Cuba

Regional: Passenger plane crashes in Cuba with 104 on board

A Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana has crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with 104 passengers on board, according to Cuban state media.

There's no immediate word on casualties.

State television and websites said the plane was headed to the eastern city of Holguin and crashed between the airport in southern Havana and the nearby town of Santiago de las Vegas.

International: Cuba has a new president

Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, one day after a secret vote in the country's National Assembly.

It's the first time in nearly six decades that Cuba is being led by a man not named Castro.

International: Trump to announce new restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday will announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on U.S. business dealings with the island’s military, rolling back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Havana.

Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two Cold War foes, senior White House officials said.

Fidel Castro has died

Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.

PM leaves for Cuba

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will leave the country on Friday to attend an ACS Summit in Cuba.

The following is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:

'Adonia' becomes first US cruise ship to dock in Cuba in over 50 years

History was created in Havana, Cuba once again, as today a US cruise ship docked in the city after sailing from Florida.

This is the first such crossing in more than 50 years.

The journey of the cruise ship, 'Adonia', originated in the port of Miami with some 700 passengers.

Cuba and the US restored diplomatic relations last year. But several Cold War-era restrictions on travelling and trading are yet to be lifted.

The cruise trip only went ahead after Cuba scrapped a ban on its citizens entering or leaving the island by sea.

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