New US – Cuba regulations announced in September

HAVANA, July 12th The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department is to publish new regulations on Cuba on September 15, according to a report on Monday from US-Cuba Economic and

Cuban minister encourages privat food production

HAVANA, July 11 (PL) Cuba encourages privat food output to substitute imports and ensure a better supply of fresh products to families, according to the Cuban Agriculture Minister (MINAG), Gustavo Rodriguez.

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana

HAVANA, July 11th The U.S. Embassy in Cuba has a new interim chief at its seaside building in Havana: career diplomat Scott Hamilton. Hamilton, who has served as deputy chief of mission since July 2015, replaces Jeffrey DeLaurentis as Chargé d’Affaires. A brief notice posted on

Cuba will increase tobacco plantation in Vinales area

HAVANA, Jul 10 (PL) Considered the greatest tobacco producing region in the country, this western Cuban province will increase 700 hectares for the crop of the solanaceous leaf in the coming campaign, and the initial

Cuba rejects the resolution of the European Parliament

HAVANA, July 10th (Agencies) The Commission on International Relations of the National Assembly in Cuba has rejected a non-binding resolution on Cuba approved by the European Parliament last week in Strasburg, France.

Gabon is interested to invest in Cuba

HAVANA, Jul 8th (PL) Gabonese Government officials expressed today in an economic forum the interest of investing in Cuba in the fishing industry, health and tobacco

President of Gabon Arrives on Official Visit in Cuba

HAVANA, July 7th (ACN)  The President of the Republic of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba arrived on Thursday in Havana on an official visit and will hold talks to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro. The Head of State of the African

Cuba to Create Environmental Information System

Havana, July 7th (PL)  Experts from the Institute of Tropical Geography (IGT) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), lead a project to create the environmental information system of Cuba 2017-2021,

Japanese Naval Training Vessel Visits Havana

HAVANA, Jul 6 (PL) Two training ships of Japan”s Maritime Forces of Self-Defense arrived Thursday in Cuba for an official visit, the second of its kind. The squad is comprised by the school-ship JS Kashima and its escort ship JS Harusame. As they entered the Bay of Havana the leading

Some Cubans choose private doctors despite price

HAVANA , July 5th The 80-year-old is among the last private medical workers Cuba. Barca is busy from morning until night treating patients frustrated with the inefficiency of the state system. “The service is of higher quality,” Barca said.

European Parliament approves EU-Cuba cooperation pact

HAVANA, July 5th The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday a first-ever cooperation deal between the EU and Cuba, despite lingering concerns about human rights violations in the communist-ruled

HAVANA, July 4th A U.S.-Cuban Scientists expedition exploring the island’s reefs say they have found a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large amount of mackerel with significant commercial value. They also found high

Havana announces comeback of love hotels

HAVANA, July 3th (BBC) The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers. State-run “posadas”, or love motels, disappeared during Cuba’s

Caribbean Festival Begins in Santiago de Cuba

HAVANA,Jul 3th (PL) The 37th International Festival of the Caribbean began today in this city, with an extensive cultural and academic program to strengthen the relations between the regional countries, based on respect to their roots and spirituality. The opening ceremony will take place at the Theater Heredia, with expressions of the people’s traditional culture […]

Cuba says economy in line with forecasts so far in 2017

HAVANA, June 30th (Reuters) Cuba’s economy minister told a cabinet meeting that the economy performed in line with official plans in the first half of 2017, after the government forecast full-year growth of around 2 percent last

Havana hosts 2nd International Vernian Congress

HAVANA, Jun 30th (PL) With the analysis of the influence of renowned French writer, Julio Verne, in literature and other artistic expressions, the 2nd International Congress on his life and work continues today in this capital.

Trump keeps Cuba on “Watch List” for human trafficking

HAVANA, June 30th The US Department of State published its annual report on human trafficking, in which it kept Cuba on the “special observation” list. The document contains four categories: level 1, for those countries that

Carnival launches its Tampa to Havana cruise

HAVANA, June 29th Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson couldn’t stop himself from dancing Thursday as a band performed the mambo inside the ship Carnival Paradise. It was a party, after all, a celebration of Carnival Cruise Line’s