condition'
An audit is to be carried out on the Mexican company that leased the aircraft involved in the crash.
Plane in Cuba crash was poorly maintained, former pilot alleges
The leased passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing over 100 people.
Three women in critical condition and over 100 dead in Cuba plane crash
The three women, who were pulled from the wreckage, are the only survivors of yesterday’s plane crash.
Many feared dead after Cuban airliner carrying 104 passengers crashes
A military officer old reporters that there appears to have been only three survivors, who remain in critical condition.
Cuba nominates Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as president
Diaz-Canel will become Cuba’s first leader in 60 years who is not named Castro.
Cuba on the cusp of new era as Castro to relinquish power this week
It’ll be the first time in nearly 60 years a Castro has not ruled Cuba.
Cuba's wannabe YouTube stars walk 3km to upload their videos
“We don’t seek to be known as Cuban YouTubers just because it’s complicated for us or because we live in a communist island.”
As Castro steps down, challenges await Cuba's new leader
On Sunday, Cubans went to the polls to ratify a new National Assembly, who will choose the future president.
Cuba 'sonic attack' claims: Doctors treating US embassy staff find brain abnormalities in patients
The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing scepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.
Irish Che Guevara artist: 'Criticism is to be expected from the usual quarters'
The artist who created the iconic Che Guevara print says he’s “immensely proud” of his artwork, and says many misunderstand the Cuban revolutionary.
Some Cubans are outraged with Ireland's 'offensive' Che Guevara stamp
The 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolutionary’s death has been honoured with a commemorative stamp today.
An Post marks Che Guevara's 50th anniversary with new commemorative stamp
The stamp will feature the famous artwork of Guevara by Irish artist Jim Fitzpartrick
US expels 15 Cuban diplomats following mysterious attacks on embassy staff
Those affected have exhibited physical symptoms including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headaches and difficulty sleeping.
US withdraws diplomatic staff in Cuba over mystery 'sonic attacks'
The attacks of an unknown nature have targeted at least 21 US embassy staff in Havana over the past few months, the US said.
Hurricane latest: Irma downgraded to Category 3 hurricane, but forecasters say it remains 'powerful'
One person has died, bringing the total number killed across the Caribbean and the US to 23
Hurricane Irma weakens to Category 3 as it heads for Florida
A total of 6.3 million people have been ordered to evacuate the southern US State.
Dolphins airlifted to safety by helicopter in advance of Hurricane Irma
The six male dolphins were placed on foam mattresses and flown to the southwestern side of Cuba to avoid the storm landfall.
16 US employees hurt in 'unprecedented acoustic attack' in Cuba
Some of the staff are believed to have experienced hearing loss.
Investigation after US diplomats suffer mystery hearing loss in Cuba
After an investigation, US authorities attributed the hearing loss to a covert sonic device.
Donald Trump says he's ending Obama's 'one-sided deal' with Cuba
Of course, that’s not the whole truth – in reality he’s restricting travel and trading with Cuba.
'Los Frikis': The Cuban punks who deliberately infected themselves with HIV
One of the men, Gerson Govea, talks about his experiences.
As Cuba emerges from economic hibernation, opportunity knocks for Irish firms
But don’t expect anything to happen quickly in the Caribbean nation.