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Hillary Clinton to call for lifting of US embargo on Cuba

August 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton to call for lifting of US embargo on Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Hillary Clinton, candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, was expected to ask Congress on Friday to lift the embargo against Cuba during a planned visit to South Florida, where she was due to participate in two public meetings, according to...

Malaysian firm to market Cuban cancer vaccine

August 1, 2015
Malaysian firm to market Cuban cancer vaccine HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Malaysia's biotechnology firm Bioven, which is conducting clinical Phase III trials of a promising Cuban vaccine against cancer, plans to list on the London stock market. The relationship of the Caribbean country with Bioven, of which the Malaysian government is one of its major...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2 When it comes to Cuba what is often missed is that its government’s primary focus is not on the process of normalising its relationship with the US, but on the far more fundamental domestic reforms that are gradually changing the country’s political and economic model in ways that are intended...

Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up After 54 years of hostility between Cuba and the United States of America, the former opened its embassy in Washington, DC, the US capital of course, on Monday July 20. For all those years, Americans were restricted from traveling to Cuba, although many did so using circuitous routes through...

Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month

July 31, 2015
Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month WASHINGTON, USA -- As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, a remarkable documentary film profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing the boundaries and "Reinventing Cuba." The one hour documentary film, "Reinventing Cuba"...

IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region

July 31, 2015
IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), in a hearing of the US Congress’s House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said that the increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in...

Letter: Cuba-St Lucia trade relations

July 31, 2015
Letter: Cuba-St Lucia trade relations I was pleased to read in your news release of July 30 that Cuba and St Lucia signed a trade agreement that will deepen existing bilateral relations and examine future trade opportunities between our countries. I presume that St Lucia, through our ambassador to Cuba, is taking full advantage of...

Cuba and St Lucia sign trade agreement

July 30, 2015
Cuba and St Lucia sign trade agreement SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba -- Cuba and Saint Lucia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at expanding trade between the two countries. Saint Lucia’s Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) hopes to introduce quality Saint Lucian products into the Cuban market.

Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015

July 30, 2015
Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015 The two main players in the 1979 Grenada revolution was Russia and Cuba. They introduced the rest of the world’s scum like Iran, North Korea, the East European communist countries of that time, Vietnam and just about every communist country the world could offer, as a backing to Maurice Bishop.

New survey shows most US citizens support relations with Cuba

July 25, 2015
New survey shows most US citizens support relations with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Seven out of every ten US citizens support the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. As reported on its website, the opinion poll, conducted last week among citizens around the country...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet - Part 1

July 25, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the Internet - Part 1 In the last seven months much has been written about Cuba and the reopening of full diplomatic relations with the US. For the most part media interest has outpaced reality, demonstrating little understanding of the difficulty of what comes next; how it implies that two geographically proximate nations...

Cuba and US reaffirm willingness to continue talks

July 22, 2015
Cuba and US reaffirm willingness to continue talks HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and US Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed on Monday the willingness of both governments to continue talks in the search for solutions to issues of bilateral interest. Hoisting the Cuban flag for the first time after 54 years...

Cuban embassy opens in Washington

July 21, 2015
Cuban embassy opens in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- Amidst cheers of “Cuba sí, bloqueo no” (Cuba yes, embargo no), hundreds gathered on Washington, DC’s busy 16th Street to bear witness to the symbolic close to a chapter of American foreign policy. Trumpeting fanfare sounded as Cuban honour guard soldiers raised...

As Havana opens Washington embassy, bipartisan bill seeks to improve internet access in Cuba

July 21, 2015
As Havana opens Washington embassy, bipartisan bill seeks to improve internet access in Cuba WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the Cuban government officially opened an embassy on United States soil for the first time since 1961, a key step in updating US-Cuba relations for the 21st century. “In addition to serving as an important symbolic step in the process of normalizing relations...

Cross section of Cuban society to travel to US for embassy opening

July 18, 2015
Cross section of Cuban society to travel to US for embassy opening HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A diverse cross section of Cuban society will travel to Washington to participate in the opening of the Cuban embassy in the US capital on Monday, July 20, coinciding with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Gustavo Machin, deputy director...

Cuba does not discount opening a consulate in South Florida

July 17, 2015
Cuba does not discount opening a consulate in South Florida HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The chief of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington DC, Jose Ramon Cabañas, in an interview with Univisión 23 TV Channel on the opening of a Cuban embassy in the US on July 20, did not discount the possibility of opening a consulate in South Florida. In the first part of the interview...

Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston

July 17, 2015
Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston MIAMI, USA – Miami-based HavanaAir Charters continues its expansion into the Cuba market with its direct air carrier partner Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. HavanaAir will begin weekly, direct service from Houston International Airport to Havana, Cuba, giving US West Coast gateway cities a more...

Cuban lawmakers call for expanded internet access

July 15, 2015
Cuban lawmakers call for expanded internet access HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban deputies stressed the need to continue broaden access to internet throughout the country, after the local population’s positive reception of new internet rooms, Wi-Fi areas and the Nauta email service. The deputies spoke to Maimir Mesa Ramos, Cuban communications...

US, Cuba interests sections officially to become embassies on July 20

July 14, 2015
US, Cuba interests sections officially to become embassies on July 20 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- On July 20, the interests sections of Cuba and the United States in Havana and Washington respectively will officially become embassies, Josefina Vidal, director general of the United States Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

Spike in tourism in Cuba: Two million visitors already in 2015

July 13, 2015
Spike in tourism in Cuba: Two million visitors already in 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million tourists have visited Cuba from January 1 to July 10, according to a press release by the ministry of tourism. The two million mark was reached in 39 days fewer than in 2014, a spike in arrivals in the present year that translates in 16 percent growth, thanks to the....

Commentary: A New Revolution: The progression of LGBTQ rights in Cuba

July 13, 2015
Commentary: A New Revolution: The progression of LGBTQ rights in Cuba On the morning of April 26, Yosvani Muñoz Robaina, a 24-year-old Cuban transgender woman, was stoned to death at Roberto Amarán Park in the Cuban city of Pinar del Río. Three teenagers were jailed for their alleged participation in the crime. One of the accused was 13, another 17.

CBP agriculture specialists in Miami seize live birds arriving from Cuba in laptop bag

July 11, 2015
CBP agriculture specialists in Miami seize live birds arriving from Cuba in laptop bag MIAMI, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agriculture specialists working at Miami International Airport discovered two live pigeons wrapped in brown and blue tape and one finch inside a small plastic bottle on July 2. Agriculture specialists discovered the...

US Coast Guard repatriates 15 Cuban migrants

July 10, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 15 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 15 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday. This repatriation is a result of two separate migrant interdictions at sea. In all instances, Cubans were trying to illegally enter the United States on unseaworthy...

Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group

July 8, 2015
Normalizing relations with Cuba should also mean normalizing immigration policy, says immigration reform group WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week's announcement that the United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba should also trigger a repeal of outdated immigration policies that afford special immigration privileges to Cuban nationals, says the country's largest immigration reform group.

Carnival cruise line granted US approval for travel to Cuba

July 8, 2015
Carnival cruise line granted US approval for travel to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest travel and leisure company, has announced that the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba...

Havana to be home port of Italian cruise line in the Caribbean

July 6, 2015
Havana to be home port of Italian cruise line in the Caribbean HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With Cuban tourism growing over 15 percent annually, Italy’s MSC cruise line has announced that Havana will be its home port as of December for its winter operations in the Caribbean. The initiative changes the original program for the winter season of MSC in the Mediterranean.

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