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Key things to know about Cuba's government reforms

Havana - Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved a new electoral law that will alter the country's government with the restoration of the post of prime minister, but one fundamental reality remains unchanged: the central and unique role of the island's Communist P...

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

Havana - 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.

Cubans feeling the pinch as Trump cruise ban bites

Havana - The waxy sheen on his splendid 1934 Ford glimmers in the Caribbean sun, but nobody is hiring Estaban Estrada's red and white convertible these days -- the dollars have dried up now that US cruise liners are no longer calling at Havana.

Democrats want to ban sending more terror suspects to Guantanamo

Washington - Democrats on the House Armed Service Committee are attempting to stop the Trump administration from detaining any new terror suspects at the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Cubans left frustrated by slow and costly internet rollout

Havana - Six months on from the euphoria that greeted full internet access for mobile phones on the communist-run island, frustrated Cubans complain it is too expensive, too slow and crippled by government censorship.

Cuba's support for Maduro 'not negotiable' despite US sanctions

Havana - Cuba on Thursday rejected the latest US restrictions on travel to the island and stressed that its support for Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is "not negotiable.

Last cruise ship leaves Cuba as fresh US sanctions bite

Havana - The last US cruise liner to stop over in Cuba sailed out again Wednesday as stepped-up US sanctions against the Communist-run island came into force.

Trump slaps new restrictions on American travel to Cuba

For more than half a century Cuba has suffered from a US embargo that prevents the export of most goods from the US and also restricted tourism until easing of restrictions on Americans visiting the island by Obama who somewhat normalized relations.

Last cruise ship leaves Cuba as fresh US sanctions bite

Havana - The last US cruise liner to stop over in Cuba was expected to sail out again Wednesday as stepped-up US sanctions against the Communist-run island came into force.

Young orchestra musicians bridge US-Cuba divide

Havana - Baton in hand, conductor James Ross mixes English and Spanish to set the rhythm for his orchestra of young Cuban and American musicians playing in a convivial atmosphere that contrasts sharply with the diplomatic tensions between their countries.

'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...
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