Cuba

U.S. to block all flights to Cuba outside Havana

In this image, a man holds a small Cuban flag
A Cuba delegate holds his national flag at the XVIII Pan American Games in July 2019. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

The Trump administration will suspend all flights to Cuba outside of Havana beginning in December, AP reports, doubling down on travel restrictions to the island.

The big picture: The U.S. aims to prevent tourism to Cuba and restrict the island's income so it may rescind support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, per AP, and afford "more human rights to Cuban citizens."

Report: Cuba "sonic weapon" could've been mosquito repellent

Member of the Cuban army fumigates against mosquitoes following Zika outbreak
A member of the Cuban army fumigates against mosquitoes after the Zika virus outbreak in 2016. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. suggested an "acoustic attack" in Cuba made U.S. staff sick in 2016, but a new report from Canada shows the attack may have been a mosquito repellant from Cuba's war on the Zika virus, reports Reuters.

Why this matters: Cuba denied attacking the U.S. embassy staff, but it still led to increased tensions between the 2 countries, per BBC. It prompted the U.S. to reduce its embassy staff to a minimum, writes Reuters.