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.

US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

2014-04-03 19:03

The US govt masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" - a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.

Cuban law to attract foreign investment

2014-03-30 13:16

Cuba's National Assembly has passed a new foreign investment law that aims to bring badly needed capital to the communist economy by offering steep tax cuts.

Cigars shortened to counter anti-smoking laws

2014-02-25 21:32

Shorter cigars that can be savoured more quickly are Cuba's strategic response to global anti-tobacco campaigns.

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties

2014-02-10 20:00

The European Union has agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade and investment, in its most significant diplomatic shift since 2008.

Anger as new, used cars go on sale in Cuba

2014-01-03 22:26

Cubans hoping to snap up imported cars after the relaxation of restrictions dating back half a century had a shock with prices way out the reach of anyone but the elite.


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.

Foreigners still distrust Cuban law

2014-03-31 15:42

Cuba has declared itself open for business with a new foreign investment law, but faces deep scepticism given a history that includes jailing foreign executives.

Cuban spy released from US prison

2014-02-27 21:06

A Cuban spy has been released from a US prison after more than 15 years behind bars, and will be turned over to immigration to be deported.

North Korean ship seized with arms returning to Cuba

2014-02-15 20:24

A North Korean ship caught in July while trying to move undeclared Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal, has left to return to Cuba.

5.0 earthquake sways buildings in Havana

2014-01-10 06:57

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off Cuba in the Straits of Florida, swaying medium-rise buildings in the Cuban capital.

Cuban ban on car imports is history

2014-01-03 08:50

Cuba is now allowing new cars to be imported, revoking a ban that has lasted for decades..

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