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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.

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.
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CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that ...
CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that U.S. airlines have permission to schedule regular flights in keeping with a gradual lessening of diplomatic tensions that began in 2014.
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Cienfuegos in central Cuba
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French Steve Herelius Vs. Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez.(on the right) WBA Interim Cruiserweight Championship in Germany.
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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
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General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Vintage American cars on a Havana street
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President of Cuba Raul Castro visiting El Salvador
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Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful marches demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the island.
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Cuban Art
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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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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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Location of US's Guantanamo Detention Center -- far from Havana or the United States at Navy Base
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STRUCTURE: Cuba s capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
STRUCTURE: Cuba's capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
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