HAVANA, 9 Dec. (EFE) .- Carlos Acosta, the “black god of Cuban ballet”, returns to his native country as the prodigal son “who never left” with his biographical film Yuli, a story of success and “hope”, directed by the Spanish Icíar Bollaín and now exhibited in Havana as a gift “for Cuba and the Cubans”.

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HAVANA, Dec. 7 (Reuters) Cuba said on Thursday it will import hundreds of buses to strengthen its weakened public transport system amid a reduction in private sector taxis, whose drivers have shown discomfort following new state regulations to circulate on the island.

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 Cuba’s government has modified a series of measures unpopular with the country’s private sector, including lifting restrictions on the number of business permits a person can have and the number of chairs there can be in restaurants, a top official said Wednesday.
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HAVANA, Nov. 26th With increased focus on foreign investment opportunities in Cuba, the Cuban foreign trade and investment minister was in Canada last week to promote new ventures, but a former Canadian ambassador to Cuba says Canadian companies haven’t yet taken full advantage of new opportunities.

HAVANA, Nov 24th (EFE) The Spanish company Telefonica has offered to the Cuban Government to link the island to its network of submarine cables to improve Internet access in the country, one of the most disconnected in the world.

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HAVANA, Nov. 22th  First it stormed living rooms via television, then it took the streets, where joyous shouts of “Gooooaaal” have gradually replaced the bellowed “Strike!”

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HAVANA, Nov. 22th (AFP) – Pedro Sanchez on Thursday kicks off the first official visit by a Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years, as Havana seeks closer ties with the European Union faced with a hardline United States.

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HAVANA, Nov. 17 (EFE) Google works on a submarine cable to improve Internet in Cuba, one of the most disconnected countries in the world, where the American company expects to do “much more” in the future, said Google Cuba’s Marketing Manager, Susanna Kohly Jacobson , reported the news agency EFE.
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HAVANA, Nov. 14th Carnival Cruise Line has outlined the schedules for what will soon be two of its most up-to-date ships. Following a $200 million dry dock in early 2020, Carnival Radiance

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HAVANA, Oct. 25 (Reuters) Cuba paid the third installment of a renegotiated debt of US $ 2,600 million to 14 nations this week, diplomats said, and also signed 10 investment agreements as part of the first swap that it has signed since the 1959 Revolution.

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HAVANA, Sept. 28th (Sputnik) Cuban President Miguel Díaz Canel visited Google’s New York office, where he met with the company’s top executives. The meeting, which has been highlighted by the Cuban state newspaper Granma, raised hopes of the acceleration of Internet development on the island.

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HAVANA, Sep 9 (PL) The cultures of Cuba and Mexico will converge from September 11 to 15 during the Fiestas Patrias (National Holidays) of the Aztec nation, to be hosted by Tryp Read more

Cuba sweetens land grant program for farmers

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HAVANA, Aug. 7th  (Reuters) – Cuba said on Tuesday it was doubling the amount of land it granted would-be farmers and the lengths of their leases in an effort to increase stagnating agricultural output.

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Cuba investing in hotels, entertainment, golf as it banks on CanadianHAVANA, june 15th  — Cuba will continue moving forward with its investment plan to add over 100,000 rooms, 47 entertainment facilities and 24 golf courses by 2030 banking on their number one international traveller, Canadians.

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Cuba Creditors Offer 'Very Significant Relief' in Debt ProposalHAVANA, Feb. 13th (Reuters) Cuba’s commercial creditors have offered “very significant debt relief” in a proposal sent to cash-strapped Havana in late January, according to two advisers to the group, in a sign that holders of the defaulted Read more

Cuba and U.S. Exchange on Fighting Money LaunderingHAVANA, Feb 13 (PL) Authorities of Cuba and the United States met today in Washington for their second technical meeting to prevent and fight money laundering, informed today a note of the island”s Foreign Ministry.

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Cuba faces its next financial challenge — more than $1 billion in unpaid commercial debtHAVANA, FEb. 9th (CNBC) A creditors group wants Cuba to begin talks on more than $1 billion in unpaid commercial debt from the 1980s — a key hurdle if the country ever hopes to attract large-scale foreign investment.

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Baracoa Ready for 5th National Cuban Cycling ClassicHAVANA,Feb 9th (PL) The first Cuban city ever built in Cuba, Baracoa, is ready to receive on February 14th the start of the 5th National Cycling Classic, said sources from Read more

Cuba grants visa to senior U.S. diplomat to lead Havana embassyHAVANA, Feb. 7th (Reuters) – Cuba has given a visa to a senior American diplomat to lead the U.S. embassy in Havana, a U.S. official said, in a sign both nations want to keep open lines of communication despite a sharp Read more

Fidel Castro’s Eldest Son Laid to Rest in HavanaHAVANA, Feb. 6th   Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s eldest son – Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart – was laid to rest in Havana’s largest cemetery on the weekend.

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 Bingo! I’ll Give the Cubans InternetHAVANA, Feb 6th  The news of a U.S. “internet task force” to increase internet access in Cuba surely wins the prize for this year’s “interference in a sovereign nation’s internal affairs” category.

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Cuban Authorities Worried about Tourists' Visits to ViñalesHAVANA, Feb 5 (PL) The constant demand from travelers from all over the world to visit the western Cuba, particularly the Viñales Valley, has raised authorities” concern about the need to improve the region”s protection.

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Cuba freezes Cuban private sector, throws future in doubt

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HAVANA, Feb 1th (AP) — Two years after taking office, President Raul Castro widened the niche for private enterprise in Cuba’s state-dominated economy. Capitalism came pouring in.

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EU offers to assist Cuba with monetary consolidationHAVANA, Jan 31th  (Reuters)  The European Union has offered to advise Cuba on consolidating its two currencies, drawing on its experience from introducing the euro, an EU official said on Wednesday during a visit to Havana.

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Cuba’s Black Market Responds to Chronic ShortagesHAVANA, Jan 31th (HT) The black market exists everywhere, but in Cuba, an exception of a country under a so-called “socialist” government, shortages determine Read more

Cuba agrees Algerian fuel imports after Venezuelan oil shipment slideHAVANA, Jan 31th  (Reuters) – Cuba said on Tuesday it had signed a deal with Algeria to import fuel over the next three years, as it seeks to offset a steep decline in oil shipments from its key ally Venezuela.

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Celestyal Cruises Pulls out of CubaHAVANA, Jan 30th Celestyal Cruises is pulling out of Cuba for the rest of this year and next but will “keep the door open” for a return to the island in 2020.

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Cuba tourism slides in wake of Hurricane Irma, TrumpHAVANA, Jan 30th  (Reuters) – Tourism to Cuba, one of the few bright spots in its ailing economy, has slid in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the Trump administration’s tighter restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island, a Cuban Read more

Sony announces global licensing agreement with EGREMHAVANA, Jan 25th The Recordings and Musical Editions Company (known by its Spanish acronym EGREM) and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have signed a global licensing agreement, the largest-scale international agreement with Read more

 Cuba build largest wind farm in the province of Las TunasHAVANA, Jan 23th Cuba aims to become one of the more than 100 countries that will meet their energy demands with renewable sources like wind, water or sunlight by 2050, as experts predict.

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