The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage is set to answer her critics over whether she cheated.
Cuba's revolutionary former leader Fidel Castro and Pope Benedict had a head-to-head on the pontiff's visit to Cuba.
Pope Benedict XVI was greeted with mass adulation on the streets of Havana and Santiago.
Two MiG-21 fighter jets have been found on a North Korean ship stopped in Panama.
The Chong Chon Gang had left Cuba en route to North Korea when it was stopped by authorities in Panama. Cuba previously claimed the shipment of sugar was a donation for the people of North Korea, however underneath the thousands of sacks authorities discovered military equipment.
Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board.
After arms were found Cuba said they were 'obsolete' and being sent to the Asian country for repair.
The crew on a North Korean vessel 'rioted' when it was seized in Panama according to the president. President Ricardo Martinelli said the ship had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally smuggle suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal.
The president described the dramatic scenes on the ship speaking on Radio Panama:
The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal.
We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection.
When we started to unload the shipment of sugar we located containers that we believe to be sophisticated missile equipment, and that is not allowed
– President Ricardo Martinelli
The captain has tried to commit suicide, and the crew also rioted.
So we are holding this vessel for further investigation.
Cuba is the only one-party Communist regime in the Americas, and a rare ally of also-isolated Pyongyang.
Panama's president has said that authorities have seized a North Korean ship traveling from Cuba with "undeclared military cargo."
President Ricardo Martinelli made the revelation on Twitter and posted a photo of what appeared to be a green tubular object inside some kind of container.
He said: "Panama-flagged ship captured North Korean cargo from Cuba with undeclared military cargo." In a further post he said the, "material came hidden in containers on a cargo of sugar."
A bus crash in Cuba has left sixteen tourist is hospital, including two Britons according to reports.
The bus is believed to have crashed near the city of Cienfuegos as it travelled between Trinidad and Varadero, two major tourist destinations, according to state-run newspaper Cinco de Septiembre.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said today that they are aware of Britons injured when their bus overturned on a highway in Cuba. In a statement, the Foreign Office said:
We are aware of a bus crash involving British nationals between Trinidad and Varadero in Cuba on the evening of 4th July.
Our embassy in Havana is in close contact with local authorities. Consular offficials are on their way to the area to provide assistance if needed.
Two Britons and an Irish citizen were among 16 tourists injured when their bus overturned on a highway in Cuba.
State-run newspaper Cinco de Septiembre said the government-operated vehicle left the road and overturned on Thursday evening local time, between Trinidad and Varadero, two major tourist destinations.
Nineteen people were on board the bus. The others injured were said to be two Czechs, four Dutch, one Filipino and six Russians.
Cinco de Septiembre said three of the tourists were considered to be in a serious condition. Two underwent surgery and are in intensive care.
An Australian endurance athlete has ended her bid to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a protective shark cage, after being stung by a jellyfish.
Chloe McCardel suffered the "debilitating" severe sting approximately 11 hours after she started her record attempt from Havana.
The 28-year-old had anticipated that it would take about 60 hours to arrive in the Florida Keys and spoke of the upcoming challenges at a press conference on Tuesday:
"It is the hardest swim in the world today. No one has been able to achieve this. It’s possibly harder than winning the World Cup or getting a gold medal.”
A message on her Facebook page thanked well-wishers for their support and said that McCardel and her team are now on their way towards Key West in the US.
Cuba has said it will turn over a US couple from Florida who allegedly fled with their children that had been kidnapped from their grandparents, the Associated Press reports.
Two Republican members of Congress have asked the US Treasury Department for information on what type of licence the couple obtained before heading to Havana.
The long-standing US trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from travelling to the island without a licence granted by the US government.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who both represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population, said: "Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism."
"The Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda," the letter said, adding: "We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents."
US pop singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, were mobbed by ecstatic fans on a visit to Cuba.
The pair are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in the capital Havana.