Entries by Havana Live

Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S.

HAVANA, 27 January (Reuters BY DANIEL TROTTA)  Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties. But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced […]

Havana triathlon brings Americans and Cubans together

HAVANA, Jan 26   Seizing on US-Cuba detente, Americans swam, biked and ran in a triathlon in Havana for the first time, and even heard their national anthem on the island. Jim Donaldson and Robert Plant wore “USA” logos on their clothes as they stood in the capital’s “anti-imperialist” esplanade, built by Fidel Castro in […]

Cuban tour operators jumping to meet new US demand

HAVANA, 26 January  Cuban tour operators are gearing up for an explosion of US travellers — adding a spate of tours focused on everything from architecture to art to gourmet food — following the recent detente between the two long-time Cold War rivals. Travel company InsightCuba, one of the top agencies specializing in visits to […]

U.S.-Cuba diplomatic thaw puts Mariel port back in spotlight

HAVANA, 25 January ,(By Tim Johnson) The deepwater port of Mariel, once the site of a massive exodus of refugees to the United States, may soon be the stage for a new chapter in Cuba’s history, one that flirts gently with global trade and free markets. A $1 billion project to modernize the port and […]

Cartes de crédit américaines bientôt à Cuba

LA HAVANE, 24 Janvier  Les cartes de crédit MasterCard émises aux Etats-Unis seront utilisables à Cuba à partir du mois de mars dans le cadre du rapprochement diplomatique entre la Havane et Washington, a annoncé le groupe américain. Dans un communiqué MasterCard a annoncé la levée prochaine du blocage des transactions réglées avec une carte […]

Art from Habana Vieja to the Bronx

HAVANA, 24 January  (By Christopher Smith) When President Barack Obama made the startling announcement in December of last year that the United States would begin the process of normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba after decades of animosity & strict embargoes, the ripple effect could be felt on a global scale. With both […]

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 […]