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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.

Pompeo urges no vote for Cuba on Human Rights Council

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged UN members not to support Cuba's bid to join the organization's Human Rights Council.

US sanctions London-based Cuban bank

Washington - The United States announced sanctions Thursday against Havin Bank LTD, a London-based Cuban entity also known as Havana International Bank, dealing a blow to the Cuban financial system.

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.

CIA-trained former Cuban spy Antonio Veciana dies in Miami

Miami - Cuban Antonio Veciana, a CIA spy who dedicated his life to trying to kill Fidel Castro and destabilize the island's communist government, has died in Miami at 91, his daughter said Friday.

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.

Virus-hit Brazil lets Cuban doctors resume work

Bras - Brazil re-enlisted more than 150 Cuban doctors Monday to help fight a surge in coronavirus cases, a year and a half after Havana ended a medical assistance program over a row with President Jair Bolsonaro.

US, Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

Washington - The United States and Cuba traded accusations of support for terrorism as President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday blacklisted the communist island, saying it had not fully cooperated on counterterrorism.

US adds Cuba to blacklist on counterterrorism

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it had added Cuba to a blacklist of countries that do not fully cooperate on counterterrorism, denouncing the presence of Colombian leftist guerrillas.

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

Havana - These are hot, humid days in Havana.

Cuban embassy in Washington struck by gunfire, suspect arrested

Washington - A man armed with a high-powered assault rifle fired multiple rounds at the Cuban embassy in Washington early Thursday, authorities said, damaging the building but without causing any injuries.

Pompeo criticizes S.Africa, Qatar for taking Cuban doctors

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday criticized South Africa and Qatar for accepting doctors from Cuba to battle the coronavirus, accusing the communist island of profiting from the pandemic.

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?

Cuba suspends May Day parade over virus worries

Havana - Cuba on Tuesday announced a rare suspension of its May Day parade, a fixture of the country's political calendar since the 1959 Communist revolution, as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba

Havana - Nesmi Orslom relished his Cuba vacation to the very end: "In every city that we went, to every bar to have a drink, we always ordered a pina colada or a mojito!

Cuba closes borders to non-residents over virus: president

Havana - Cuba announced on Friday the closure of its borders to non-residents due to the coronavirus pandemic, having previously tried to remain open to keep its key tourism industry alive.

Virus-hit British cruise ship docks in Cuba

Artemisa - A British cruise ship that was turned away from Barbados and the Bahamas over coronavirus infections docked in Cuba on Wednesday.

Independent media in the firing line in Cuba

Havana - Monica Baro's investigation into cases of lead poisoning in Havana won her a prestigious Latin American journalism award but few friends in the Cuban government, which views independent media outlets like hers with growing suspicion.

Pompeo writes Cuba to free dissident leader Ferrer

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday appealed directly to Cuba to free leading dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer, vowing to hold the communist government accountable for the treatment of prisoners.

Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

Havana - The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island.
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STRUCTURE: Cuba s capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
STRUCTURE: Cuba's capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
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