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'Weight and balance' errors caused deadly Cuba air crash

Havana - A plane crash that killed 112 people in Cuba a year ago was caused by an error by the crew in its calculation of the aircraft's weight and balance, a government investigation commission said.

Cuban police break up unauthorized LGBT rights march in Havana

Havana - Cuban police on Saturday broke up an unauthorized pro-LGBT rights march in Havana, held as an alternative to the government-sanctioned Gay Rights parade that authorities canceled earlier in the week.To the cries of "Yes we can!

Russia's increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War

Havana - Russia is stirring the ghosts of Cuba's Cold War past as it looks to re-establish its influence in the Communist-run island nation, although this time analysts say Moscow has no intention of bankrolling Havana.

ExxonMobil sues Cuban companies for nationalized assets

Havana - US giant ExxonMobil has filed a lawsuit against Cuba's state-owned oil company and a major business group for what it called "unlawful trafficking" of its assets after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

Cuba May Day parade defies Trump over Maduro support

Havana - The scent of the Cold War hung over Cuba's May Day parade where marchers bellowed defiance against US President Donald Trump for his threats to punish the Communist-run island's support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by extending the six-decad...

Diaz-Canel's first year as Cuba president in five events

Havana - A deadly plane crash, economic woes, a new constitution, US sanctions and taking to social media: Miguel Diaz-Canel's first year as president of Cuba has been anything but straightforward.

Cubans steeled to resist latest US sanctions

Havana - The United States may have announced a raft of measures that could hamper investment in Cuba in a bid to ramp up pressure on the communist government, but in Havana life is trundling along with the usual serenity.

Flood of lawsuits, flight of investors on cards with US Cuba move

Havana - The US decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, including triggering an avalanche of lawsuits as well as action before the World Trade Organization.

Defiant Cuba enacts new constitution amid US pressure

Havana - Communist-run Cuba enacted new constitution Wednesday that recognizes the role of the free market in the country's future while championing socialism as Havana faces increasing US pressure.

Dinner in white in Cuba: a French picnic and American ambience

Havana - "Dressing in all white -- the ambience, the Champagne, the sparkles -- I love it," exclaimed Kay Barnes, who traveled from Florida to participate along with hundreds of other Americans in Cuba's first Dinner in White, a giant, chic, French-inspired pic...

Cuba newsprint shortage sounds alarm for economy

Havana - The newsprint shortages which forced Cuba's Communist daily to run a trimmed-down edition on Friday would pass off as a simple supply glitch in most other countries, but in Havana they carry chilling memories of the not-so-distant past.

Cuban dailies to slash editions over newsprint shortage

Havana - Communist Party daily Granma and other Cuban newspapers will slash edition sizes from Friday because of a shortage of newsprint, echoing similar cutbacks imposed by Fidel Castro after the fall of his Soviet Union ally in the 1990s.

Hemingway legacy writes unifying chapter for US, Cuba: lawmaker

Havana - Ernest Hemingway's legacy helps to bring Americans and Cubans together, an American congressman said as he opened an archive at the legendary writer's onetime home in Havana, despite tensions between the two nations.

Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services

Havana - US tech giant Google on Thursday signed a deal with Cuban operator ETECSA to explore ways of boosting internet service on the communist-run island, despite diplomatic tensions between Washington and Havana.

Britain's Prince Charles unveils Shakespeare statue in Havana

Havana - Britain's Prince Charles unveiled a statue of William Shakespeare in Havana when he took to the streets of old city Monday as part of the first visit by the British royal family to communist-run Cuba.

Britain's Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid US tensions

Havana - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will make the first royal visit to communist-run Cuba on Sunday at a time when ally Washington is seeking to ramp up sanctions against the island.

Cubans use new found social media heft to challenge leaders

Havana - Cubans are using new found social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island.

US slashes visa duration for Cubans in 'reciprocal' move

Havana - The United States announced on Friday it would replace a five-year, multiple-entry tourist visa offered to Cubans with a single-entry visa valid for just three months, to match the island nation's own visa rules for US visitors.

Cuba taps into high-end luxury tourist market

Havana - In Havana, there's a shop selling a camera for more than $25,000 -- roughly 850 times the average monthly wage in Cuba.

US threat looms over foreign firms trading with Cuba

Havana - US President Donald Trump's administration is brandishing the threat of sanctions against foreign companies "trafficking" with Cuba, a move hitherto mothballed by Washington so as not to offend allies.
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