Anti-government protests have broken out in Cuba, with thousands of people voicing their anger over shortages of food and other basic goods. The country is grappling with the worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union and a record number of COVID-19 cases.
Dissidents were arrested or prevented from leaving their apartments. The Cuban government has accused the US of endorsing the unrest in an attempt to destabilize the island.
Cubans in the capital Havana express their joy at returning to the beach, after nearly 300 days banned from doing so because of coronavirus restrictions.
Faced with shortages of food and medicine, power blackouts and an economy in crisis, thousands of Cubans staged rare protests last summer. But since then, little has been heard from them. Cuban exiles in the United States are worried about developments on the island.
Cuban authorities launch a national campaign to vaccinate children aged two to 18 against Covid-19. With the Delta variant spreading across the island of 11.2 million, the country's health care system has been pushed to the brink, and the government says it will only gradually re-open schools for in-person instruction in October after the vaccination campaign among children is completed.
Weeks after thousands of people took to the streets of Cuba to protest against the government, authorities have introduced laws restricting the use of social media and the internet.
The latest sanctions on Cubaꞌs interior police follow mass protests on the island that started on July 11. Cuban-American leaders met Biden at the White House Friday.
Russia dispatches over 88 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Cuba, according to the Russian defence ministry, following unprecedented street protests against the communist government in Havana.
Cuba has accused the United States of encouraging such an attack through "calls for violence." Washington earlier urged Cuba to release detained protesters.
Hundreds of Cuban Americans, political refugees and activists marched on the US capital Monday to protest against the Cuban government and its crackdown on anti-communist demonstrations earlier this month.
President Joe Biden vowed to go after those responsible for a crackdown on civil liberties on the island, targeting a Cuban official the US says "played an integral role" in the repression of recent protests.
The demonstrators are angered by long food lines and the shortage of medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.