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Some of world’s best art is made in Cuba

HAVANA, July 9  (HuffingtonPost  Miles Mogulescu )  Cuban artists are creating some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary art in the world. The best Cuban art can stack up against the best contemporary art being created in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London or other world art centers, while still maintaining an essential Cuban […]

Orlando airport’s new charter service to Cuba took off Wednesday

HAVANA, July 7  When Elisabeth Rodriguez and her mom landed in Cuba on Wednesday, was the first time in a year seeing most of her extended family. The 16-year-old was one of about 50 people to board one of the first flights to the island nation from the Orlando International Airport. “It’s so good,” said […]

Che Guevara’s son on Cuba’s coming identity crisis

HAVANA,  July 8  When Omar Perez was 25, he found out his father was the revolutionary Che Guevara. For Perez — a poet, artist and musician — the revelation didn’t much change his outlook on life, or on Cuba. Jeffrey Brown talks to Perez in Havana about the Cuban Revolution, art and how closer ties […]

Cuba’s new tourism industry is potentially bad news for the rest of the Caribbean

HAVANA, July  8  Officials at Caribbean tourist destinations popular with Americans have been up in arms over the budding relationship between Washington and Havana. Opening the island to American tourists, the officials say, would decimate tourism-dependent economies in places like cash-strapped Puerto Rico. They now have even more reason for worry. On Tuesday, Carnival Cruise […]

With eye on future,Carnival Corp.will begin cruises to Cuba in 2016

HAVANA, July  7  With an eye toward one day having a variety of travel packages to the once-forbidden island, Carnival Corporation announced on Tuesday that it would begin offering people-to-people-exchange cruises to Cuba beginning next year. Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, has secured approval from the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Commerce departments to offer […]

Lebanese business leaders search investment opportunities in Havana

HAVANA, July  7  A recent agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties by the end of July has further bolstered interest among U.S. investors who started scrutinizing business opportunities in Havana as soon as the country was crossed off the U.S. terrorism list almost a month ago. But U.S. investors are […]

Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Havana

HAVANA,  July 6  (AFP) – As the US diplomats headed out to sea, their embassy in Havana closed but still visible on the horizon, the lights in its windows flickered. One of the travelers that day in 1961 was Wayne Smith, who would later become head of the US interests section in Cuba. Smith has […]

Guantanamo Naval Base accused of soil damage

HAVANA, July  6   (Havana Times)   According to a Cuban scientist, the Guantanamo Naval Base, operating on territory which the United States has leased from Cuba since February of 1903, is responsible for secondary salinization processes that are affecting soils and preventing adequate draining in the region. The Masters in Science Mario Montero claims […]

Airbnb crack’s the Cuban market

HAVANA,  July  6 Nathan Blecharczyk, a co-founder of Airbnb, leafed through the guest book at one bed and breakfast that had joined the lodging company’s network, tried a Cuba Libre in the roof-top bar of one of the city’s most fashionable private restaurants and climbed a spiral staircase to view the roof terrace at another […]

Marine embassy guards could be in Havana by August

HAVANA, July 5  The U.S. has formally announced its intentions to open an embassy in Havana, bringing the Marine Corps a significant step closer to deploying uniformed embassy security guards to the tropical Caribbean island. The decision to open formal diplomatic facilities was announced by President Obama July 1. While U.S. officials said they have […]

How to tell if your Cuban cigars are real or fake

HAVANA,  July  4  Business Insider recently sent three reporters to Havana, Cuba to experience the city as tourists. One of the top priorities on our list was to buy some authentic Cuban cigars. We tried two different approaches. First, we bought a box at an authorized store inside the Hotel Habana Libre. Then we bought […]

In clean car race to Cuba,China beats Prius and Tesla

HAVANA,  July 3  When Cubans open the flood gates to American tourists, the modern, electric vehicle fleets they see on the roads alongside the tradition cars from the 1950s would have been built in China and not Japan, not the U.S. On Friday, Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD (Build Your Dreams) said it will supply […]

JetBlue’s First Direct Flight to Cuba Takes Off From JFK

HAVANA,  July 3   JetBlue officially began direct flights to Cuba out of New York’s Kennedy Airport Friday, becoming the first major carrier to make the trip after travel restrictions were eased by the White House earlier this year and making passengers who got to be on the virgin flight feel like part of history. […]

Advertising giant reaches out to Cuba

HAVANA,  July 3  WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, is to appoint an executive in Cuba, saying yesterday it would be the first major international communications services group to conduct business in Cuba. The move comes a day after the US and Cuba formally agreed to restore diplomatic relations on July 20. WPP, parent to the […]

MSC Cruises home-port of MSC Opera in Havana in December 2015

HAVANA,  July 3  MSC Cruises has announced it will become the first mainstream cruise line to home-port in Cuba with MSC Opera calling Havana home for the winter 2015-16 season. The new itinerary will give holidaymakers from around the world the opportunity to visit Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico along with two nights and […]

Havana launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots along 23rd street

HAVANA, July 2  (AP)    Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along an avenue that is the heart of the capital’s cultural and social life. It’s the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by. Authorities have been installing […]

DeLaurentis, now head of US mission in Havana, in line to head future embassy

HAVANA, July 2  (AP)   From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba’s defiance of the United States. “Homeland or Death!” reads the sign erected in front of the U.S. Interests Section, a declaration installed 15 years ago when DeLaurentis […]

Havana Air Key West to Cuba might add third weekly flight

HAVANA,  July 1 (Miami Herold)   Air service between the Southernmost City and Cuba is off to a strong start after restarting in March and more flights might be added. Havana Air Chief Executive Officer David Nesslein said this week that the eventual goal is to provide daily service between Key West International Airport and […]

After 54 years,it’s done

HAVANA, July 1 President Obama on Wednesday announced his plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, declaring that the two nations were ready to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and to start a “new chapter” of engagement after more than a half-century of estrangement.“Our nations are separated by only 90 miles, and there […]

U.S. and Cuba to announce embassy openings

HAVANA,  June 30  (AP)   President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, a senior administration official said. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of […]

Cuba is first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

HAVANA.  June 30  ( REUTERS) The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in March determined […]

What does Cuba in a bottle smell like?

HAVANA, June  30   A perfume company has bottled the smells of Cuba, focusing on the heady scents of Havana’s nightlife to evoke the formerly forbidden city for American tourists. Demeter fragrances has added a scent called Cuba to their ‘Destination Collection’ range, which also covers the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand. To stir […]

American businessman plans manufacturing plant in Cuba

HAVANA,  June 30  A Jackson County businessman hopes to be the first to land a small tractor manufacturing plant in Cuba. The initial go-ahead has been approved in Cuba. Now, they’re awaiting the final approval from Washington. This comes after the Obama administration opened up relations between the two countries. Cuba is a very poor […]

Cuba begins Havana station reconstruction

HAVANA,  30  June CUBAN Railways (UFC) closed its Havana Central station on June 24 for the start of a three-year rebuilding and renovation project, which will include the construction of additional platforms. All passenger traffic has been moved to the adjacent Coubre yard, where a former bus terminal has been converted into a temporary station. […]

Cuba-US detente needs exile land claim fix to lure developers

HAVANA,  June 29 (By Andrew Willis, Bloomberg News) Normalization of U.S. and Cuban ties should include resolution of land ownership claims from exiled citizens to encourage more real estate investment on the island, one property developer said. London & Regional Properties Ltd. has plans in place for a more than $500 million project with as many […]

Delta expected to resume flights from Atlanta to Havana

HAVANA,  June 29    Getting from Atlanta to Cuba could soon become a whole lot easier. In a sign of growing confidence that long-rigid relations between the United States and Cuba are easing, Delta Air Lines is expected to announce plans to resume charter flights from Atlanta to Havana as early as spring 2016, according […]

Cuban first vice president receives Mexican senate speaker

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel met the speaker of the Mexican Senate, Miguel Barbosa, who headed the delegation to the two-day Cuba-Mexico Interparliamentary Meeting held in Havana.   HAVANA, June 29  (PL) Diaz-Canel and Barbosa expressed satisfaction with the successful results of the meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of friendship and respect […]