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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.

Bolivia's Morales returns to Argentina after Cuba medical care

La Paz - Former Bolivian president Evo Morales said Sunday that he is returning to Argentina from Cuba, where he had gone for medical treatment last week."I feel very healthy.

Bolivia's Morales travels to Cuba for medical treatment

Buenos Aires - Former Bolivia leader Evo Morales traveled to Cuba from Buenos Aires on Monday for medical treatment, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez said."I believe he needs treatment and had to travel.

Cuban dissident freed but cannot leave country

Havana - An award-winning Cuban dissident who was detained this week announced Thursday that he has been released without charge but barred from a planned trip to Europe for a meeting on human rights.

Cuba's Havana Club rum faced with gauntlet of US sanctions

Los - US sanctions against Cuba have made life tough for producers of the island's signature alcoholic drink, rum, but despite running a gauntlet of obstacles, they're still managing to survive.

Bolivia's interim government cuts ties with Cuba: foreign ministry

La Paz - Bolivia on Friday announced it was breaking off diplomatic relations with long-time ally Cuba, the latest in a series of foreign policy reversals by the right-wing interim government.

'Crazy' Cuban jazz musician Fonseca putting home fans first

Havana - Roberto Fonseca has been enchanting jazz fans in Havana since he was 15. As the prodigious pianist once again heads a list of stars at the 35th edition of the Havana Jazz Festival, he spoke to AFP about his new -- and ninth -- album.

US sharply reduces flights to Cuba

Washington - The United States on Friday sharply reduced flights allowed to go to Cuba in a bid to reduce revenue to the communist island.

US eyes sanctions over growing Russian support for Venezuela

Washington - The United States will take action in response to growing Russian support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a senior US official warned Monday.

US places ban on Cuban defense chief

Washington - The State Department announced Thursday it was barring Cuba's defense chief from entering the US, citing what it called human rights violations in supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Harry Villegas, Che Guevara loyalist, dies at 81

Havana - Harry Villegas, a Cuban guerilla who served under Che Guevara in his doomed Bolivia campaign and subsequently walked in his funeral procession, has died in Havana, state television reported on Sunday.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Cuba to reform at its own pace despite US sanctions: minister

Havana - Cuba will continue to enact economic reforms at its own pace regardless of the pressure exerted by a US embargo, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil told AFP.

Cuba to name first prime minister in 40 years

Havana - Cuba is to resurrect the position of prime minister in a parliamentary session at the end of the week, with President Miguel Diaz-Canel nominating a candidate to the post which has remained dormant for more than 40 years.

Doctors kidnapped in Kenya 'are well,' Cuba says

Havana - Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Kenya in April and taken to Somalia "are well," a Cuban official said Tuesday, adding that both countries were working to get them released.

Cuba reluctant to cut ties with US, says top official

Havana - Cuba is bracing for the possibility of the United States breaking off diplomatic ties but will seek to maintain them nonetheless, Havana's top diplomat in charge of relations with Washington told AFP.

US-Cuba relations: from sudden warming to icy plunge

Havana - Cold War enemies for more than five decades, Cuba and the United States dramatically improved their ties in 2014 before an icy reversal under President Donald Trump five years ago.Here is a recap.

Cuba-US relations backslide five years after landmark thaw

Havana - Five years ago this week, Washington and Havana surprised the world when they agreed to reopen diplomatic ties severed in 1961, but relations have since slid downhill as if on a fresh layer of Cold War ice.

Oxen and horses put back to work in Cuba

Villa - A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.

Cuban economy hit as tide turns against doctors program

Havana - Luisa Garcia received a hero's welcome when she arrived back in Havana last month, one of hundreds of Cuban health workers sent home by the Communist-run island's erstwhile allies.

Op-Ed: Pompeio claims Cuba & Venezuela hijacking Latin American protests

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has for a long time supported and propped up right-wing governments in Latin America that support US policy while often ignoring those governments' sometimes violent repression of pro-democracy protests.

Havana at 500: a city in four portraits

Havana - Half a millennium since its founding by Spanish colonists, the Cuban capital Havana has become a byword for Latin American romance and revolutionary nostalgia.
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Roads and homes were running rivers of water today as people were taken to safety.
Roads and homes were running rivers of water today as people were taken to safety.
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Havana street
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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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Fidel Castro s old limo.
Fidel Castro's old limo.
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General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
French Steve Herelius Vs. Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez.(on the right) WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champi...
French Steve Herelius Vs. Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez.(on the right) WBA Interim Cruiserweight Championship in Germany.
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Former Cuban President  87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an...
Former Cuban President, 87-year-old Fidel Castro makes a rare public appearance at the opening of an arts studio in Havana, January 9, 2014.
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Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the ...
Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the island.
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Lazaro Borges of Cuba watching as his pole snaps during the 2012 Olympics pole vault qualifying
Lazaro Borges of Cuba watching as his pole snaps during the 2012 Olympics pole vault qualifying
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A trainer supervises as a woman dead lifts at a gym in Havana
A trainer supervises as a woman dead lifts at a gym in Havana
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Cienfuegos in central Cuba
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Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president ...
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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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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After attending a mass at the Church  Ladies in White group in Havana peacefully march demanding the...
After attending a mass at the Church, Ladies in White group in Havana peacefully march demanding the release of their loved ones who are political prisoners.
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ISLAND: Building housing Havana s unofficial diplomatic team in Washington  D.C.  will be Cuba s new...
ISLAND: Building housing Havana's unofficial diplomatic team in Washington, D.C., will be Cuba's new embassy now that the two countries have restored full diplomatic relations.
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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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