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Saturday, August 7, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Cuba's iconic former leader Fidel Castro says his childhood struggle against unjust authority turned him into a rebel and revolutionary, in extracts of his upcoming autobiography published online on Thursday by Cubadebate.com. "I wasn't born a politician, although as a young child... read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Cuba on Thursday strongly objected to its inclusion on a US terrorism blacklist and demanded its immediate removal, calling the annually updated list one of the most "irrational" aspects of US policy toward Cuba.  The report also criticized Cuba's allies in Latin America, including Venezuela. read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is expected to address the communist country's National Assembly for the first time in four years on Saturday.  State media reported on Wednesday that a special session, requested by Castro, would be held this weekend. read more...



Monday, August 2, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) Japanese JTB tour operator's maiden charter flight arrived in the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, reported the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR).  This new connection serves the Tokyo-Havana route with a stopover in Tijuana, and is carried through Aeromexico. read more...



Monday, August 2, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba reduced the budget deficit approved by the Parliament in 2009 by 826 million pesos and increased revenues, though slightly, reported the Committee on Economic Affairs to the National Assembly of People's Power. Chairman of this Committee Osvaldo Martinez recalled that... read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) -- Canada has called in Cuba's envoy to voice concern at the detention of seven Canadians in the Caribbean nation, warning Havana it could lose tourists its economy needs, the foreign affairs ministry said. Ottawa called in Havana's representative to a meeting on Tuesday. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- A Cuban who has been in prison in the United States since 1998 on espionage charges is in poor health, a top Cuban official has said, warning that Washington would held responsible for his condition. "The health of Gerardo (Hernandez) is in danger and that situation is entirely the... read more...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Cuba's lawmakers on Wednesday mulled legalizing more small private businesses, perhaps expanding a limited program to include farm and food industries in the economically struggling communist nation, state media said. Committees in the National Assembly were reviewing... read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AFP) -- Fidel Castro made an appearance on Monday marking the start of Cuba's communist revolution, in the latest in a series of public events for the country's longtime leader. Wearing his traditional olive green shirt, Fidel Castro was seen in television images at the ceremony. read more...



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Fidel Castro unveiled plans on Tuesday to release a book in August that includes stories from his childhood and explains how he became a revolutionary. The longtime Cuban leader said the 25-chapter book would be titled "La Victoria Estrategica," or "The Strategic Victory." read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CAYO SANTAMARIA, Cuba (ACN) -- “We are moving towards the economic union between Cuba and Venezuela” said Cuban President Raul Castro in closing the first summit between the two nations on Monday. Castro pointed out that both nations have travelled a long and intense way together. read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AFP) -- President Raul Castro refrained from speaking on Monday at celebrations marking the start of Cuba's communist revolution, dashing expectations he would announce a loosening of controls on the island's economy. Instead, Vice President Jose Ramon Machado, an old-guard... read more...



Saturday, July 24, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- The last five of a group of recently freed Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Friday along with with several of their family members. The five men, aged between 39 and 66, arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport on two commercial flights from Havana. They completed the list of 20. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Three more recently freed Cuban dissidents arrived in Madrid on Thursday, part of a group of 52 which Havana began to release in mid-July, according to a Spanish diplomatic source. A further five ex-detainees were due to arrive in Madrid on Friday, completing the list of 20. read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Last month’s visit of the Holy See’s foreign minister, Monsignor Dominique Mamberti, to Cuba highlighted the historically uneasy relationship between the Cuban government and the nation’s Catholic Church. However, it should be recognised that overall, relations between Havana and the Church... read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- The United States has offered refugee status to all freed Cuban dissidents and their families, opposition activists said after meeting Tuesday with officials at the US Interests Section in Havana. So far, 12 released prisoners have traveled to Spain and eight others are expected to join them. read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Cuba's release of all its political prisoners would improve its relations with Europe and United States, and could lead to the lifting of a US embargo, the Spanish foreign minister said on Wednesday. Miguel Angel Moratinos welcomed as "good news" Cuban parliament chief Ricardo Alarcon's... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro has made his fifth public appearance in slightly over a week to warn Cuban diplomats about what he believes will be an imminent nuclear war in the Middle East. Castro was shown by Cuban television Friday addressing diplomats at the Cuban Foreign Ministry. read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Nine more Cuban dissidents recently freed by Havana will arrive in Spain this week, joining 11 other former prisoners already in the country, the Spanish foreign minister said on Saturday. "Next Tuesday, nine other political prisoners will arrive with 50 members of their family"... read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- A former US State Department official was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for his role in a 30-year conspiracy to provide classified data to Cuba, officials said. The Justice Department said the 73-year-old would also not be granted an opportunity for parole. read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Cuban dissidents recently released by Havana said on Thursday disease was rampant in the damp, crowded and rat-infested prisons where they were held while water was scarce and food came with dirt. "The hygiene and health situation was not bad, it was worse than bad"... read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Two more freed Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Wednesday, a day after the first batch from a total of 52 political prisoners who are being released by Havana, the foreign ministry said. Journalists Normando Hernandez, 40, and Omar Rodriguez, 44, arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport. read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- The UN's human rights chief hopes that Cuba will quickly review the situation of its remaining political prisoners and free them soon, her spokesman told AFP on Wednesday. Cuba last Wednesday agreed to free 52 political prisoners in a surprise church-state deal. read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

MIAMI, USA (AFP) -- A Cuban refugee, adrift 23 days on a polystyrene foam raft in the Caribbean Sea, was picked up on Tuesday by the US Coast Guard some 50 miles south of Florida, the maritime law enforcement service said. The Cuban was trying to reach US shores and was badly dehydrated when he was rescued. read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Seven Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Tuesday, the first batch of a group of 52 political prisoners which Havana agreed to free in the biggest gesture by the island's government in a decade. The seven men arrived at Madrid's Barajas airports on two separate commercial flights. read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MIAMI, USA (AFP) -- Cuba's decision to release 52 political prisoners Havana does not signal any shift in the communist regime's hold over the island, US analysts said Tuesday. Havana's release of seven of the dissidents to Spain Monday, ahead of four more expected transfers in the coming days... read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Recovering hunger striker Guillermo Farinas said on Tuesday that Fidel Castro's TV interview signaled "tacit support" for Cuba's release of 52 political prisoners and that nothing has changed on the communist island. Fidel Castro, 83, on Monday made a rare, videotaped television appearance. read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- The first of a group of political prisoners ordered released by the Communist rulers in Cuba will arrive in Madrid on Tuesday on two commercial flights, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said. "I believe that according to the latest figures there will be 11 Cuban political... read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared on state-run television for the first time in nearly a year on Monday, looking alert and healthy but with a wavering voice that betrayed his advanced age. Castro, 83, appeared animated as he discussed his views on the Middle East and North Korea. read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

VIENNA, Austria (AFP) -- Press watchdog IPI on Sunday welcomed Cuba's decision to release a first batch of political prisoners, but insisted that all jailed dissidents must be freed. "We call on Cuba to immediately release all the dissidents, including journalists, who remain in prison"... read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- The first of a group of 52 political prisoners ordered released by the Communist regime in Cuba could arrive in Spain as early as Monday, the Spanish foreign ministry said. If all 52 activists are freed, it would be the largest prisoner release since President Raul Castro took Cuba's reins. read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Former president Fidel Castro has made his first known public appearance since late last year, in photographs broadcast widely on Cuban television Sunday and published in government newspapers. The images show Castro in his first known public outing since December. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

On Wednesday, July 7, Cuba vowed to release fifty-two political prisoners, five immediately and forty-seven in upcoming months. If successfully carried out, this would mean that about one-third of current political detainees on the island will have been released, leaving approximately one hundred still in custody. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- A leading Cuban dissident said on Friday he was surprised by Havana's decision to free more than 50 political prisoners but hopeful it could lead to further releases, according to a radio interview. Guillermo Farinas ended a 135-day hunger strike on Thursday after the Cuban government said... read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said he “welcomed the decision of the Cuban government to free 52 prisoners” from different jails in that country, as well as the decision of Guillermo Fariñas to end his fast. Insulza said the decision... read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday welcomed Cuba's planned release of 52 political prisoners, saying the step by the communist island was overdue but "a positive sign." Clinton said she spoke late Wednesday by telephone with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- A leading Cuban dissident on Thursday ended a 135-day hunger strike after the communist government said it would free 52 political prisoners, raising hopes for improved international ties. "This confrontation... has no winners or losers, only Cuba, our nation, has won," Guillermo Farinas said. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela on Wednesday deported suspected Salvadoran terrorist Francisco Chavez Abarca to Cuba, where he is wanted in connection with several bombings of Havana hotels in 1997. Chavez Abarca was detained last week as he tried to enter Venezuela on a false passport. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Cuba agreed to release 52 political prisoners, including five dissidents on Wednesday, exceeding a bold demand by a hunger-striker near death that some two dozen ill political prisoners be freed. The breakthrough church-state deal looked set to yield the biggest prisoner release... read more...



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MIAMI, USA (AFP) -- Seven Cubans who set off by raft from the communist island hoping to reach the United States were intercepted and returned home on Tuesday, US Coast Guard officials said. The would-be immigrants were spotted by a passing ship, which reported them to US authorities. read more...



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