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Internet, the thorn in the side of Cuba's one party state

Havana - Cuba's communist leadership has always viewed the internet with suspicion while trying desperately to control it.

Russia, Cuba seek closer 'strategic partnership'

Havana - Russian President Vladimir Putin called communist Cuba's new leader Miguel Diaz-Canel Tuesday to discuss strengthening the two countries' "strategic partnership," the Russian foreign ministry said in a message retweeted by its embassy in Havana.

Raul Castro: Cuba's pragmatist who emerged from Fidel's shadow

Havana - Long in his brother Fidel's shadow, Raul Castro led Cuba with pragmatism for 15 years ahead of his retirement at the age of almost 90.

Cuba gets new leader as last Castro officially retires

Havana - Cuba marked the end of an era Monday with the official transfer of power from the Castro clan, in charge for six decades, to the communist country's first civilian leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Cuban economy, internet on party agenda ahead of Castro exit

Havana - A dire economic crisis and the "subversive" nature of the internet were on the agenda Saturday and Sunday as a historic congress of the Communist Party of Cuba meets ahead of longtime leader Raul Castro's departure from power.

Cuba changes leadership, seeks 'respectful' talks with US

Havana - The all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) opened a historic congress Friday to rubber-stamp the transfer of power to a new generation as outgoing leader Raul Castro committed it to "respectful" talks with the United States.

No Castros in charge: leadership change in Cuba

Havana - Cuba's leadership is passing to a younger generation, with the last Castro leaving office and ending a 60-year family monopoly, but there is little other change as power remains firmly with the Communist Party.

Cuba: New animal-welfare law allows cockfights, religious sacrifice

Havana - Cuba on Saturday published a new animal-welfare law, the country's first, providing fines in cases of abuse but not banning cockfights or animal sacrifices during religious rites.

Cuba erects giant concrete flag in front of US embassy

Havana - Cuba has erected a giant concrete flag in front of the US embassy in the capital Havana as hopes of an improvement in bilateral relations under the Joe Biden administration fade on the island nation.

New era beckons for Cuba, without a Castro in power

Havana - Cuba will emerge from the April congress of its all-powerful Communist Party without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 60 years.

Dissident leader Ferrer released by Cuba: supporter

Havana - Leading Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was released late Friday after 10 hours in police custody and ordered by a judge to end his political activities, he said.

Rap hit rattles leaders of communist Cuba

Havana - In Cuba, where music and revolution are intertwined, a song by rappers boldly denouncing the communist government has found viral appeal online -- but angered a regime that keeps close tabs on culture.

Squeezed by sanctions, pandemic, Cuba finally opens up economy

Havana - Cuba is undergoing a paradigm shift: after decades of tight, centralized control, the communist government is opening up the bulk of its economy to the private sector.

Press, health and education remain in state control under Cuba reforms

Havana - Cuba's weekend announcement that it would authorize private enterprise in most sectors of its economy excludes 124 areas, such as the press, health and education, the labor ministry said Wednesday.

Bogota taking rebel attack threat 'very seriously': mayor

Apo - Bogota's mayor said Wednesday that she is taking "very seriously" an alleged plan by left-wing guerrillas to carry out an attack on the Colombian capital.

Cuba tipped off Colombia about looming left-wing ELN rebel attack

Apo - Cuba has tipped Colombia off about a plan by the left-wing ELN guerrilla group to attack Bogota in the "next few days," Colombia's defense minister said Monday. "The Colombian government received from the Cuban ambassador...

Cuba authorizes private activity in majority of sectors

Havana - Cuba announced Saturday that private activity will be authorized in most sectors, a major reform in the communist country where the state and its companies dominate economic activity.

Cuba gripped in dollar frenzy, peso under pressure

Havana - The US dollar, nigh impossible to obtain legally in communist-run Cuba, has become a coveted commodity raking in double the state-determined exchange rate on the black market as the peso falters.

Covid strands 1,000 Cuban, Haitian migrants in Colombia

Apo - The closing of Panama's border due to Covid has stranded a thousand migrants -- most from Haiti and Cuba -- in Colombia, as they had planned to sneak across on their way to the United States, officials said Thursday.

Cuba says Trump sanctions cost it $20 billion

Havana - The Trump administration's stepped-up sanctions against Cuba cost the communist-run island some $20 billion, a foreign ministry official said Wednesday.

Mobile internet: Cuba's new revolution

Havana - Since arriving in Cuba just two years ago, mobile internet has revolutionized life here -- helping people find food, fuel and even medicine amid crippling shortages, and helping them organize protests in a country where waving a placard can land you in...

Days before Trump exit, US rebrands Cuba state sponsor of terror

Washington - President Donald Trump's outgoing administration on Monday returned Cuba to the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, the latest in a slew of last-minute actions to hinder President-elect Joe Biden's diplomacy.

Pompeo says US redesignating Cuba as state sponsor of terrorism

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he was placing Cuba back on a blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, a last-minute roadblock to expected efforts by President-elect Joe Biden to ease tensions.

Cuba to test Covid vaccine candidate in Iran

Havana - Cuba will test its most advanced Covid vaccine candidate, in Iran, the research center that developed it announced on Saturday.

Pompeo hints at returning 'evil' Cuba to terror list

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hinted that he wants to redesignate "evil" Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a late-term move that would pile pressure on the communist island.

Pompeo hints at returning 'evil' Cuba to terror list

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hinted that he wants to redesignate "evil" Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a late-term move that would pile pressure on the communist island.

Teachers and lion tamers get same wage under Cuban reform

Havana - Cuban school teachers, journalists, lion tamers and doctors-in-training will earn the same salary under reforms spelled out Thursday and taking effect in the new year.

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to fight pandemic amid US opposition

Panama - A group of 220 Cuban health care professionals arrived in Panama on Thursday to help fight the coronavirus pandemic despite objections from the United States, Panama's health ministry said.

Catholic church in Cuba urges dialogue after rare protest

Havana - The Catholic church in Cuba, the only political interlocutor recognized by the country's communist government, called Saturday for "dialogue and negotiation" two weeks after a rare protest over freedom of expression.

Cuba to increase minimum salary fivefold

Havana - Cuba will increase its minimum wage fivefold as part of reforms due to come into effect on January 1 as it unifies its two official currencies, the official gazette said on Friday.
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