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Chanel glitz comes to Havana, Cubans watch from afar

Havana - French fashion house Chanel staged its first Latin American catwalk show in newly trendy Havana Tuesday, but ordinary Cubans were left watching the glitz from afar.

Happy tears as first US-Cuba cruise in decades docks

Havana - Cuban Americans wept with joy Monday as they stepped onto their parents' homeland off the first US cruise ship to sail to the island in half a century.

First U.S.-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail

Miami - The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Cuba May Day rally defends embattled Latin American left

Havana - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched Sunday in the country's annual May Day rally, which condemned a campaign to "destabilize" leftist governments around Latin America.

Cuba's budding businesswomen learn on the fly

- Gretel de la Rosa, a budding Cuban businesswoman, had been in Mexico City for just a few hours, but she already had stuffed three bags with fabric for her shop back home.

Britain's Hammond, Cuba's Castro agree on debt restructuring

Havana - Visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reached an agreement on restructuring Cuban debt payments in a meeting with President Raul Castro, officials in Havana said.

British foreign secretary in Cuba, a first since 1959

Havana - Britain's foreign secretary met Cuban officials on the first such visit to the island since 1959, for talks on boosting trade and tourism ties with the communist state.

Cuba cardinal, key to better U.S. ties, steps down

Havana - Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Catholic church's top official in Havana and a promoter of closer ties with the United States, will be leaving the post, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Cuba jazz musician snubbed by White House and Voice of America

A controversy over the Obama White House treatment of Cuban jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera has been ignored by the Voice of America (VOA) whose late music broadcaster Willis Conover had played a major role in promoting jazz and artistic freedom.

Cuba clears way for cruise ship resumption

Havana - Cuba cleared the way Friday for the resumption of cruise voyages to and from the United States, lifting a restriction that barred travelers born in Cuba from the trips.

Cuba old guard to flank Raul Castro until 2018

Havana - Fidel Castro appeared alongside brother Raul at a Communist party congress that ended without sweeping leadership changes, leaving to another day the question of who will run Cuba when the old guard bows out.

Fidel makes second outing in two weeks at Communist Party meeting

Havana - Fidel Castro made an appearance Tuesday at Cuba's Communist Party Congress, his second public outing in less than two weeks, state-run media reported.

Raul Castro rejects privatization, 'shock therapy' for Cuba

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro rejected rapid privatization and vowed never to pursue "shock therapy," setting the tone for a Communist Party congress reviewing progress in revamping the island's moribund Soviet-style economy.

Despite Obama, no revolution expected at Cuba party congress

Havana - Cuba's communist party gathers Saturday for a rare party congress less than a month after US President Barack Obama's historic visit, but Cubans eager for change are likely to be disappointed.

Stigma dogs businessmen going it alone in Cuba

Havana - Anywhere else, Gilberto Valladares would pass for a small businessman with a sense of social responsibility, but in Cuba the hairdresser is stigmatized as "anti-revolutionary" because he has prospered on his own.

Panama calls for regional solution to Cuban migrants

Panama - Panama on Friday called for a regional solution to growing numbers of Cuban migrants stranded on its territory as they try to make it to the United States.

Cubans blocked in Panama demand passage to US

Canoas - Thousands of Cubans stranded in Panama, many increasingly desperate and penniless, demanded Thursday that borders closed to them in Central America be reopened to allow them to reach the United States.

More than 1,000 migrants storm border into Costa Rica

San Jos - More than 1,000 migrants, most of them Cubans, thronged and then stormed across Panama's border into Costa Rica in a desperate bid to reach the United States, officials said.

Cuba inc. —The empire strikes back Special

While most Cubans welcomed President Obama when he came to Havana last month, the country’s retired leader Fidel Castro sat out the party — probably because it wasn’t his party.

Cuba on the cusp Special

If you were blindfolded and parachuted into the beach resort town of Varadero you’d be hard pressed to identify where you were.

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in nine months

Havana - Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama's recent visit.

U.S. repatriates 52 Cuban migrants

Miami - The United States on Wednesday repatriated 52 Cubans, including 20 rescued from a raft together with six gunshot victims who may remain in the country, the US Coast Guard said.

Fidel Castro blasts Obama's Cuba trip

Havana - Fidel Castro laid into Barack Obama after the US president's historic visit to Cuba in a testy newspaper column Monday, saying the communist island doesn't need any "gifts from the empire.

Rolling Stones thrill Cuba with free two-hour Havana concert

Havana - Rock-and-roll icons the Rolling Stones rocked Havana, Cuba, on Friday with a free concert in the city's Sports City complex.

Op-Ed: Scientists say turn Guantanamo Bay into a marine research park

Long before his historic trip to Cuba, President Barack Obama had been trying to close the infamous prison facility at Guantanamo Bay. Many Republicans have opposed this, insisting that the prison sends a strong message to would-be terrorists.

Rolling Stones to rock Cuba in historic concert

Havana - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans were expected Friday at the Rolling Stones' first gig on the communist island, with fans once banned from listening to rock 'n roll heralding a dream come true.

After Obama visit, the Rolling Stones take over Cuba

Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s groundbreaking visit, the British invasion has started as the Rolling Stones are taking over Cuba.

U.S. repatriates 58 Cuban migrants as immigration rises

Miami - The United States repatriated 58 Cubans rescued from rafts while trying to reach American shores in dangerous waters, the US Coast Guard said.

'Just words': Cubans applaud Obama visit, but see little change

Havana - After the heady excitement of seeing President Barack Obama shatter decades of US-Cuba hostility, Cubans woke up Wednesday wondering how much will really change on the communist island.

Obama leaves Cuba, but Obama effect remains

Havana - President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba was heavy on symbolism and light on immediate results, but the after-shocks have the ability to shift Cuba's future, analysts said.
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