HAVANA, July 19th  (Reuters) Cuba, which has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, has pardoned…

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HAVANA, July 19th (REUTERS)  — Cuba may be known now for upbeat salsa, but long before that genre even…

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HAVANA, July 18 (AFP) A transgender couple has been married this week in Havana, a first in …

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HAVANA, July 17th Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro after the Venezuelan crisis and plunging oil production and the…

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HAVANA, July 16th  Sunwing is making it easier for Montreal residents to explore Cuba’s capital, Havana, this coming winter.

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HAVANA, July 15 Exactly where the iconic Paseo del Prado merges with Havana’s Malecón, the French Accor chain’s…

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HAVANA, July 14 (PL) Cuban personalities and artists paid homage this Sunday to the city of Santa Clara, located in the central area of Cuba, on occasion of commemorating, July 15, 330 years of its foundation.

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HAVANA, July 14th  (Reuters)  Cuba’s first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden…

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HAVANA, July 12th Three of the 34 bases to place the wind turbines of the La Herradura-1 wind farm, in the north of Las Tunas,…

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HAVANA, July 12th  (AFP) For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the “music of the enemy.” But Cuba’s rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba, and reggaeton usually reign.

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HAVANA, July 11 (Reuters)   Tourism to Cuba will likely drop 8.5% this year in the wake of tighter U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island,…

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HAVANA, July 11th “There are no timetables, only rumors.” Charles Nicholl’s assessment of Latin American travel happens to describe the railways of Colombia, but it sums up trains in Bolivia, Panama and all stations to Havana Central equally well.

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HAVANA, Jul 11th (PL) Habanos S.A. has notified in Havana Wednesday a special presentation for Switzerland on July 12 of the new brand of Punch, Short de Punch.

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HAVANA,  July 10th (Reuters)  The family of the former owners of a Cuban bank seized by Fidel Castro’s government nearly six decades ago sued Societe Generale (SOGN.PA)…

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Havana, Jul 10th (PL) With the opening in late 2019 of the Rainbow Muthu Cayo Guillermo Hotel, the Singapore-based MGM Muthu Chain will have its fourth hotel in Cuba and will reaffirm its commitment to tourism in the island.

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HAVANA, July 10th As its contribution to the XIII Bienal de La Habana—and as a preview of the city’s 500th-anniversary celebration this fall—in April the…

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HAVANA, July 10th A Cuban couple came up with an unusual idea for a destination wedding. Underwater off the coast of Havana.

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HAVANA, Jul 9th  (PL) The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will offer a concert next Sunday in this capital, in which it will have as guest the recognized Swiss conductor Emmanuel Siffert, announced this Tuesday the institution.

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HAVANA, July 8th  Cuban state telco Etecsa aims to have 4G mobile service coverage in all of the country’s 15 provincial capitals by year-end, said president Mayra Arevich.

In March, Etecsa started testing 4G in the northern district of capital Havana, just a few months after it commercially deployed 3G.

“3G is now available in Havana and the municipal capitals. We have started testing 4G in Havana and in the tourist hubs like Varadero and this year we aim to have 4G in all of the municipal capitals. Little by little, we are expanding mobile connectivity to more people,” Arevich said, speaking on the sidelines of a recent telecoms event organized by Asset.

Etecsa made access to 3G commercially available on December 6 with offers ranging from 7 to 30 Cuban convertible pesos (same in US$) per month for capacity in the range from 700MB to 4GB.

Cuba reportedly saw an uptake of 1.8mn users in the first 40 days.

The country had around 5mn mobile lines as of April 2018.

Most Cubans use the prepaid Nauta mobile internet card system, which last year had 1.7mn users.

Arevich said 3G now covers 85% of the population and Etecsa’s focus for this year is to continue expanding capacity to reduce prices and add more users, said Arevich.

However, access to mobile devices is a problem.

“It’s difficult due to the embargo. We don’t have any deals to buy phones at preferential prices, and people have to pay in cash. We have brought phones in but they are insufficient to meet demand,” he said.

However, Arevich underscored that besides basic connectivity, the government is implementing other types of connectivity programs for social and economic development.

Despite the US embargo, Cuba has developed a digital roadmap with 22 projects and two key strategic areas – ICT infrastructure rollout and the production of digital content and services.

Programs are focused on connecting educational and healthcare institutes and developing digital content.
(BNamericas)

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HAVANA, July 7th  (PL) Over 70 works from 26 countries are competing for the Lucia awards the jury of the 15th International Film Festival of Gibara will grant at the end of the event in Villa Blanca until July 13.

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HAVANA, July 6th (AFP) After making a fortune with his early antivirus software, then caught up in murder and drug cases in Belize, US millionaire John McAfee has added a new chapter to his tumultuous life story. Read more

HAVANA, July 5th   If a Cuban citizen residing in the country decides to start a blog on WordPress, Medium or any other free Internet service, he/she could be fined up to 1,000 pesos (CUP), around 40 USD.

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HAVANA, July 5th Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism has bought ads plastered across buses in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou encouraging Chinese tourists to visit  Cuba,…

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HAVANA, July 5th  (Xinhua) — Cuba opened four solar parks capable of powering some 7,000 households across the nation on Thursday as another step towards a future of sustainable energy.
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HAVANA, July 4th Caribbean Airlines will begin direct flights between Kingston to Havana, Cuba in a few months’ time.

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HAVANA, July 4th When Donald Glover announced back in April that he was releasing an hour-long music video starring Rihanna and Letitia Wright (and himself, of course), the internet pretty much lost its mind.

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HAVANA, July 4th (AFP)  The United States on Wednesday sanctioned Cuba’s state-run oil firm, Cubametales, over continued importation from Venezuela amid an American embargo meant to undermine the Caracas regime.

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Santiago de Cuba, Jul 4 (PL) With a strong folkloric show, the 39th International Caribbean Festival began the eve at the Heredia Theater in Santiago de Cuba, which will be run until July 9, dedicated to the Uruguayan culture.

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