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US targets Cuba tourism with tighter airline sanctions

Washington - The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.

Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso dead at 98

Havana - Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso, who developed a new Latin-influenced style and taught well into her 90s despite being practically blind for most of her dancing career, died on Thursday. She was 98.

Spanish King Felipe VI to visit Cuba in November

Havana - Spain's King Felipe VI will visit Cuba next month as part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the island nation's capital Havana, the European country's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Wednesday.

Russia's Medvedev says Cuba can 'rely' on Moscow

Havana - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Cuba on Thursday it could rely on Moscow's support as he began a two-day visit, with Havana looking to shore up aid amid severe fuel shortages it blames on US sanctions.

Firms in Cuba running afoul of US banking squeeze

Havana - The bank used by a Swiss NGO operating in Cuba has refused to handle any more transfers to Havana over fears of US sanctions, a concern replicated across the international financial system when dealing with the communist-run island.

Cuba decries US Castro ban at United Nations

New York - Cuba slammed the United States at the United Nations Saturday for barring former president Raul Castro and his family from entering the country.

Amazon sued over online sales of Cuban charcoal

Havana - Online giant Amazon is the latest company to be sued under a US law for profiting from property seized by Cuba's communist government after the 1959 revolution.The suit follows a similar case against American Airlines and Latin American carrier LATAM.

US bars Cuba's Raul Castro and family

New York - The United States on Thursday announced travel sanctions against Cuba's Raul Castro and his family, accusing the former president of violations of human rights.

American Airlines, LATAM face lawsuit over Cuba business

Havana - The son of the former owner of Cuba's main airport has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and South American carrier LATAM for profiting from property seized by Fidel Castro's government.

With queues and blackouts, Cubans suffer fuel crisis

Havana - Ernesto Mirabal gave up a night's sleep for a few gallons of gas at a Havana service station, where lining up for five hours has become the norm during a severe fuel shortage on the Communist-run island.

Cuba pesticides may have caused Canada diplomats' injuries: study

Ottawa - Neurotoxins in pesticides used to fumigate against mosquitoes may be behind mysterious health complaints of Canadian diplomats in Cuba that had been blamed on suspected sonic attacks, according to a new study Thursday.

Two members of Cuba's UN mission ordered to leave US

Washington - Two members of Cuba's UN mission have been ordered to leave the United States after allegedly engaging in activities harmful to US national security, triggering a sharp denial from Havana.

Cubans fear return to 90s austerity amid cuts

Havana - Havana awoke Thursday to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.

Cuba denounces suspension of official Twitter accounts

Havana - The Cuban government on Wednesday denounced the suspension of multiple official media Twitter accounts during a live TV address by President Miguel Diaz-Canel about the communist island's fuel shortage.

EU's Mogherini forges closer ties with Cuba amid growing US pressure

Havana - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday reaffirmed the bloc's drive to deepen trade with Cuba and counter a wave of lawsuits against European firms as Washington increases pressure on the communist-run island.

Cuba's intranet creators, thriving despite regulatory clampdown

Havana - What, no internet? That is no problem for Juan, who used to play the e-sports game Dota 2 on a giant local intranet created with a massive network of cables and antennas connecting thousands of homes in Havana.

Canada FM to press Cuba on its support for Venezuela's Maduro

Ottawa - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will travel to Havana next week to press Venezuela's top ally Cuba to stop propping up President Nicolas Maduro's regime and to help bring an end to the Venezuela crisis.

Cuba falls in love again with the beard — and it's not about Fidel

Havana - Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro's revolution, but after falling out of favor, facial hair is back -- and this time, it's not political.

Cuba to defend itself in US court over ExxonMobil lawsuit

Havana - Cuba announced Tuesday it would defend itself in US court against oil giant ExxonMobil, which has accused two companies on the island nation of "unlawful trafficking" of its assets after Fidel Castro's 1959 communist revolution.

Cuban leaders attend funeral of cardinal who fostered thaw with US

Havana - Cuban leaders on Sunday attended the funeral Jaime Ortega, a cardinal who played a key role in improving ties between Havana and Washington during the administration of Barack Obama.

Cuba expands internet access, but under a very wary eye

Havana - All Cubans can now have Wi-Fi in their homes, as the island's government extends internet access even while trying to maintain control over its version of the "truth" and to defend its legitimacy, a top official tells AFP.

Cuban cardinal who fostered thaw with US dead at 82

Havana - The cardinal who played a key role in improving ties between Cuba and the United States during the administration of Barack Obama died on Friday at the age of 82, the archbishop of Havana said.

Scans on US diplomats in Cuba show 'something happened to the brains'

Washington - Brain scans of about 40 US diplomats injured in mysterious circumstances in Cuba reveal visible differences compared to those in a control group, researchers who analyzed them said Tuesday.

First transgender couple married in Cuba

Havana - A transgender couple married in Cuba this week, a first on the island nation where sexual minorities have long suffered discrimination.The couple had to register their civil union according to the official genders on their identity documents, though.

Key things to know about Cuba's government reforms

Havana - Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved a new electoral law that will alter the country's government with the restoration of the post of prime minister, but one fundamental reality remains unchanged: the central and unique role of the island's Communist P...

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

Havana - For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the "music of the enemy." But Cuba's rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

US adds Saudi Arabia, Cuba to blacklist on human trafficking

Washington - The United States on Thursday added Saudi Arabia and Cuba to its blacklist of countries that it says are not doing enough to fight human trafficking, a designation that could bring sanctions.

Cubans feeling the pinch as Trump cruise ban bites

Havana - The waxy sheen on his splendid 1934 Ford glimmers in the Caribbean sun, but nobody is hiring Estaban Estrada's red and white convertible these days -- the dollars have dried up now that US cruise liners are no longer calling at Havana.

Cubans left frustrated by slow and costly internet rollout

Havana - Six months on from the euphoria that greeted full internet access for mobile phones on the communist-run island, frustrated Cubans complain it is too expensive, too slow and crippled by government censorship.

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say

Washington - A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.
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