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More research on diplomat brain injuries in Cuba, but few answers

Tampa - Diplomats who sustained mysterious brain injuries while stationed in Cuba experienced a cluster of symptoms, including anxiety, mental fog and dizziness, that is more complex than previously reported, scientists said Wednesday.

Cuba finally rolls out mobile 3G, though too costly for most

Havana - Cuba became one of the last countries in the world to get 3G mobile internet services on Thursday, though most citizens on the communist-run island won't be able to afford it.

In its 40th year, Havana film fest a far cry from its heyday

Havana - In the good old days, Havana came to a near-standstill for 10 days for its annual film festival, with 500 movies screening in dozens of theaters.

Cuba set to tighten screws on private sector

Havana - Ten years after they were first authorized to do business in Cuba, private entrepreneurs will be subjected to tougher restrictions from Friday -- a move likely to stall their expansion on the communist-ruled island.

Canada to reassess Cuba presence over diplomat brain injuries

Ottawa - Canada said Saturday it will send a delegation to Cuba next week to reevaluate its presence there after another diplomat was diagnosed with a mysterious brain injury that has affected several dozen North American envoys to the island.

Another Canadian diplomat diagnosed with Cuba brain injury

Ottawa - Another Canadian diplomat in Havana has been diagnosed with a mysterious brain trauma that in 2016 started afflicting Canadian and US officials in the Cuban capital, a senior official said Thursday.

Cuba worried the IOC will ring boxing's final bell

Havana - Olympic champion in 2016 and four times a world champion, Julio Cesar La Cruz has his eye on Tokyo 2020 glory.

Spanish PM promises to keep investing in Cuba on historic visit

Havana - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised on Friday to continue investing in Cuba on the second day of his historic visit to the island nation, the first by a Spanish leader in 32 years.

Cuba president greets returning doctors after Brazil feud

Havana - Cuba President Miguel Diaz-Canel personally welcomed back doctors at Havana airport, a local newspaper reported, as 200 returned from Brazil following a spat between the two Latin American countries' leaders.

Spain's PM Sanchez repeats Brexit veto threat after May talks

Havana - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez maintained his threat to scupper Britain's draft deal to exit the European Union following a meeting with UK counterpart Theresa May on Thursday.

Sanchez on first official trip by Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years

Madrid - Pedro Sanchez on Thursday kicks off the first official visit by a Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years, as Havana seeks closer ties with the European Union faced with a hardline United States.

Cuba eyes EU's planned Iran sanctions-busting system

Apo - Cuba hopes a special payment system the EU is creating to get round US sanctions on Iran will help it sidestep its own Washington-imposed trade embargo, a senior official told AFP on Monday.

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.

Putin meets new Cuban leader on first Moscow visit

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday met Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel who was making his first official visit to long-term ally Moscow.

Putin to meet new Cuban leader on first Moscow visit

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday on his first official visit to long-term ally Moscow.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

Trump slaps 'tough' sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

Miami - The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that also includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

UN rejects US bid to criticize Cuba and calls for end to embargo

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday called for an end to the decades-old US embargo on Cuba, adopting a resolution by an overwhelming majority and rejecting US moves to criticize Havana's human rights record.

US puts focus on Cuba rights abuses as it faces UN censure

New York - Facing condemnation for its decades-old embargo on Cuba, the United States will on Thursday try to shift the focus at the United Nations to the communist government's human rights record.

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.

Cuban diplomats at UN stage noisy protest at US event

New York - Cuban diplomats shouted slogans and noisily pounded tables at the United Nations on Tuesday, disrupting a meeting organized by the United States on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

Diplomats stage UN protest during US event on Cuba

New York - A group of UN diplomats disrupted a US-organized meeting on the plight of Cuban political prisoners at the United Nations on Tuesday, shouting down a US diplomat who demanded that security guards remove them from the hall.

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.

Cuba protests US event at UN on political prisoners

New York - Cuba has asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to cancel plans by the United States to launch a campaign at the United Nations on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

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.
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