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France's top diplomat visits Cuba, first time in 30 years

Havana - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived Saturday in Havana for a brief visit aimed at strengthening ties, as Cuba begins talks with the European Union on normalizing relations.
In the Media by AFP

Cuba plans own social media sites after US row

Havana - Cuba plans to launch its own social media networks to counter "subversive" ones such as a Twitter-like app the United States was funding, an official said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Cuba demands US cease 'covert actions'

Havana - Cuba demanded Friday that the United States cease its "illegal and covert actions" against the communist country following disclosures Washington set up a Twitter-style application there.
In the Media by AFP

Cuba: obstacle course for foreign investors

Havana - Foreign investors still face an obstacle course in Cuba despite the passage of a new, more liberal law aimed at attracting capital from outside the communist-ruled island.
In the Media by Carlos Batista (AFP)

Colombia wants truth commission after FARC peace deal

Havana - A truth commission to probe abuses in Colombia's half-century-old conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached with leftist rebels, Bogota's top negotiator said Sunday.
In the Media by Francisco Jara (AFP)

Op-Ed: Cuba improves conditions for foreign investment

Havana - The Cuban National Assembly unanimously approved legislation to make the country more attractive to foreign investment. The changes are seen as part of President Raul Castro's reforms that will forge greater links with the international economy.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Cuba passes law to lure foreign investment

Havana - Cuba's parliament unanimously approved a new law on foreign investment Saturday aimed at boosting sputtering economic growth on the communist-ruled island.
In the Media by AFP

Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured

Havana - Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez shared their amazement and joy upon the triumphal return to power of the late Venezuelan leader after a brief coup in 2002, an exchange vividly captured in a transcript released Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Cuba gives doctors big pay raise -- to $64 a month

Havana - Cuba's doctors got a big pay raise Friday -- to 64 dollars a month, the official Communist Party newspaper Granma said.The hike in pay from $25 a month was to reward health professionals for being the country's top source of hard currency export earni...
In the Media by AFP

New law to create investment-friendly Cuba

Havana - Foreign investors will be able to do business in communist Cuba without fear of government interference once a new law is approved later this month, a top lawmaker told state media on Monday.The lawmaker tasked with overseeing the drafting of the new i...
In the Media by Carlos Batista (AFP)

Cuba agrees to negotiate with EU on normalizing ties

Havana - Cuba has agreed to begin negotiations with the EU on normalizing ties after a decade of differences and sanctions, Havana's foreign minister said Thursday.Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said his government "accepts with satisfaction" EU foreign affai...
In the Media by AFP

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...
In the Media by AFP

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...
In the Media by AFP

Cigar aficionados vie to create Cuba's 'longest ash'

Havana - A thick cloud of smoke hung in the air at Havana's annual cigar festival, where some 200 smokers took part in a novel contest to produce the longest unbroken ash.Many of the participants, foreigners as well as Cubans, finished with throbbing headaches ...
In the Media by Francisco Jara (AFP)

Cigar aficionados vie to create Cuba's 'longest ash'

Havana - A thick cloud of smoke hung in the air at Havana's annual cigar festival, where some 200 smokers took part in a novel contest to produce the longest unbroken ash.Many of the participants, foreigners as well as Cubans, finished with throbbing headaches ...
In the Media by Francisco Jara (AFP)

Fear and hope in Cuba over Venezuela protests

Havana - Weeks of protests in ally Venezuela are reviving the concerns of many Cubans dependent on the largesse of the socialist Caracas government while buoying the opposition on the communist island.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing his biggest te...
In the Media by Carlos Batista (AFP)

Hero's welcome for Cuban spy freed from US prison

Havana - A Cuban spy who spent more than 15 years in prison in the United States returned home Friday to a hero's welcome, Cuban state television proclaimed in a triumphant broadcast.Fernando Gonzalez was released Thursday from a maximum-security prison in Ariz...
In the Media by AFP

Russian spy ship docked in Havana

Havana - A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media.The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area...
In the Media by AFP

Cuban cigar sales up 8 percent in 2013

Havana - Cuban cigar sales were up eight percent in 2013, reaching $447 million, with strongest market gains in China, Habanos SA said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Communist Cuba to see rare political reform campaign

Havana - A campaign seeking political change in one-party Communist Cuba will soon be launched with backing from domestic and international groups, a prominent dissident announced Wednesday.The campaign seeks to gather the 10,000 signatures necessary under Cuba...
In the Media by AFP
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