HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross completed his fifth year in a Cuban prison on Wednesday with his wife warning he is in terrible condition, while any hopes for improving hostile U.S.-Cuban relations hinge largely on his fate.
“I am afraid that we are at the end. After five years of literally wasting away, Alan is done,” his wife, Judy Gross, said in a statement that described him as gaunt, hobbling and missing five teeth.
HAVANA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – In Bob Nederlander Jr.’s mission
to export Broadway to new markets around the world, he found an
old one where the American art form lay dormant for a least 50
years – communist Cuba.
After testing the Cuban appetite with a 2011 concert of
Broadway show tunes, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment decided
to stage a three-month run of “Rent,” the first Broadway musical
exported to Cuba in decades.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Spain’s foreign minister called on Cuba on Tuesday to grant free travel rights to dissidents arrested in the “black spring” of 2003 and released years later under strict conditions.
Spain mediated historic talks between Cuba’s communist government and the Roman Catholic Church that freed 75 political opponents in 2010 and 2011. They had been sentenced to terms ranging from 6 to 28 years.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will stage its first Broadway musical in more than 50 years when “Rent” starts a three-month run on Dec. 24, producers said on Monday.
The Nederlander entertainment group finally succeeded after trying for several years to produce a Broadway musical in Cuba, a spokesman for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment said.
HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone was in stable condition with a reduced fever and no further complications, a Cuban health official said Wednesday.
The doctor, Felix Baez, 43, cannot recall any mistake in procedure that could have led to him catching the virus from a patient, said Jorge Perez, director of the tropical diseases hospital where Cuban doctors train for their Ebola missions.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and was being sent to Geneva for treatment, officials said, the first Cuban known to have contracted the potentially deadly hemorrhagic fever.
The doctor, identified by Cuba’s official website Cubadebate on Tuesday as Felix Baez, is one of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. They have been there since early October.
By David Adams and Daniel Trotta
(Reuters) – A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba who says he was not warned about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island.
Alan Gross and his wife Judy filed the $60 million lawsuit in November 2012 for gross negligence against the U.S. government and Development Alternatives Inc, a Bethesda, Maryland, contractor.
HAVANA (Reuters) – An American government contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state may be closer to returning home, in part because he has threatened to end his life if he is not released, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday.
The detention of Alan Gross since December 2009 has increased tensions in already troubled U.S.-Cuban relations and prevented the historic adversaries from resolving wider differences.
SANTA CLARA Cuba (Reuters) – In the macho world of Cuban baseball, Yanet Moreno has always played with the boys.
As a child, she was the only girl to play street baseball in her neighborhood. The boys would fight to get her on their team, and her father feared she would become a tomboy.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban doctors and nurses departing for West Africa to combat Ebola consider themselves lucky. Among the 15,000 who volunteered, they are among only 256 who have been chosen for the job.
“There have been fights breaking out, heated arguments, with some doctors asking, ‘How come my colleague gets to go and I can’t?’” doctor Adrian Benitez, 46, said on Tuesday just hours before he was due to board a plane for Liberia.