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Cubans to join public debate on new constitution recognizing private enterprise

Havana - Cuba called on its citizens Monday to join a series of public debates on a new constitution that will recognize the role of market forces and private enterprise in the Communist island's economy.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.

Cuba constitution referendum date set for February 2019

Havana - The national referendum to ratify Cuba's new constitution will take place on February 24, 2019, state television said Thursday.

Cuba plans to consult expatriates on new constitution

Havana - Cuba plans to let its 1.4 million expatriate citizens contribute to its new constitution, the first time emigrants will have a say in the island's affairs since the 1959 revolution.

Frozen in time, Havana looks to put a modern stamp on its 500-year history

Havana - Havana could be compared to the colorful 1950s classic American cars that fill its roads: an object of desire for historians and tourists alike.To walk through its streets is to take a step back in time.

Cuba's Castro hits out at US sanctions on left-wing LatAm gov'ts

Santiago De Cuba - Former Cuban president Raul Castro on Thursday accused the United States of tightening "the noose" around his country, Venezuela and Nicaragua but vowed to "respond to every challenge.

Top US diplomats probe latest health 'attacks' in Cuba visit

Washington - Recent mystery illnesses that have injured 26 US diplomatic personnel and their families in Cuba have prompted a surprise visit by three senior State Department officials to the communist island nation.

Cuba's new constitution would allow same-sex marriages

Havana - The new constitution being debated this weekend by Cuban legislators would provide a legal path for same-sex marriage, an important demand of the socialist island's LGBT community.

Market economy set for recognition in Cuban constitutional reforms

Havana - Cuban legislators are set to implement sweeping constitutional reforms this weekend that will legally recognize private property and the market economy, as well as encourage foreign investments, but capitalism remains a dirty word.

Reforms loom, but not capitalism: Cuba president

Havana - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday said that while reforms loom in the Communist country, they would not be an embrace of capitalism.

Cuba plane crash caused by human error: company

Mexico - A plane crash that killed 112 people in Cuba on May 18 was caused by human error, the Mexican company that owned the jet said Monday.

Cuban reforms stress free market, private property and investment

Havana - Socialist Cuba is planning a series of potentially far-reaching changes, with a new constitution set to recognize the free market and private property, while dividing political powers between a president and a prime minister.

Cuba reauthorizes private sector, but with tighter controls

Havana - Cuba on Tuesday reauthorized private businesses after a year-long freeze, but with tighter controls than before on a segment of the economy that now makes up 13 percent of the Communist island's workforce.

Cuba reauthorizes private sector, but with tighter controls

Havana - Cuba on Tuesday reauthorized private businesses after a year-long freeze, but with tighter controls than before on a segment of the economy that now makes up 13 percent of the island's workforce.

Cuba to get ready for same sex marriage: Castro daughter

Havana - In Cuba, where homosexuals once suffered harsh repression, a new reform-oriented constitution being drafted could pave the way for same sex marriage, Raul Castro's daughter Mariela Castro Espin says.

US confirms 25th diplomat hit by mystery Cuba illness

Washington - The United States said Thursday that another diplomat has fallen sick in Cuba with the symptoms of a mystery illness that has hit two dozen of his or her colleagues."This is the first medically confirmed case in Havana since August 2017.

Colombia, ELN rebels end fifth round of talks without agreement

Havana - The Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla group ended their fifth round of peace talks in Havana on Friday without reaching an agreement for a bilateral ceasefire, but vowed to continue their dialogue.

Cuba says cause of US diplomats' illness still a mystery

Havana - Cuban authorities on Sunday said they remained baffled by a mystery ailment that has afflicted numerous US diplomats on the island, with the latest case reported last month.

US fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Fpo - A US health alert issued for China over a mysterious illness has revived fears of a rumoured sonic weapon that first surfaced after a scare involving American diplomats and their families in Cuba two years ago.

US issues new China health alert over mystery illness

Bejing - The US embassy in China issued a new health alert for its citizens on Friday after more US government employees were evacuated from the country over fears they may have been hit by a mysterious illness.

Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader

Havana - Eric Schmidt, a board member of Google's parent company Alphabet, met Monday with Cuba's new president to discuss improving Cuban internet connectivity, one of the world's lowest."The benefits of the internet to the world are extraordinary.

Seven killed in storm Alberto flooding in Cuba

Havana - Heavy flooding caused by Subtropical Storm Alberto killed seven people when it struck Cuba, Civil Defense officials said on Saturday.

US-Cuba mail service fully implemented after trial phase

Havana - Direct mail service between the United States and Cuba was fully established Friday at the end of a trial period despite a toughening stance by President Donald Trump towards the island's government.

Cuban leader defends Maduro on first foreign visit

Caracas - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defense of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support his Venezuelan counterpart's cause.

Colombia's ELN rebels ready for talks with next president

Havana - The chief negotiator of Colombia's ELN guerrillas said Tuesday he is ready to continue talks with the government even if the hardline rightist candidate wins next month's runoff presidential election.

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

Havana - Cuba will seek to amend its constitution to further open up the economy but without modifying the "irrevocable character of socialism," authorities there said Monday.

Cuba air crash toll rises to 112

Havana - A woman died in a Cuban hospital Friday after suffering severe burns, bringing to 112 the number of victims from last week's crash of a Cuban airliner.

Cuba regrets CIA Bay of Pigs veteran died without trial

Havana - Havana expressed regret Thursday that a former CIA agent who led a bloody campaign against Fidel Castro had died without ever being brought to justice for "terrorist" crimes against Cuba.

China finds 'no clues' behind US staffer's brain trauma

Bejing - China has found no clues to determine what caused a US government employee to suffer a brain trauma after experiencing unusual sounds, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Cuba's new leader brings hope for gay rights

Havana - Gay rights in Cuba have come a long way since the early years of the Communist revolution, when countless people were marginalized or forced to flee because of their sexual orientation.
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