News from Cuba:
March 8, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba welcomes the proposal of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU), Catherine Ashton, of starting a political dialogue with Havana, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Thursday.
March 7, 2014
Despite the recent increase in chatter surrounding the Atlantic poll on US public opinion towards Cuba and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist shifting his stance on the half-century old economic embargo, the US has missed out on yet another opportunity to foster meaningful ties.
March 1, 2014
PARIS, France (RSF) -- Press freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has reiterated its call for the release of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer who completed a year in detention in Cuba on Friday and who began a blog in 2008 called Los hijos que nadie quiso.
February 27, 2014
The winds of change are beginning to shift in the direction of those who favor a normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States. These include recent revelations from a sugar baron and a former governor, both of whom were once bitter foes of the Castro brothers.
February 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- International sales of Cuban cigars in 2013 accounted for revenues of $447 million, eight percent higher than expected, industry executives highlighted during the opening of the 16th International Havana Cigar Festival. Ana Lopez, director of operational marketing...
February 22, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The governments of Cuba and Venezuela signed 56 collaboration agreements on Thursday in the areas of health, agriculture, construction, education and culture. The accords, which were signed following the 14th Bilateral Intergovernmental Commission...
February 19, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- If successful, proposed negotiations between the European Union and Cuba could see the full restoration of bilateral relations between the two. The EU wants to see these talks get underway by next month. Officials in Havana have said they are considering the EU request.
February 19, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s tourism sector reported that revenues in 2013 increased to over $1.8 billion, a figure that exceeds that reported for 2012, following a modest growth in the number of visitors. According to the National Statistics Office, the sector experienced some instability...
February 17, 2014
PARIS, France (ACN) -- Intellectuals, politicians and diplomats attended in Paris, France, the launch of the book History Will Acquit Me, Fidel Castro’s defence statement at his trial in 1953 after the attacks on the Moncada Garrison. The book, which was translated into French by Jacques-Francois Bonaldi...
February 13, 2014
Outputs from the recent Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in Cuba included calls for equality, the creation of a zone of peace, and for the US embargo on Cuba to be lifted. This call by one Caribbean leader after another masks a serious issue for a Caribbean...
February 12, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban government said it will consider the invitation extended by the European Union to negotiate a cooperation agreement, according to a note published on Monday afternoon on the foreign ministry's website. "Cuba will consider the invitation made by the European Union...
February 11, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Charlie Crist, a former governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, described as an ineffective relic Washington's economic and financial embargo of Cuba and said it should be lifted. Crist, a 57-year-old former Republican, who is now running for re-election in November as a Democrat...
February 10, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The establishment of effective trade facilitation offices, both at national and regional levels has been recommended as a key to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) taking greater advantage of trade agreements with third countries.
February 8, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Canadian band Skinny Puppy will demand compensation from the US for using their music to torture prisoners held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. Keyboardist Cevin Key told CTV News they are also planning an additional claim against the US Defense Department...
February 7, 2014
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (ACN) -- Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinals of the Caribbean Baseball Series held at Margarita Island, Venezuela, beating the host squad 5-4, a result that left Cuba without the possibility of advancing in the event. Forced to beat the undefeated Magallanes Navegantes...
January 30, 2014
On Tuesday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 29, 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met in Havana, Cuba, to discuss a multitude of pertinent issues in the region, the most prominent being inequality, poverty and national security.
January 29, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba -- Peace and security, sustainable development and human rights are on the agenda at the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which opened in Cuba on Tuesday and where United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to...
January 28, 2014
MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada on Monday announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is expanding its choice of more Caribbean destinations this summer. Routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas...
January 27, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was due to travel on Sunday to Havana to participate in the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), scheduled for this week, a spokesperson at the UN headquarters in Geneva said on Friday.
January 27, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Manuel Marrero, Cuban minister of tourism, and Adolfo Mesquita , secretary of tourism of Portugal, have expressed their interest in boosting bilateral ties in this sector. Both officials agreed in a meeting held during the 34th Tourism Fair in Madrid (FITUR) that...
January 27, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – “Adios Tour” is the title of the farewell world tour that the legendary Cuban group Buena Vista Social Club will begin at the end of June in several European countries. Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, director of the group, announced on Friday in a press conference that the tour will end in...
January 25, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Hubert Mendez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to Cuba, declared on Thursday that the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), will endorse the region’s decision to make progress in its process of integration. In an exclusive interview with ACN...
January 23, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The minister-president of the Cuban Central Bank, Ernesto Medina, said in Havana that the number of automatic teller machines (ATM) and bank offices will be progressively expanded to improve those services to the people. After inaugurating a branch office of...
January 21, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The heads of state and government who will take part at the second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Cuba will begin arriving in Havana on January 27. According to the event’s agenda, the inaugural session will take place...
January 20, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Some 41 Cubans marched on Friday morning to the Wilhelmina Square in Curacao because their residency papers are not in order. Most of them have stayed for eight years in Curacao without a permit, although such permits were promised to them by previous government leaders.
January 16, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba and the United Kingdom made progress on Tuesday in Havana in the identification of new business and investment opportunities in sectors that are key for the two markets, such as renewable energy, agribusiness, tourism and biotechnology.
January 16, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The therapeutic vaccine Racotumomab (Vaxira), developed by Cuba’s Molecular Immunology Center (CIM) for advanced lung cancer is among the country’s scientific achievements, said experts at CIM. The immunogen, which began to be applied in primary health care...