Parents identify spy son as part of US-Cuba trade

2014-12-19 11:17

A former intelligence official in the US has publicly identified their son as the unnamed spy traded for three Cuban intelligence agents jailed in the US.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

2014-12-19 06:49

A lack of unanimity toward Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in policy toward Cuba.

China hopes US will lift Cuba embargo

2014-12-18 13:19

China says it hopes the United States will lift its economic embargo on Cuba, in place for more than half a century, as the two countries normalise relations.

Pope weighs in on US-Cuba talks, hails move

2014-12-18 10:25

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for the breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as 'historic' in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Hillary Clinton backs Obama move on Cuba

2014-12-18 07:25

Former US Secretary of State and potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's move to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostile relations.

US lawmakers furious over Obama's Cuba move

2014-12-17 21:12

Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed outrage over Washington's historic Cuba breakthrough, warning that Congress will block efforts to lift the trade embargo against that country.

Cuba frees US prisoner Alan Gross

2014-12-17 16:27

Cuba has freed Alan Gross - a US contractor jailed since 2009 - on humanitarian grounds at the request of the United States, a US official says.

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

2014-11-19 12:01

A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and will be sent to Geneva for treatment, a report says.

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola

2014-10-31 09:37

Countries from around the Americas have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centres.

Cuba doctors at forefront of Ebola crisis

2014-10-22 05:57

Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the US.

SA signs R350m Cuba deal

2014-09-26 17:05

South Africa has signed an agreement to provide Cuba with R350m in economic assistance, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says.

Cuba turns down Hemingway fishing log request

2014-09-12 19:23

US scientists won't get immediate access to invaluable fishing logs kept by Ernest Hemingway but authorities will work to let researchers see them eventually, Cuban officials say.

Hemingway grandsons push for Cuba marlin conservation

2014-09-09 06:30

Ernest Hemingway's grandsons sailed into the fishing village that inspired "The Old Man and the Sea" in a campaign to save game fish like the giant marlin that dragged the fictitious Santiago out to sea.

Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf

2014-09-02 16:43

The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fidel Castro signs pro-Palestine manifesto

2014-08-09 23:06

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro has signed an international manifesto "supporting Palestine", demanding that Israel respect UN resolutions and withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

2014-07-24 17:30

Worried by forecasts of rising seas from climate change, authorities say they are beginning to repair Cuba's first line of defence, its mangrove thickets, which have been damaged by decades of neglect.

China's Xi Jinping arrives in Cuba

2014-07-22 09:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Cuba, officials say, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology.

US hijacker sentenced to 20 years in prison

2014-07-18 11:55

A former Black Panther who hijacked an airplane in 1984 and diverted it to Cuba has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Putin kicks off Americas tour with Cuba stop

2014-07-11 17:11

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a six-day Latin American tour seeking to boost trade and ties in the region.

Cuba's economic changes must be gradual - Castro

2014-07-06 08:02

President Raul Castro has reiterated that Cuba's programme of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country's already-struggling economy slowing.

Close Guantanamo Bay

2014-06-11 06:30

"Tear down this prison," should be the "tear down this wall" of the 2000s, says Simon Williamson.

Cuba offers US prisoner exchange

2014-06-03 07:59

A Cuban agent formerly imprisoned in the US has voiced hope that three compatriots still jailed in the US could be freed in a swap, after Washington's recent prisoner swop with the Taliban.

Cuba experiments with wholesale market

2014-06-02 06:30

Cuba has opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area.

US must explain 'Cuban Twitter' - Costa Rica

2014-04-24 11:44

The Costa Rica government has warned the US against the launch of a 'Cuban Twitter', they now demand answers.

Senator calls 'Cuba Twitter' a cockamamie idea

2014-04-08 20:22

A Twitter-like Cuban social media network that the US government built to stir unrest was a "cockamamie" idea doomed to discovery and failure, a key US senator has said.


Paul: US trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'

2014-12-19 10:45

Senior Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked."

Cruise lines to benefit from end of embargo

2014-12-18 16:04

An end to the five-decade US trade embargo against Cuba will provide a major boost to American cruise lines, as well as the island's economy.

SA hails Obama’s US-Cuba initiative

2014-12-18 12:45

South Africa has hailed US President Barack Obama's announcement of moves to 'normalise' his country's diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Miami Cubans slam Obama's 'betrayal'

2014-12-18 09:21

Cubans in Miami's Little Havana have reacted with anger to President Barack Obama's dramatic bid to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island.

After first big step, US faces long path to forge ties with Cuba

2014-12-17 22:46

The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity, but the path is full of obstacles.

Obama announces move to normalise relations with Cuba

2014-12-17 19:40

President Barack Obama has announced a move to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba, saying it is time to "cut loose the shackles of the past".

Fidel Castro wins China's Confucius Peace Prize

2014-12-11 14:42

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of the Confucius Peace Prize, China's alternative to the Nobel Prize.

Erdogan says Muslims discovered Americas

2014-11-15 22:09

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Cuba sends 83 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

2014-10-22 17:58

A contingent of 83 doctors and nurses have departed Cuba for Guinea and Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Outrage over Che Guevara perfume

2014-09-27 18:54

Cuba has denounced a state-run company for using the names of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and legendary Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara for new fragrances.

Cuba sends 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

2014-09-26 12:56

Cuba says it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

Cuba estimates total damage of US embargo

2014-09-10 10:30

US sanctions against Cuba have cost the island nation $3.9bn in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the overall estimate of economic damage.

Search underway for US plane near Jamaica

2014-09-06 12:29

The US military is searching for a plane carrying three people that crashed off the coast of Jamaica in an incident that prompted rare co-ordination between Cuba and the US.

New import restrictions anger Cubans

2014-09-01 19:45

Cuba has raised duties and restricted imports on consumer goods brought in by air travelers or by mail, imposing greater hardship for a fledgling private sector.

Cuban tourism industry stalls

2014-07-31 10:13

The Cuban tourism industry has stagnated in 2013 and is struggling to get more visitors, the latest indication of a general slowdown in the country's economy.

China's Xi eyes increased investment in Cuba

2014-07-23 10:30

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in a visit to expand investment in the fellow communist nation, his last stop on a four-country Latin American charm offensive.

Castro blames Ukrainian government MH17 crash

2014-07-18 17:26

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the "warmonger" government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for shooting down a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board.

Putin denies Russia to reopen Cuba spy post

2014-07-17 21:38

President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russia plans to reopen a Cold War listening post in Cuba as new US sanctions over Ukraine ratcheted up tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Putin to meet with Fidel Castro

2014-07-09 06:28

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set for a Latin America tour that will take him to Cuba, Argentina and Brazil as he seeks to shore up support for his policies amid a showdown with the West.

Cuba protests record US fine of BNP Paribas

2014-07-04 09:04

Cuba has criticised the record US fine against BNP Paribas, saying President Barack Obama's administration has now imposed more penalties than any US president.

Haitians left on barren islands off Puerto Rico

2014-06-03 15:18

US officials say three groups of migrants from Haiti and Cuba have been abandoned by smugglers on two barren islands off Puerto Rico.

US-Taliban prisoner swap a precedent

2014-06-02 21:33

The exchange of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for a US Army soldier held captive in Afghanistan, could set a precedent for a similar swap with Cuba.

Man denied citizenship after 50yrs in US

2014-05-14 13:33

Mario Hernandez, aged 58, has passed multiple background checks to serve in the US Army and as a federal prison guard, but has been denied US citizenship.

Cuban-American leaders helped 'Cuban Twitter'

2014-04-22 08:35

Leaders with the largest non-profit organisation for young Cuban-Americans have quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" programme.

US travellers to Cuba continues to rise

2014-04-08 08:26

Americans are feeling the call of the island of Cuba, a study off data from US airports and Cuba's National Statistics Office has revealed.

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