HAVANA, May 10th  Although the sale of food to Cuba by the United States is permitted, Read more

HAVANA, May 6th What are the chances for Cuba with wifi? Is Cuba ready for a generation that is day and night on the phone via wifi? Read more

HAVANA, May 6th  If opening and maintaining a private business was already difficult in Cuba, Read more

HAVANA, April 30th (IPS) For many women like Iliannys Acosta, cleaning a Cuban home during the current Coronavirus pandemic has become a detailed protocol. Read more

HAVANA, March 14th The protocol envisaged on the island to deal with the coronavirus outbreak includes 22 Cuban products, Read more

HAVANA, Feb. 27th In Cuba, it is now impossible to send money via Western Union, except the United States. Read more

HAVANA, Feb. 26th Cuba, which faces fuel shortages, had to buy an oil shipment including the ship that was transporting it, Read more

HAVANA, Dec. 23th (CNN) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday named Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country’s prime minister, a nonexistent role within Cuban politics for more than four decades.

Marrero served as Cuba’s tourism minister for almost 16 years and was named prime minister for a five-year term, according to Cuba’s state news agency, ACN.
US scraps flights to nine Cuban destinations, adding to list of punishing sanctions. He was a colonel in Cuba’s armed forces before being tasked with heading the state tourism industry, which provided badly needed hard currency for the communist-run island.

Fidel Castro was the country’s last prime minister. He held the post from 1959 to December 1976, when he took the title of president of the State Council, a title that replaced the posts of president and prime minister.

Marrero’s appointment was unanimously ratified by the 594 deputies of Cuba’s National Assembly during the Assembly’s annual end-of-the-year meeting. Parliament’s absolute majority is necessary for the appointment, ACN said. Deputy prime ministers and other members of the Council of Ministers were appointed during Saturday’s session.
Diaz-Canel remains head of state and Raul Castro remains the first secretary of the Communist Party, where the real power lies.

HAVANA, Nov. 26 Diego Velásquez de Cuéllar founded the city of Havana in 1519 and the watch company Cuervo y Sobrinos,

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HAVANA, Nov 5 The new Dutch airline Fly Caribbean Direct has announced that by mid-2020 it will include Cuba in its list of Caribbean countries.. Read more

HAVANA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s oil company PDVSA has ordered an increase in exports to ally Cuba to ease fuel shortages on the island, challenging fresh U.S. sanctions on shipping… Read more

HAVANA, Sept. 9th  Everyone who loves the Afro style in Cuba now has a shop for every idea. Beyond Roots is the name of the establishment located in Old Havana that has just been opened this weekend.

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HAVANA, August 21 (PL) The demographic trend in Cuba points to the population decrease and aging, Read more

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

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HAVANA, June 13  Damaso Fong, a Cuban direct descendant of Chinese emigrant, announced today that he has an original painting by renowned artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, one of the greatest exponents of French Impressionism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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HAVANA, May 22th (El Toque) Cuba’s self-employed are dissatisfied with many things including the lack of legal protection they have and the treatment they receive from certain officials who interpret regulations at their own discretion, making them oblige.

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HAVANA, May 21th  (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is paying an official visit to Cuba from May 19-21 at the invitation of Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla. Read more

Havana, May 14 (PL) The multipurpose terminal at the port of Santiago de Cuba, east of the island, began operations as part of the country”s efforts to develop the sector.

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HAVANA, April 21th  (Reuters) – The Cuban government has ordered its state-run power system to further reduce electricity generation in the latest sign that a cash crunch exacerbated by new U.S. sanctions is taking an economic and human toll, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

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HAVANA, April 12 (Xinhua) — Cuba will maintain contact with Kenyan authorities in search for the two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped earlier in northeast Kenya by suspected al-Shabab militants, the Cuban government said Friday.

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HAVANA, Mar 30th  (PL) Copa Airlines has increased to eight its daily flights to Havana’s Jose Marti, thus providing a greater opportunity for Cuba”s connectivity with Panama and Latin America, assured one of the executives of the Panamanian airline here today.

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HAVANA, March 16 (Xinhua) — Visitors to Havana’s Old Quarter would have some fun memorabilia of their “travel back in time” as they pose before a vintage box camera manufactured more than 100 years ago.

While the rise of cellphones and selfies has made street photography fairly obsolete, Cuban brothers Jose and Yomar Del Toro are keeping the tradition alive in Havana’s Central Park with a couple of the last such cameras still functioning.

Surrounded by impressive colonial-era buildings, almost all of which declared heritage sites, the park is the perfect backdrop for a portrait, which makes it popular with passersby.

“Everyone wants to have their picture taken with that old gadget,” Jose, 54, told Xinhua.

Jose has been earning a living through photography since 1980, when he inherited his grandfather’s camera, a 1912 Eastman Kodak Speed Graphic.

Yomar, who is 14 years younger than Jose, works at the opposite corner of the park, using another antique Kodak camera he inherited from their father, who is also a street photographer.

“This has its charm,” he says with a laugh, as he prepares to photograph a young couple.

Getting your picture at the park has long come to be a tradition. For many years, Cubans arriving in the capital from the countryside would pose for a photograph in front of the city’s top monuments, such as the nearby Capitol building or the statue of national hero Jose Marti, erected at the center of the park.

That’s why the park once bustled with street photographers lugging their large box cameras which can deliver fast black and white images.

The cameras use photographic paper that is developed inside the box with the necessary chemicals, providing a negative that is then turned into a positive image.

In a matter of minutes, customers have their photo in hand. Many want “Havana” or “Cuba” to appear on the photo, a detail that is done manually, by placing letters on the negative copy before copying it.

Cuba’s photographic tradition can be seen at the Historical Photo Library at the City Historian’s Office. Several antique cameras are also on display, including a bellows Kodak manufactured in 1880.

Thanks to the Del Toro brothers, the tradition continues, though it is dying out because it is getting harder and harder to find the paper and chemicals needed for the developing and printing.

“Today it is very difficult to get paper, developer and fixer,” Jose said.
Photos:Joaquín Hernández/Xinhua

HAVANA, March 15th  Blondie is a band that revolutionized the world of punk rock with their bizarre performances, but above all by the unmatched charisma of the vocalist, Deborah Harry since the late 70’s with hits like Heart of Glass or Call Me. On March 14 and 18, this iconic band will perform at the Mella theater in Havana.

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HAVANA, March 12th The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has decreed the cessation of oil shipments made by the Government of Nicolás Maduro to Cuba, for which he has requested the help of the international community that supports and recognizes him. Read more

HAVANA, Feb. 26th  At the peak of communications, few think of Samuel Morse and his great contribution to the development of humanity. The world aspires to move to the rhythm of satellite communication, but almost no one remembers that the first network of networks survives under the sea.

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LA HABANA, 20 feb. El meteorito que cayó al oeste de Cuba hace unas tres semanas, presenta pequeños niveles de radioactividad, por lo que los científicos advierten sobre el peligro de llevar los fragmentos junto al cuerpo por largos periodos.

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