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Diaz-Canel's first year as Cuba president in five events

Havana - A deadly plane crash, economic woes, a new constitution, US sanctions and taking to social media: Miguel Diaz-Canel's first year as president of Cuba has been anything but straightforward.

Cubans steeled to resist latest US sanctions

Havana - The United States may have announced a raft of measures that could hamper investment in Cuba in a bid to ramp up pressure on the communist government, but in Havana life is trundling along with the usual serenity.

Flood of lawsuits, flight of investors on cards with US Cuba move

Havana - The US decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, including triggering an avalanche of lawsuits as well as action before the World Trade Organization.

EU, Canada warn of reprisals as US targets foreign interests in Cuba

Apo - The European Union and Canada warned Wednesday of reprisals after the United States for the first time allowed lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba, including EU and Canadian firms.

Trump ramps up pressure on Cuba in Latin America offensive

Miami - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Cuba with new restrictions on US travel and remittances and a green light to lawsuits over seized property as he vowed to rid Latin America of leftists.

US announces Cuba property law despite EU warnings

Washington - The United States said Wednesday that a long-delayed law would go into effect next month that allows lawsuits over property seized by Cuba and that it issue make no exemptions for angered Europeans.

After 23-year delay, US squeezes Cuba on confiscated property

Washington - President Donald Trump will open the way for lawsuits in US courts over property confiscated by Cuba, enforcing a controversial law that angered European allies and could rattle the island's economy, after more than two decades of delay.

US sanctions companies sending Venezuelan oil to Cuba

Washington - The US Treasury on Friday unveiled financial sanctions on four maritime shipping companies and nine of their oil tankers over crude deliveries to Cuba, to pressure Havana to end support for Venezuela.

Two Cuban doctors in Kenya kidnapped by suspected jihadists

Nairobi - Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors in northeastern Kenya on Friday and killed their police escort officer, officials said.

Defiant Cuba enacts new constitution amid US pressure

Havana - Communist-run Cuba enacted new constitution Wednesday that recognizes the role of the free market in the country's future while championing socialism as Havana faces increasing US pressure.

Dinner in white in Cuba: a French picnic and American ambience

Havana - "Dressing in all white -- the ambience, the Champagne, the sparkles -- I love it," exclaimed Kay Barnes, who traveled from Florida to participate along with hundreds of other Americans in Cuba's first Dinner in White, a giant, chic, French-inspired pic...

Cuba newsprint shortage sounds alarm for economy

Havana - The newsprint shortages which forced Cuba's Communist daily to run a trimmed-down edition on Friday would pass off as a simple supply glitch in most other countries, but in Havana they carry chilling memories of the not-so-distant past.

US moves to cut off Venezuela oil, Cuba trade

Washington - The United States on Friday announced sanctions on ships of Venezuela's state oil company and companies that link it to key ally Cuba, hoping to cut off vital lifelines for President Nicolas Maduro.

Cuban dailies to slash editions over newsprint shortage

Havana - Communist Party daily Granma and other Cuban newspapers will slash edition sizes from Friday because of a shortage of newsprint, echoing similar cutbacks imposed by Fidel Castro after the fall of his Soviet Union ally in the 1990s.

Hemingway legacy writes unifying chapter for US, Cuba: lawmaker

Havana - Ernest Hemingway's legacy helps to bring Americans and Cubans together, an American congressman said as he opened an archive at the legendary writer's onetime home in Havana, despite tensions between the two nations.

Google signs deal with Cuba to boost internet services

Havana - US tech giant Google on Thursday signed a deal with Cuban operator ETECSA to explore ways of boosting internet service on the communist-run island, despite diplomatic tensions between Washington and Havana.

Britain's Prince Charles unveils Shakespeare statue in Havana

Havana - Britain's Prince Charles unveiled a statue of William Shakespeare in Havana when he took to the streets of old city Monday as part of the first visit by the British royal family to communist-run Cuba.

Britain's Prince Charles heads to Cuba amid US tensions

Havana - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will make the first royal visit to communist-run Cuba on Sunday at a time when ally Washington is seeking to ramp up sanctions against the island.

Cubans use new found social media heft to challenge leaders

Havana - Cubans are using new found social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island.

US slashes visa duration for Cubans in 'reciprocal' move

Havana - The United States announced on Friday it would replace a five-year, multiple-entry tourist visa offered to Cubans with a single-entry visa valid for just three months, to match the island nation's own visa rules for US visitors.

US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro

Washington - Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo took aim at Cuba and Russia on Monday for their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington wants to remove from power.

Cuba taps into high-end luxury tourist market

Havana - In Havana, there's a shop selling a camera for more than $25,000 -- roughly 850 times the average monthly wage in Cuba.

US backs away from allowing suits against foreign companies in Cuba

Washington - The United States on Monday backed away from a threat to allow Cuban exiles to file suit in US courts against foreign companies operating in Cuba, limiting such legal action to Cuban entities.

US threat looms over foreign firms trading with Cuba

Havana - US President Donald Trump's administration is brandishing the threat of sanctions against foreign companies "trafficking" with Cuba, a move hitherto mothballed by Washington so as not to offend allies.

Pompeo: 'No one should be fooled' by Cuba constitution vote

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday dismissed a referendum in Cuba on a new constitution that affirmed the central role of socialism, calling it stage-managed "political theater" rather than a democratic vote.

Cubans back new constitution affirming role of socialism

Havana - Cubans voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional reforms that cement the role of socialism in the island nation, the electoral commission said Monday.Some 6.

Cubans back new constitution affirming role of socialism

Havana - Cubans voted overwhelmingly in favor of constitutional reforms that cement the role of socialism in the island nation, the electoral commission said Monday.Some 6.

Cuba votes in referendum on new constitution

Havana - Cubans voted in a referendum on a new constitution Sunday with the backdrop of mounting pressure from the United States and continued support for Venezuela's socialist regime.

Cuba's constitution vote seen as referendum on socialism

Havana - Cuba was gearing up Friday to vote on a new constitution for the first time in decades, a poll seen as a possible referendum on the role of socialism itself in the one-party state.

Cuban cigars hit record sales thanks to increasing Chinese demand

Havana - Boosted by growing demand from China, sales of Cuban cigars reached a record $537 million in 2018, a seven percent increase over the previous year despite global laws against tobacco, the partially state-owned Habanos said Monday.
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