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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.

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.
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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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1952 Chevrolet, a so-called 'yank tank' or 'maquina' in Havana, Cuba.
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Vintage American cars on a Havana street
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Devastation in Cuba from Hurricane Sandy
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Fidel Castro's old limo.
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General view of the main nave of Havana Cathedral.
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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STRUCTURE: Cuba's capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
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The facade of "El Mejunje" cultural centre in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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