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Obama names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

Washington - The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America's top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades.

Fidel Castro seen in state media for third time in a week

Havana - Fidel Castro appeared in state-run media Monday for the third time in less than a week, which is extremely rare for the father of the Cuban revolution.

China's Li seeks new tack in ties with Cuba

Havana - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state.

Japan PM seeks Cuba's help amid N. Korea nuclear 'provocations'

Havana - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a visit to Cuba Friday with condemnation of North Korea's nuclear "provocations" and a request for help from Pyongyang's ally Havana to pursue a "world without nuclear weapons.

Japanese PM in Cuba to 'open new page' in ties

Havana - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to "open a new page" in relations.

EU submits Cuba normalisation accord for approval

Brussels - The European Commission on Thursday submitted for approval an accord to normalise ties with Cuba, long strained by the EU's backing of human rights activists in one of the world's last communist states.

A first: Cuban communist paper runs US embassy notice

Havana - Granma, the Communist Party newspaper and a source of anti-US tirades since 1965, made history Wednesday by running a US embassy notice for American citizens living in Cuba.

Five Cuban volleyball players jailed for gang rape in Finland

Helsinki - Five members of Cuba's national volleyball team were jailed on Tuesday in Finland for a gang rape that took place during a Volleyball World League championship in July, a district court said.

Iran's president in Cuba, meets Castros

Havana - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba where he met with his counterpart, Raul Castro, and the Cuban president's older brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro.

Iran's president in Cuba to meet Castros

Havana - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Cuba Monday for a visit in which he was expected to meet counterpart Raul Castro and his older brother and predecessor Fidel.

Iran's Rouhani heads for Venezuela, Cuba

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani set off Friday for a tour of Venezuela and Cuba before heading to New York for next week's UN General Assembly, official media reported.

Top Cuban dissident halts hunger strike

Havana - Leading Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ended a 54-day hunger strike Monday, citing a European Parliament plan to press Havana's communist leaders to ease up on dissidents.

Cuba says US embargo has cost it $4.7 bn since thaw

Havana - Cuba said Friday the United States's 54-year-old trade embargo has cost the island $4.7 billion since April 2015 despite the former Cold War enemies' historic rapprochement.

Inaugural commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

Santa Clara - The first regular commercial flight in more than 50 years from the United States landed in Cuba on Wednesday, as the two nations took the latest step in their efforts to boost ties.

JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week

Havana - The US airline JetBlue will make the first regular commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century next Wednesday, the Cuban authorities said.

Iran seeks closer ties with Cuba

Havana - Iran wants to forge a "new path" in its relations with Cuba by tightening ties, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday at the start of a Latin American tour.

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Havana - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance as he turned 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century.

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Havana - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro turned 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century.Both loved as a hero and hated as a dictator, Castro is one of the giant figures of modern history.

Putin wishes 'dear friend' Fidel Castro happy 90th birthday

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday congratulated his "dear friend" Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on his 90th birthday.

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Havana - Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro turns 90 on Saturday in an island transformed from the one he led for half a century.Both loved as a hero and hated as a dictator, Castro is one of the giant figures of modern history.

Colombia asks Pope, UN to help form post-conflict court

Havana - Colombian leaders and rebels seeking a historic peace accord sought Pope Francis and UN chief Ban Ki-moon's help Friday in setting up a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict.

Faithful cult worships Cuba's reluctant Fidel at 90

Santa Clara - It was just what the fiery communist leader Fidel Castro told them not to do.His admirers say he freed Cuba from tyranny, but the revolution wasn't about just one guy. Would they please not plaster his face everywhere?

Fidel Castro: 90 years in six snapshots

Havana - After surviving more than 600 assassination attempts, defying 10 US presidents and shaping half a century of history, Fidel Castro turns 90 on Saturday.

800 US-bound migrants in jungle on Panama-Colombia border

Panama - Around 800 US-bound migrants, most of them from Haiti, Africa, Asia and Cuba, are currently in dense jungle on the Panama-Colombia border, Panama's president said Friday, describing it as "another migration crisis.

Leading Cuban dissident begins hunger strike

Havana - Renowned Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Thursday he has begun a hunger strike demanding the Raul Castro government end torture and other human rights abuses against opponents.

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights

Havana - Cuba said Thursday there is "nothing to fear" regarding security as direct flights resume between the communist island and the United States, part of their historic rapprochement.

A year on, Cuba urges Obama to make thaw 'irreversible'

Havana - Cuba called Wednesday on US President Barack Obama to make the former Cold War enemies' reconciliation "irreversible," as they marked one year since the restoration of diplomatic ties.

A year on, United States, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends

Havana - A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks.

Six Cuban volley players suspected of rape in Finnish custody

Helsinki - Six members of Cuba's national volleyball team remained in custody over a suspected rape case in Finland, while two others have been released, local police said on Monday."The police have six players under arrest at the moment. Two players...

Cuba's small Muslim community to mark end of Ramadan

Havana - They speak little Arabic and don't have a real mosque, but Cuba's small Muslim community practices the faith and will quietly mark the end of Ramadan as best they can.
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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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The Presidio Modelo was built under President-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926–1928. T...
The Presidio Modelo was built under President-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926–1928. The five circulars were built to humanely house up to 2,500 prisoners. By 1961, they held 6 to 8 thous.It is now a museum.
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Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president Fidel Castro (R) talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) on July 11, 2014 in Havana
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Vintage American cars on a Havana street
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The facade of "El Mejunje" cultural centre in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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President of Cuba Raul Castro visiting El Salvador
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president  Luiz Ináci...
LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is a longtime advocate of normalized US-Cuban relations.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is a longtime advocate of normalized US-Cuban relations.
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1952 Chevrolet, a so-called 'yank tank' or 'maquina' in Havana, Cuba.
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Fidel Castro holding up a copy of his memoir Guerrilla of Time at his book launching in Havana, Cuba, on February 3, 2012.
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CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that U.S. airlines have permission to schedule regular flights in keeping with a gradual lessening of diplomatic tensions that began in 2014.
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General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.