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'Crazy' Cuban jazz musician Fonseca putting home fans first

Havana - Roberto Fonseca has been enchanting jazz fans in Havana since he was 15. As the prodigious pianist once again heads a list of stars at the 35th edition of the Havana Jazz Festival, he spoke to AFP about his new -- and ninth -- album.

US sharply reduces flights to Cuba

Washington - The United States on Friday sharply reduced flights allowed to go to Cuba in a bid to reduce revenue to the communist island.

US eyes sanctions over growing Russian support for Venezuela

Washington - The United States will take action in response to growing Russian support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a senior US official warned Monday.

US places ban on Cuban defense chief

Washington - The State Department announced Thursday it was barring Cuba's defense chief from entering the US, citing what it called human rights violations in supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Harry Villegas, Che Guevara loyalist, dies at 81

Havana - Harry Villegas, a Cuban guerilla who served under Che Guevara in his doomed Bolivia campaign and subsequently walked in his funeral procession, has died in Havana, state television reported on Sunday.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana - Cuba's first prime minister in more than four decades -- long-serving tourism minister Manuel Marrero -- took office Saturday as the country resurrected a post last held by Fidel Castro.

Cuba to reform at its own pace despite US sanctions: minister

Havana - Cuba will continue to enact economic reforms at its own pace regardless of the pressure exerted by a US embargo, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil told AFP.

Cuba to name first prime minister in 40 years

Havana - Cuba is to resurrect the position of prime minister in a parliamentary session at the end of the week, with President Miguel Diaz-Canel nominating a candidate to the post which has remained dormant for more than 40 years.

Doctors kidnapped in Kenya 'are well,' Cuba says

Havana - Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Kenya in April and taken to Somalia "are well," a Cuban official said Tuesday, adding that both countries were working to get them released.

Cuba reluctant to cut ties with US, says top official

Havana - Cuba is bracing for the possibility of the United States breaking off diplomatic ties but will seek to maintain them nonetheless, Havana's top diplomat in charge of relations with Washington told AFP.

US-Cuba relations: from sudden warming to icy plunge

Havana - Cold War enemies for more than five decades, Cuba and the United States dramatically improved their ties in 2014 before an icy reversal under President Donald Trump five years ago.Here is a recap.

Cuba-US relations backslide five years after landmark thaw

Havana - Five years ago this week, Washington and Havana surprised the world when they agreed to reopen diplomatic ties severed in 1961, but relations have since slid downhill as if on a fresh layer of Cold War ice.

Oxen and horses put back to work in Cuba

Villa - A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.

Cuban economy hit as tide turns against doctors program

Havana - Luisa Garcia received a hero's welcome when she arrived back in Havana last month, one of hundreds of Cuban health workers sent home by the Communist-run island's erstwhile allies.

Op-Ed: Pompeio claims Cuba & Venezuela hijacking Latin American protests

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has for a long time supported and propped up right-wing governments in Latin America that support US policy while often ignoring those governments' sometimes violent repression of pro-democracy protests.

Havana at 500: a city in four portraits

Havana - Half a millennium since its founding by Spanish colonists, the Cuban capital Havana has become a byword for Latin American romance and revolutionary nostalgia.

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Havana - Spain's King Felipe VI begins an unprecedented visit to Cuba on Tuesday to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the capital Havana at a time of increased tensions between the island nation and the United States.

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Havana - Spain's King Felipe VI begins an unprecedented visit to Cuba on Tuesday to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the capital Havana at a time of increased tensions between the island nation and the United States.

UN assembly condemns US embargo on Cuba, for 28th time

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday condemned the nearly 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba for the 28th year in a row, calling for an end to it by a vote of 187 to three.Only Israel and Brazil voted with the US against the resolution.

Cuba denies stoking Latin American social unrest

Havana - Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denied Friday that the country is behind recent social unrest in Latin America and rejected US allegations that it is supporting Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.

US to end scheduled flights to all Cuban airports except Havana

Washington - The United States will suspend all scheduled flights to Cuba except to its capital Havana, authorities said Friday, as US President Donald Trump pushes to dismantle the rapprochement begun by his predecessor Barack Obama.

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.
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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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After attending a mass at the Church, Ladies in White group in Havana peacefully march demanding the release of their loved ones who are political prisoners.
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President of Cuba Raul Castro visiting El Salvador
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STRUCTURE: Cuba's capital building in Havana is shown in 2004.
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital
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Vintage American cars on a Havana street
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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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