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Trump adds further restrictions on American travel to Cuba

The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on the import of Cuban cigars and liquor and has banned Americans from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government. Trump announced the new measures on Wednesday.

Cuba imposes Havana curfew to curb spike in virus cases

Havana - The clocks strike 7:00 pm in Havana and the usually crowded Malecon esplanade quickly empties. For the first time since the Cuban revolution in 1959, the capital is under a night-time curfew imposed by the authorities to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Laura lashes Cuba, expected to become hurricane by US landfall

Havana - Tropical Storm Laura brushed Cuba's southern coast Monday on its way to the United States, where officials predicted it would worsen to a hurricane ahead of its landfall after leaving 13 people dead as it ripped through the Caribbean.

ELN accuses supporters of Colombian ex-president of massacres

Havana - Faced with an escalation of murders in the territories where it operates, Colombia's Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels blame the violence on right-wing paramilitaries reacting to the house arrest of former president Alvaro Uribe.

Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases

Havana - Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections.

Racism in Cuba: banned by law, alive on the streets

Havana - Six decades on from Cuba's proclamation of equality and despite three top government officials being black, the Caribbean island nation has made little headway on racism."Racism in Cuba is very hypocritical ...

Cuba will eliminate dollar tax to boost economy

Havana - Cuba will eliminate Monday the 10 percent tax it has previously levied on the use of the US dollar -- and widen the categories of products for which it can be used to pay -- in response to the country's economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemi...

Online shopping a steep learning curve for Cuba

Havana - When Jorge Noris first tried online shopping, Cuban-style, the products he bought never turned up.Like most people, the father of two living on the outskirts of Havana was seduced by the convenience of shopping over the internet.

Sahara dust cloud looms over Cuba, Caribbean and Florida

Havana - A massive cloud of Saharan dust darkened much of Cuba on Wednesday and began to affect air quality in Florida, sparking warnings to people with respiratory illnesses to stay home.

Cuba declares coronavirus pandemic 'under control'

Havana - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has declared the coronavirus pandemic "under control" after the island nation registered an eighth straight day without a death from COVID-19.

Marriott ceases Cuban operations after new Trump sanctions

Havana - Marriott has been ordered by the US Treasury Department to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by the end of August and abandon plans to open others in Cuba, a spokeswoman for the American hotel group told AFP on Friday.

Cuba dreading Trump re-election, says diplomat

Havana - The re-election of Donald Trump as president of the United States would be "the worst" scenario for Cuba, Havana's top diplomat in charge of relations with Washington told AFP."If the Republicans win ...

Cuba seeks delay in debt repayment to 2022: diplomats

Havana - Cuba has asked the Paris Club of major creditors for a delay in repaying its debt until 2022, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its economy, diplomatic sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Artists, athletes cling to their dreams on Havana's rooftops

Havana - These are hot, humid days in Havana.

Balcony banners, e-rallies as pandemic curbs May Day demos

Havana - Workers of the world scaled back their traditional May Day demos Friday with coronavirus lockdowns forcing many to rally online while a determined few hit the streets in face masks.

In virus-hit Cuba, the struggle to get food on the table

Havana - Yadira types out a message to her WhatsApp group, with the name of a Havana store where a supply of chicken has just arrived.

Cuba's private sector suffering from a lack of tourists

Havana - Havana is a ghost town. The American convertibles swooned over by tourists are back in the garage, while most restaurants and cafes are closed.

Calls to loosen US sanctions as Cuba battles pandemic

Havana - As the deadly coronavirus spreads across Cuba, with 726 cases recorded by Monday, a growing chorus of voices is calling for an easing of the decades-long US embargo.

Cuba hits out at 'cruel' US sanctions during virus pandemic

Havana - Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

In Cuba, medical students provide door-to-door virus care

Havana - Student doctors in Cuba are trudging from house to house trying to identify cases of the coronavirus pandemic to stop it from spreading in the Caribbean island nation."How many people live here? Have you been in contact with foreigners?
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