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August 8, 2018 4:06 am gmt |
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Cubans are pedaling hard these days, reviving a bicycle trend in Havana in an effort to counter a struggling public transport system and to change a stigma associated with bicycles during the Special Period. Once a month, dozens of cyclists meet to take 20-kilometer ride through the capital as part o...
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April 20, 2018 11:21 am gmt |
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Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected on Thursday as Cuba‘s new president, succeeding Raul Castro, who concluded two consecutive five-year terms in office. Diaz-Canel, former first vice-president and an electronics engineer who will turn 58 on Friday, was nominated by the National Candidature Commissio...
In Latest Stories
January 31, 2018 10:49 am gmt |
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (January 30) that he signed an order to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, unsuccessfully tried to close. “I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing (Defense) Secretary (J...
In World
October 6, 2017 12:04 pm gmt |
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The Cuban birthplace of the world-famous daiquiri celebrated 200 years of business on Thursday (October 05), with aficionados from around the world toasting the famous drink in Havana. La Floridita is one of Cuba’s historic landmarks, made famous by American writer Ernest Hemingway and his penc...
In World
November 27, 2016 7:38 am gmt |
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Cubans awoke to the news Saturday (November 26) Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, has died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century, Castro stuck to his ideolo...
In World
November 27, 2016 4:35 am gmt |
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Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator”, US President-elect Donald Trump has said, hours after the 90-year-old’s death was announced. Mr Trump, who takes office in January, said he hoped Cubans could move towards a freer future. Castro came to power in 1959 a...
In World
May 31, 2016 7:51 am gmt |
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Clean-up efforts are underway in Cuba after a local storm battered the central city of Camaguey on the weekend, damaging homes and uprooting trees. According to media, electricity and telephone connections were also affected after winds topped 90 km (56 miles) and heavy rainfall of 58mm drenched resi...
In World
May 3, 2016 9:37 am gmt |
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Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans arrived on the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Havana in more than 50 years on Monday (April 4), spilling onto the cobbled streets of the old city where they were warmly greeted by residents. It was another first for the two countries ...
In World
May 3, 2016 8:14 am gmt |
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The first U.S. cruise ship to arrive in Cuba in decades received a warm welcome on Monday (May 2) from Havana residents who gathered at the wharf in the colonial old city as hundreds of Americans waved from the decks of the vessel. It was another first for the two countries since U.S. President Barac...
In Britain
April 29, 2016 8:17 am gmt |
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British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in Havana on Thursday (April 28) for talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez as the UK looks to make inroads into Cuba’s economy amidst a thawing of ties between the Caribbean country and the United States. Hammond’s visit makes him th...
In World
April 4, 2016 10:35 am gmt |
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At least two people were killed and 28 injured when a bus carrying German and Austrian tourists collided with a trailer in central Cuba on Saturday (April 2). Cuba’s official website, Cubadebate, said the Cuban driver and at least one European tourist were killed with three others in serious co...
In World
March 21, 2016 7:30 am gmt |
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Cuban police arrested dozens of people protesting against the communist government Sunday in Havana, just hours before US President Barack Obama was due on a three-day visit. The protesters were from the Ladies in White group, formed by wives of former political prisoners. Police bundled them into ve...
In Special News
March 21, 2016 6:08 am gmt |
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President Barack Obama toured Old Havana on Sunday (March 20) on a historic visit that opens a new chapter in U.S. engagement with the island’s government after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes. Traveling with first lady Michelle Obama, her mother and their daughters, Sasha...
In World
March 19, 2016 5:32 am gmt |
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Cuba honoured Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with its highest state honour on Friday (March 18) in an act of defiance two days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due for a historic visit to Havana. Maduro travelled to the Cuban capital with his Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez for talks to bo...
In America
March 15, 2016 10:07 am gmt |
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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday (March 14) he is looking forward to his landmark visit to Cuba later this month. Obama’s March 20-22 visit will be the first by a U.S. president since Fidel Castro’s rebels overthrew a pro-American government in 1959. Speaking to U.S. diplomats a...
In America
February 17, 2016 11:15 am gmt |
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Cuba’s minister of foreign trade and investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz sought to drum up foreign investment on Tuesday (Feb 16) telling U.S. investors that the island nation was open for business. Speaking at a news conference following a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Malmierca Diaz e...
In World
February 13, 2016 6:16 am gmt |
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Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday (February 12) in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apa...
In Europe
February 2, 2016 11:32 am gmt |
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France and Cuba signed an agreement on Monday to convert over 200 million euros (about 218 U.S.dollars) of Cuba’s debt arrears to Paris into investment projects. The move comes during Cuban President Raul Castro’s historic state visit to France, the first by a Cuban leader in two decades....
In World
January 1, 2016 6:44 am gmt |
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Cubans prepared on Thursday (December 31) to mark the 57th anniversary of the Revolution, following a year of significant change that saw a warming of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Signs and flags decorated Havana while many expressed optimism and hope for the country in 20...