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Cuba set to debate draft constitution paving way for gay marriage

Havana - A draft new constitution for Cuba that paves the way for same-sex marriage as well as the right to private property was ready to go before lawmakers on Thursday for fine-tuning ahead of a referendum next year.

First Cuban doctors return over spat with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Havana - The first of more than 6,000 Cuban doctors working in Brazil arrived back on the Communist-run island Thursday after Havana announced it was withdrawing from a medical aid program over a spat with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Cuba to pull thousands of doctors from Brazil in Bolsonaro row

Havana - Cuba announced Wednesday it will pull thousands of its doctors out of Brazil in response to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's "direct, contemptuous and threatening" remarks about its medical aid program.

Returning Cubans boost island's real estate market

Havana - In shorts and wearing shoes but no socks, Mauricio Garcia could pass for a tourist as he strolls around Old Havana.

Cuba hands over US national sought by Interpol

Havana - Cuba on Wednesday handed over to the United States an Interpol-sought American who had been avoiding justice in the neighboring Caribbean nation.

Cuba plans a center devoted to study of Fidel Castro: Granma

Havana - As the second anniversary of Fidel Castro's death approaches, Cuban authorities are working on a center for the study and promotion of his ideas, the official newspaper Granma reported Saturday.

Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

Havana - Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.

Trump restrictions aside, American Airlines boosts profile in Cuba

Havana - American Airlines announced Monday that it would offer more daily flights to Cuba, by 2019, despite US restrictions on Americans traveling to that country.

Cuban president marks change of style with first tweet

Havana - Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel sent his first message on Twitter on Wednesday, helping to set a new tone as leader of the Communist-run island compared with his predecessors the Castros.

Colombian guerrillas want peace talks before suspending fight

Havana - Marxist rebels in Colombia said on Monday they will not suspend their insurgency until President Ivan Duque names a new team of peace negotiators to restart Cuban-hosted talks.

Santa Clara: Che's city but also Cuba's gay haven

Santa Clara - Jose Augustin Hernandez is a 53-year-old local government official in Cuba -- who is transgender, sports a flamboyant pink wig and goes by the name Adela.

US-Cuba relations 'in decline,' president says

Havana - Relations between Cuba and the United States are in decline under President Donald Trump, his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel said in an interview broadcast Sunday."Relations today are in decline.

Workers fired for selling 15,000 apples to one client in Cuba

Havana - Several employees of a Cuban supermarket have been fired for selling 15,000 apples to a single customer in a country regularly plagued by food shortages.

Rebels reject Colombia govt peace talk terms

Havana - ELN guerrillas on Monday branded as "unacceptable" conditions set by Colombian President Ivan Duque to restart peace talks in Cuba aimed at ending their insurgency.

Catholic Church urges Cubans to reject same-sex marriage

Havana - Cuba's Catholic Church has called on the public to reject a plan to legalize gay marriage in the country's proposed new constitution, describing it as "ideological colonialism" imposed by rich countries.

Rumba, the dance of seduction running through Cubans' veins

Havana - Born among black slaves on sugar plantations, Cuba's rumba has since become a national icon almost as renown as its cigars or amateur boxers and two years ago was designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

Cuba signals willingness to open railway operation to foreigners

Havana - Cuba has signaled its willingness to open up the operation of its extensive state railway system to foreign companies in a decree published Wednesday as part of a spate of economic reforms.

Cubans to join public debate on new constitution recognizing private enterprise

Havana - Cuba called on its citizens Monday to join a series of public debates on a new constitution that will recognize the role of market forces and private enterprise in the Communist island's economy.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.

Cuba constitution referendum date set for February 2019

Havana - The national referendum to ratify Cuba's new constitution will take place on February 24, 2019, state television said Thursday.
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