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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.

Change brings culinary revolution to Cuba

Havana - At 65, Ramon Alfonso has seen a lot of history in his native Cuba. But this is the first time he has eaten a vegan salad.After decades of communist rule and centuries of eating meat and beans, the island is opening up -- and so are its taste buds.

Nespresso announces plans to sell Cuban coffee in United States

Havana - Coffee grown and roasted in Cuba should be available in the United States this year for the first time in five decades, European coffee giant Nespresso announced this week.

U.S. film industry says 'hola' to Havanawood

Los Angeles - Hollywood has been clamoring to capture Cuba's colorful charm since a thaw in frosty Cold War relations, but the islanders say the boom comes with their own underfunded film industry in crisis.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Havana - It was one of the most awkward moments of a press conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the island.

Don't yield to U.S. pressure, Maduro tells Caribbean leaders

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday accused the United States of exerting "brutal pressure" on nations in the region to isolate his country, already battered by an economic crisis and domestic political upheaval.

Cuba considers legalizing small private businesses

Havana - The Cuban authorities are considering legalizing certain private businesses, a potentially transformative move for the communist island as it liberalizes its economy.

'Bourgeois' cult of beautiful bodies grows in Cuba

Havana - Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana.

Cuba bracing for rough waters as leftist tide goes out

Havana - Cuba is bracing for rough waters ahead as it navigates a political sea change in Latin America, where the left is fighting an outgoing tide.

Spanish foreign minister visits Cuba

Havana - Spain's foreign minister was in Cuba on Saturday for a bilateral visit that comes two months after the European Union and the communist-run country signed a deal to normalize relations.

Cuba dissidents present slate of candidates for 2017 election

Havana - Opposition leaders said Thursday they plan to present a slate of candidates for next year's legislative and local elections, an act of political defiance in communist-governed Cuba.

Closed Central America borders won't stop us, say U.S.-bound Cubans

Panama - Cubans eager to reach the United States will keep leaving the island despite a decision by several Central American countries to close their borders to them, some Cubans in Panama told AFP on Tuesday.

Panama closes border crossing to Cuban migrants

Panama - Panama on Monday slammed shut its border crossing with Colombia to Cuban migrants, becoming the third Central American country to halt access to an unrelenting exodus of Cubans trying to reach the United States.

Panama reaches deal to send 3,800 U.S.-bound Cubans to Mexico

Panama - Panama has reached a deal to transfer nearly 4,000 US-bound Cubans stranded on its territory to Mexico, an official said on Sunday, but added the flights would not be extended to future Cuban migrants.

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.
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