Beijing and Havana in talks about joint military base in northern Cuba

China and Cuba are in talks over building a joint military training facility in northern Cuba that could lead to Beijing having permanently stationed troops close to the United States, thus also expanding the scope for espionage activity, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The facility would be located just 100 miles from the US mainland.

Pope Francis Urges Russia To Prevent Nuclear War

Pope Francis has warned rust the war in Ukraine could escalate into a nuclear confrontation and, for the first time, begged Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly to stop the “spiral of violence and death.

Deadly Storm Nears Florida; Cuba Loses Power

Residents of Florida’s Gulf Coast rushed to prepare for a deadly storm that had already killed people in Communist-run Cuba and left the island without power on Wednesday.

WHO In Emergency Over Monkeypox Cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) was in an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the “largest and most widespread” outbreak of monkeypox “ever seen in Europe” and North America.

Explosion Hit Cuba Hotel; Several Killed

A massive explosion killed eight people and destroyed much of a five-star hotel in Havana that was long known for hosting government leaders and celebrities.

Russia Invades Ukraine, 137 Killed

With the world watching but not interfering, some 200,000 Russian troops attacked and invaded Ukraine on Thursday, and the death toll reportedly rose to at least 137 people.

Cuba: Government gives no information on imprisoned pastor

Cuban authorities have still not responded to a written request by five United Nations advocates for information on Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo of the Monte de Sion Independent Church in Palma Soriano, who has been in prison since his July 2021 arrest during a peaceful protest against the communist government, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.

CIA Warns Russia Over ‘Havana Syndrome’

The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency reportedly warned Russia’s secret services of “consequences” if they are behind health incidents known as “Havana Syndrome” afflicting U.S. diplomats and spies worldwide.

Cuba Keeps Large House Church Closed

Cuba’s communist authorities refuse to allow a large “house church” to reopen for worship despite easing COVID pandemic restrictions for approved churches, activists say.

Cuban government seeking 10-year jail term for Pastor, “My children and I plead for help”

Authorities in Cuba are looking to impose a 10-year prison sentence on a pastor who participated in nationwide peaceful protests against the government on July 11, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. Currently held at the Boniato maximum security prison, Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo of the Monte de Sion Independent Church in Palma Soriano has been charged with ‘public disorder,’ and ‘disrespect’ among other offenses.

US High Court Asks Why Guantanamo Detainee Cannot Testify

U.S. Supreme Court justices Wednesday questioned why the U.S. government will not let a suspected high-ranking al-Qaida figure held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba testify about his torture at the hands of the CIA.

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