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Top EU diplomat Mogherini to visit Cuba “at crucial time”

HAVANA, 15 Mar.  European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced she will visit Cuba later this month. Ms Mogherini said Cuba was facing a very interesting period and the EU wanted to build on the momentum to “take the relationship forward”. She is the highest-ranking EU official to visit Cuba in several years. […]

First direct flight from New Orleans to Havana today

HAVANA, 14 Mar. Havana will receive on Saturday the first direct flight between the southern US city of New Orleans and the Cuban capital of Havana in half a century . The aircraft brings 80 business and community leaders seeking to explore avenues of cooperation between the US and Cuba, according to the official news […]

Havana reconciling with Paris Club after long divorce

Havana,14 Mar.   (AFP) – Cuba has begun reconciling with the Paris Club of creditor nations after a nearly three decade-long divorce, moving to put its financial house in order as it opens up to the world economy. “We are going to finish the reconciliation in a few more weeks, and some weeks or months […]

David Morris international is planning Cuba luxury trips

HAVANA, 14 Mar. David Morris International, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based luxury travel specialist, is partnering with Cuba Explorations to provide a series of high-end tour programs to Cuba. The tours operate in partnership with Havana Air, an airline founded several months ago by a group of Americans to offer nonstop flights from Miami to Cuba. […]

Havana seeks long prison terms in egg corruption case

HAVANA, 13 Maqr. (AP) — Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported Friday. Communist Party newspaper Granma said the 19 suspects are accused of food theft, generating fraudulent receipts […]

Réseau Internet sans-fil gratuit à La Havane

LA HAVANE, 13 Mar. (AFP) Pour la première fois de leur histoire, les Cubains ont accès à un réseau Internet sans-fil gratuit qui a été autorisé discrètement par le gouvernement dans un centre culturel de La Havane. Le service est encore lent par rapport à d’autres pays dans le monde, mais il s’agit tout de […]

Look what you get for $1000-a-night Penthouse in Havana

HAVANA, 13 Mar  A friend in Mexico City reached out a couple days ago asking what the heck was going in Havana. He wanted to hop over for the weekend later this month but couldn’t find anyplace decent to stay. All he could find was a room at a three-star hotel far from the center. […]

This Afro-Cuban life

A look at Cuba’s vibrant Afro-Cuban community through the photographs of Dr. David LaFevor who has visited and photographed Cuba for the past decade. HAVANA, 13 Mar. More African slaves were imported into Cuba (roughly the size of Pennsylvania) than into the entire United States. For most of Cuban history, manumission, the process through which […]

Havana allows 1st free public wi-fi at Havana cultural center

Kcho Studio Romerillo 7th and 120 Street, Havana HAVANA, 12 Mar,  (AP) Cuba is allowing free, public Internet service for the first time at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks. Dozens of youths flock daily to the center run by famed artist Kcho. His spokeswoman says state telecom […]

Cuba dissident leader expects to survive referendum vote

HAVANA,12 Mar. (AP) — The head of the Cuban dissident group the Ladies in White was poised to survive a referendum on her leadership Wednesday following an internal dispute that sparked demands for her resignation. With more than half of the ballots counted, Berta Soler said she had won support from 108 members, enough to […]

Cuba celebrates Fernando Birri’s 90th birthday

Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Professors and students of the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and TV School (EICTV) are celebrating the 90th birthday of who was its first director and founder: famous Argentinian filmmaker Fernando Birri. The celebration, entitled “Para un señor muy viejo con alas enormes” (For a Very Old Man […]

IDT establishes direct connection with Cuba

HAVANA, 11.Mar. (Reuters) – Direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba have been established under the first commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement between the two longtime adversaries, Cuba’s national telecom provider said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based IDT Corp reached an agreement with Cuba’s Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) to […]

A Cuba, les sociétés françaises guettent l’ouverture

LA HAVANE, 10 Mar. Sur le port de Mariel, à l’ouest de La Havane, un bateau rempli de conteneurs portant le sigle de la compagnie d’affrètement CMA-CGM est en cours de déchargement. Tout autour, des grues et des engins de chantier s’activent pour édifier la future zone franche maritime de la ville. Au-delà des promesses […]

Winter tourism season booms in Cuba

HAVANA,10 Mar.  A dozen tour buses idled along the Malecón and so many tourists were snapping pictures of the giant images of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos on a recent day at the Plaza de la Revolución that it looked like a theme park. Foreign visitors are coming to Cuba in droves this winter season. […]

Odebrecht carry out Havana’s airport expansion

HAVANA, 9 Mar. (EFE) Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht will carry out the $207 million expansion of the international terminal at Havana’s Jose Marti Airport, Cuba’s official media said Monday. Work will begin this month at Terminal 3 to “make more efficient the services provided to roughly 2,000 passengers going through the facility at rush hour,” […]

Cosmos to lead return to post-embargo Cuba

HAVANA, 9 Mar.  The New York Cosmos will play the Cuban national team in June in Havana, becoming the first American professional team to play on the island in 16 years and the first since the United States government announced that it would restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba in December. Cosmos officials would not […]

US agriculture interests intensify lobby against trade embargo

Agribusinesses want the Cuban embargo gone, but not for all altruistic reasons HAVANA, 9 Mar.  (AMG) — Late last week, an agricultural delegation from the U.S. arrived in Cuba in search of potential business partners.The trip occurred after several months of hard lobbying by American agribusinesses, urging the U.S. government to lift its long-standing trade […]

Paris Club chief in Cuba to expedite debt negotiations

HAVANA, 7 Mar. (Reuters BY DANIEL TROTTA) – The chief of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations met Cuban finance officials on Friday in what he believed was an unprecedented official visit to Havana to discuss Cuba’s debt. After previous negotiations had stalled in 2000, Cuba and the Paris Club have moved swiftly in […]

Interview of top Cuban spy released by Obama

In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, Gerardo Hernandez is defiant about his role as ringleader of the Cuban Five spy network.HAVANA, 6 Mar.   — In the depths of his 16-year odyssey through the U.S. prison system, convicted Cuban spy Gerardo Hernandez was transferred to an underground cell at Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution that […]

First U.S. telecom company connects directly with Cuba

HAVANA, 6 Mar.  The first U.S. company to strike a long-distance deal with Cuba since the Obama administration announced a telecom opening toward the island is now handling direct calls to Cuba. “Now we can terminate and make calls directly to Cuba,” said Bill Ulrey, vice president of investor relations for Newark, N.J.-based IDT Corp. […]

Les vieilles Américaines, trésor national en péril ?

LA HAVANE, 6 Mar.   Cuba sans ses voitures des années 1950, c’est un peu comme Venise sans ses gondoles ! Ces autos rutilantes doivent leur survie à l’embargo américain. Mais tout pourrait changer avec le rapprochement historique entre La Havane et Washington. Reportage à Cuba où le Président François Hollande a annoncé sa visite […]

Terry Fox Marathon in Cuba on March 14

HAVANA,6 Mar. (acn) In a new opportunity to keep alive the legacy of Terry Fox, the 17th edition of the Marathon of Hope in honor of the young Canadian cancer victim will be held on next March 14th throughout Cuba. Yves Gagnon, Canadian Ambassador to the Caribbean nation, expressed in the International Press Center in […]

Return to Cuba or die,end of a refugee’s American dream

HAVANA, 6 Mar. (Julie Schwietert Collazo) “We advise you to return to Cuba if you don’t want to die”. That was the message Julian Esnart Wilson, a Cuban refugee living in the United States, was given by a congressional staffer he had reached out to for help. A debilitating illness and lack of health care […]

Is Cuba on the verge of major political reform?

HAVANA, 5 Mar.   — (Nick Miroff) An online forum published in Cuban state media this week offers the most intriguing sign to date that Cubane authorities may be preparing to make significant changes to the one-party system Fidel and Raul Castro have controlled for 55 years. A new “General Election Law” approved by the […]

EU and Cuba resume talks

Havana, 5 Mar. (AFP) – The European Union and Cuba resumed negotiations Wednesday in a third round of talks aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement. The two-day session, part of a dialogue that began 11 months ago, is aimed at tackling sensitive human rights issues and finalizing […]

Conan in Havana

HAVANA, 5 Mar. CONAN Highlight: Watch the first four minutes of Conan O’Brien’s one-man mission to meet the Cuban people and make some friends.

Key West-to-Cuba flights resume

HAVANA, 4 Mar.  A Miami travel company is reviving flights between Key West International Airport and Cuba. Mambi International Group, which launched a similar service in February 2014, is in the cockpit once again for travel to the communist country following December’s announcement of eased travel restrictions on U.S. residents going to Cuba. While last […]

A boxer in central Havana

HAVANA, 4 Mar.(By David LaFevor)  I first met Enrique Hitchman in a bar with no name on Neptuno Street in the neighborhood known as Central Havana. I had been living in Cuba, off and on, for several years to research the histories of race, national identity, and boxing for my dissertation.The bartender, Pedro, was an […]

François Hollande en visite officielle à la Havane le 11 mai

LA HAVANE, 3 Mar. C’est la première fois qu’un chef de l’Etat français se rend sur l’île de Raul Castro, affirme l’Elysée dans un communiqué. En avril 2014, Laurent Fabius était le premier chef de la diplomatie française à se rendre à La Havane depuis trente-et-un ans. Une première. A l’occasion d’un déplacement aux Antilles, […]