Hurricane Ida on Saturday intensified over warm Gulf of Mexico waters, prompting tens of thousands to flee coastal areas.
Cuba will now recognize and regulate cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, in a move being billed as historic for the island nation.
Ida is expected to make landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on the same date Hurricane Katrina hit 16 years ago.
A tropical depression in the Caribbean is expected to become a tropical storm by Thursday night and could become a major hurricane over the next several days.
The Biden administration imposed sanctions on Cuba's defense minister and the communist nation's special forces brigade.
The Pentagon said it has transferred a Moroccan citizen from Guantanamo Bay to his home country, marking the first such release under President Biden.
"We are always considering options available to us that would allow us to support the Cuban people," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
Thousands of Cubans participated in the largest protests the country has seen in decades. Daniel Osorio, Andean Capital Advisors president, discusses the unrest and what could be next for the country.
Cuban residents took to the streets in an unprecedented demonstration against increasing Covid cases and deaths and severe economic shortages. President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who also heads the Communist Party, blamed the United States for the unrest in a nationally televised speech Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's protests in Cuba are the largest the communist island has seen since the 1990s.
CNBC's "Squawk Box" team reports on the protests erupting in Cuba.
Elsa, a storm that has lashed the Caribbean and the Florida Keys with pounding rain and gusty winds, has strengthened into a hurricane.
Lawmakers confirmed to NBC News on Thursday that they were briefed in April on the investigation.
Castro, 89, said the new leadership would be party loyalists with decades of experience working their way up the ranks.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said policymakers need to pave a path to citizenship or so-called Dreamers.
Cuba aims to be one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate its entire population in 2021.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.
Elected directly by secret ballot by a majority of the U.N. General Assembly, the vote has for years been criticized as being plagued by back-door deals.
Biden fought back against Republican efforts to paint him as a socialist.
Hurricane Laura is barreling toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, and leaders urged residents to prepare before landfall in Texas or Louisiana over the next 48 hours. Anticipating deadly winds, rains and storm surges, residents are filling sand bags and boarding up buildings.