Entries by Havana Live

MasterCard to lift restrictions on credit cards on March 1

HAVANA, 24 January  MasterCard announced Friday it will begin handling U.S. credit card transactions in Cuba on March 1, making the credit card company the first to adjust to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s plan to lift a ban on doing business in Cuba. Allowing credit card transactions will make traveling in Cuba more convenient […]

Cuba-US take first step to normal relations

HAVANA, 23 January   By Isaac Risco (dpa) The governments of Cuba and the United States will meet again in the coming weeks to continue working on details for resuming diplomatic relations, the negotiators said today after a first round of talks in Havana. In their first encounter the diplomats were unable to establish a […]

Les conversations migratoires entre les États-Unis et Cuba se terminent à La Havane

LA HAVANE, 22 Janvier (RHC/agences)  Josefina Vidal, directrice générale des États-Unis au ministère cubain des affaires étrangères et le sous-secrétaire adjoint du Bureau pour les Questions de l’Hémisphère Occidental du Département d’État des États-Unis, Edward Alex Lee, ont reconnu que des progrès ont été faits dans plusieurs thèmes migratoires. Au cours d’une conférence de presse […]

Will Starbucks pop up all over Cuba ?

HAVANA, 22 January  Cuban officials sitting across the table from Americans in Havana this week are hoping to sort out the next steps in normalizing relations. That’s on the heels of President Obama’s request for the US Congress to lift the embargo on trade with Cuba. But even if that momentous step is taken, progress […]

Discussions constructives” entre responsables cubains et américains à La Havane

LA HAVANE, 22 Janvier (Euronews)  Des responsables américains et cubains se sont réunis à La Havane ce mercredi.Une première depuis 35 ans. Ces discussions concrétisent le rapprochement historique entre les Etats-Unis et l‘île communiste annoncé en décembre. Des discussions qualifiées de productives et constructives. Elles reprendront ce jeudi sur la question du rétablissement des relations […]

Havana talks start with promises by Obama

HAVANA, 21 January (AP) The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations with grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the government. U.S. moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen the five-decade trade […]

The Latest on Travel to Cuba

HAVANA, 21 January   Following the publication of new regulations for travel to Cuba on Jan. 16, Americans may travel there more easily than at any time in the past half-century. Travelers cannot just hop on a plane and go, though. As Michael Sykes, founder of Cuba Cultural Travel, put it, while there is now less […]

Un navire espion russe s’amarre à La Havane

Le «Viktor Leonov», de la flotte du Nord, est arrivé mardi à La Havane à la veille d’une rencontre diplomatique historique entre Cubains et Américains. LA HAVANE, 20 Janvier  (AFP) Le navire espion russe SSV-175, de classe Vishnya, de 91,5 mètres de long et 14,5 de large, est arrivé au port de la capitale cubaine […]

Russian spy ship in Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, the eve of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. HAVANA, 20 January  The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock, but its arrival was not announced by Cuban authorities. The Vishnya or Meridian-class intelligence ship, […]

US officials in Cuba to discuss embassies

LA HABANA, 20 January  (WASHINGTON POST) The first scheduled meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to reestablish diplomatic relations may not lead immediately to the opening of embassies here and in the United States, a senior State Department official said Monday. State Department officials said those talks, to be held here Thursday, would focus largely […]

US, Cuba set for historic talks in Havana to normalise ties

HAVANA,19 Jan (AFP) The United States and Cuba will hold their highest-level talks in decades on Wednesday, ditching decades of Cold War-era hostility to pave the way to reopen embassies and normalise ties. Senior US and Cuban officials will meet over two days in Havana to discuss immigration issues and a roadmap to return ambassadors […]

More airlines eager to fly to Cuba

HAVANA, 17 January  (CNN) It has been decades since U.S. airlines could make commercial flights from the States to Cuba, but that is about to change. JetBlue (JBLU), Delta (DAL) and United (UAL) airlines are already expressing interest in adding the route. On Thursday, the White House announced details about new regulations that will make […]

Private restaurants in Havana are exploding

Cuban entrepreneur Jorge Luis Trejo oversees his family’s private restaurant, La Moraleja, in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 22, 2014. The restaurant offers such dishes as wild rabbit flambe and serves clients on white tablecloths with real silverware. Family heirlooms fill the shelves and photos of Old Havana grace the walls. HAVANA, 17 January  Private restaurants […]

United Airlines plans Houston to Havana flights

HAVANA, 16 January  United Airlines plans to offer flights from Houston to Cuba, pending government approval. A United spokesperson told NBC News, “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look forward to doing so from our global gateways of Newark and Houston.”The flights would most likely travel from Bush Intercontinental Airport to […]

Cuba to print higher-denomination peso banknotes

HAVANA,16 January (ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AP)  Cuba will print bills of 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos that will start to circulate in February, a step forward in the government’s plan to unify its dual-currency system. A Cuban Central Bank resolution published Thursday said the new banknotes will extend the range of the current bills, which only […]

US eases Cuba embargo Friday, island open to greater trade and travel

HAVANA, 15 January (By Bradley Klapper AP)  The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment. The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts […]

Cuba expanding Wi-Fi

HAVANA,15 January (AP) Cuba’s telecommunications company says that it will offer Wi-Fi service in a public park in the country’s far east but only for access to the island’s restricted Cuba-only intranet. Cuba’s official journalists union said Monday that the government would offer Wi-Fi internet access in a park in the city of Santiago for […]

Canadian Hotel Chain Beings Operations in Havana

HAVANA,Jan 15 (acn)  With the management of Memories Miramar Havana and the Monte Habana aparthotel, the Canadian firm Blue Diamond now focuses on tourists traveling to Cuba for business reasons or conferences. After four years of encouraging results with the sun and beach modality with products aimed at families, weddings and honeymoons, the hotel division […]

Is Castro still alive? Just ask Maradona

HAVANA, 13 January  So what does one do if prolonged public absences have the world thinking that you might secretly have died? Obviously you write to Diego Maradona. Or at least you do if you are Fidel Castro. The letter, revealed by the football superstar on Latin American TV, marked the first reported word from […]

Cuba releases 53 dissidents, part of US deal

Recently released dissidents Aide Gallardo (l.) and Sonia Garro hold the Cuban national flag during a march in Havana January 11, 2015. Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior US officials said, a major step toward détente with Washington. The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for […]

India fails to keep bus promise to Cuba

HAVANA, 12 January  India failed to honour its commitment of donating 50 buses to Cuba under the grant-in-aid programme for improving the public Latin American country, with which New Delhi has a long history of ties steeped in nostalgia as well. The failure is seen as the result of US sanctions on Cuba. The offer […]

Dissident groups report more opposition activists freed

Reinier Figueredo (L) reacts while holding his father Angel’s hand at their home in Havana, January 8, 2015. Angel Figueredo and his wife Haydee Gallardo (not pictured), who is a member of the “Ladies in White” dissident group, are among eight detainees who were freed today, dissidents said on Thursday.  HAVANA,10 January (Reuters) – Cuba […]

Cuba to reopen twin of US Capitol building as relations warm

HAVANA, 9 January (ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AP)  Fidel Castro’s rebels swept into Havana 56 years ago this month and went to work purging the U.S. legacy from a capital that had been a virtual outpost of Washington. The Havana Hilton became the Havana Libre. Neon Coca-Cola signs were torn down. And the new government moved Cuba’s […]

US-Cuba talks in Havana set for Jan. 21-22

HAVANA, 8 January (AP) — The United States later this month is sending its highest level delegation to Cuba in decades for talks on migration and normalizing ties. The State Department says Roberta Jacobson, America’s top diplomat for Latin America, will lead the U.S. delegation to Havana for the talks on Jan. 21-22. State Department […]

Travel Interest to Cuba from the US increases by 180%

HAVANA, 8 January   Following President Obama’s statement on 17th December, hotel searches to Cuba made by US users increased by 180 per cent, according to hotel search website trivago.co.uk. US Searches Increase by 180% When the week preceding Obama’s statement (9th – 16th December) was compared to the week following the speech (17th – […]

Could be Cuba a new filming location ?

HAVANA, 8 January  (Peter Caranicas Deputy Editor) President Obama’s announcement last month that the U.S. would ease some restrictions on commerce with Cuba raises a key question for American producers: Will the island develop into a filmmaking destination? The temptation is there. After all, what better location than Cuba, a short hop from Florida, to […]

Wife of freed Cuban spy gives birth after artificial insemination

HAVANA, 7 January  The seeds of U.S.-Cuba diplomacy have born fruit.  The wife of a Cuban spy freed by the United States three weeks ago gave birth to a baby daughter in Havana on Tuesday, the result of efforts to bring about a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations that included an unusual case of artificial insemination. […]

De Zurda program broadcast from Havana, says Maradona

HAVANA, 7 January  (PL)  Argentina’s former soccer star Diego Maradona is in Havana to prepare new releases of his TV program De Zurda, said the program presenter himself. In a promotional announcement issued by Telesur, Maradona invited all Latin American viewers on January 10, when he will reprise the successful program in which he commented […]

Havana comes in from the cold

HAVANA, 5 January  The US government’s historic agreement to end more than 50 years of diplomatic freeze between the two countries has put Cuba firmly on the travel bucket list. Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald is already planning to change Caribbean itineraries to include Havana, as soon as US cruise ships are permitted to sail […]