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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.

The son of Fidel and Mirta Diaz-Balart – known as “Fidelito” Read more

 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.

Following up on the fake news of “sonic attacks,” Read more

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.

Slowly at first, then gaining speed, Read more

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.

The Greek cruise line, which has based Celestyal Crystal in Havana seasonally for Read more

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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 300 Lada's from Russian carmaker Avtovaz arrive in Havana HAVANA, January 20. /TASS/. Russian carmaker Avtovaz delivered 344 Lada cars to Cuba, completing the first shipment of Russian cars to the island nation in more than a Read more

 Chinese car maker GAC Motor arrives in Cuban tourism marketHAVANA, Jan. 19th (Xinhua)  Chinese car maker Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) on Wednesday presented its vehicles to a tourism-related company in Cuba as part of the broad economic and Read more

Avianca sends plane to Havana to rescue 150 passengers of flight from MiamiHAVANA, 10.ene. (EFE) The Colombian airline Avianca today sent a plane to Havana to bring to Bogota the 150 passengers of an Airbus A-320 from Miami that yesterday had to Read more

Dutch agency launches offer to visit Cuba in motor homesHAVANA, Jan. 9th The Dutch travel agency Travelhome offers its customers a new way to explore the whole of Cuba: on board motorhomes that combine the experience Read more

Federica Mogherini pushes EU's key role in Cuban economic openingHAVANA, Jan. 5th On a two-day visit to Havana, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday that the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement — the first of its kind between the EU and Cuba — signed by Brussels and Read more

Cuba's Santeria priests wax positive as transition from Castros begins

Santeria followers perform a holy drum beat after reading the annual Letter of the Year in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Religious leaders of Santeria in Cuba exhorted all to respect the traditions of the older generations and made their predictions for the new year. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA, Jan. 3th  (Reuters) – Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban Santeria religion forecast on Tuesday that the upcoming retirement of President Raul Castro would signify “a moment of change” that accelerates the pace of Read more

HAVANA, Dec. 30th  Cuba’s infant mortality rate was registered at 4.1 per 1,000 live births in 2017, the lowest in the history of the Caribbean country, the Ministry of Public Read more

Cuba stray animals need a shelter, please help !HAVANA, Dec. 16th There are a lot of stray animals in Cuba,sick,starving,injured etc. The sadness is kind of the dogs whether they have owned or not, if they are in the street the  will caught them.

The animals are caught by the hind leg and tossed in a metal trap,they fall into a metal bin Read more

Cuba promotes organic coffee productionHAVANA, Oct. 19th  (Xinhua)  A large number of farmers are now engaged in planting organic coffee in Guamuhaya mountains in the central Cuban province of Cienfuegos, 250 km southeast of the capital city of Havana.

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HAVANA, Oct. 6th (Xinhua)   El Floridita, a famous bar in Havana, Cuba, known as the cradle of daiquiri, a cocktail made of lemon juice, sugar and rum, on Thursday Read more

Cuba reveals full scale of damage left by Hurricane IrmaHAVANA, Sept. 30  Cuba’s National Defense Council (CDN) on Friday disclosed the final tally of the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma when it lashed the island earlier this month, Read more

HAVANA, Sep 19th (PL) Artists and intellectuals from 16 countries in the region exchange ideas from today until next September 22 in Cuba, at the 4th Meeting of Young Read more

HAVANA, August 30th In the bright, worn streets of a tourist-filled Old Havana, a furry canine laid seemingly lifeless on the cobblestone ground.

As I walked closer to see if it was still breathing, the dog perked its head up before collapsing again under the blazing sun. In Cuba, there are growing Read more

 Sahara Dust Warning for CubaHAVANA, Aug 19 (PL) Cuban researcher of the Forecasting Center at the Meteorology Institute, Eugenio Mojena, warned about the presence in the current summer season of dusty clouds generated by Saharan desert storms.

Those clouds are characterized by having high concentrations of Read more

HAVANA, August 14th (The scientist) In June, President Donald Trump announced that he was reversing course on former President Barack Obama’s decision to mend relations with Cuba.

“The previous administration’s easing of restrictions of Read more

How young Cubans are learning capitalismHAVANA, July 15th (DW)  Ironically, it’s a state institution, the University of Havana, that’s running   Cuba’s first startup incubator. It’s supported by the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Jan Ehlers wasn’t quite sure what he’d gotten himself Read more