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European Union to consider approval of accord with Cuba

September 26, 2016
European Union to consider approval of accord with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The European Union on Thursday proposed that its member states to consider approval of a political and cooperation accord with Cuba aimed at normalizing relations with the Caribbean nation. In presenting the document, the high representative of the European...

Cuba helps US and EU win stronger shark finning ban for northwest Atlantic

September 26, 2016
Cuba helps US and EU win stronger shark finning ban for northwest Atlantic VARADERO, Cuba -- In a rare vote, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has adopted a proposal for a stronger shark finning ban by an overwhelming margin, despite objections from Japan. The European Union and the United States have proposed for several years...

Cuba cites progress in US relations, but with embargo still in force, 'there is a long way ahead'

September 24, 2016
Cuba cites progress in US relations, but with embargo still in force, 'there is a long way ahead' NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that a little more than a year has elapsed since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, and while “some progress” has been achieved in bilateral relations, the decades-old economic embargo against Cube is still in force.

US Coast Guard repatriates 142 Cuban migrants

September 17, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 142 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 142 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since September 8, 2016. The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump crew repatriated 43 Cuban migrants on Saturday; the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated 63 Cuban...

In Cuba, text messages with controversial content are disappearing

September 16, 2016
In Cuba, text messages with controversial content are disappearing HAVANA, Cuba -- Journalists in Cuba have evidence that the Cuban government is monitoring and selectively blocking mobile SMS messages based on keywords such as “human rights”, “hunger strike”, “plebiscite” and “state security”. According to a report by journalists Yoani Sánchez...

Majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami oppose US embargo

September 15, 2016
Majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami oppose US embargo MIAMI, USA -- Nearly 70 percent of Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County support the US decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba and a strong majority (63 percent) oppose the US embargo of the island nation. The results of this year's FIU Cuba Poll – the longest running research...

Clipboard virus belatedly removed from Cuban government website

September 13, 2016
Clipboard virus belatedly removed from Cuban government website HAVANA, Cuba -- A clipboard virus that appeared to be capable of attacking vulnerable computers that had visited the Cuban government information service website (acn.cu) was belatedly removed a day after Caribbean News Now had raised the issue for the second time last week.

Cuba offers big savings on medical services for tourists

September 13, 2016
Cuba offers big savings on medical services for tourists HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban Medical Services Sales Company, part of the health ministry, on Tuesday presented in Havana a new therapeutic and preventive program destined for international tourism to be implemented in the country's medical and health assistance centres.

US Coast Guard repatriates 85 Cuban migrants

September 10, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 85 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 85 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 14 Cuban migrants on Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated 25 Cuban migrants on Wednesday...

Cuban journalist and LGBT activist fired for working with non-state media

September 8, 2016
Cuban journalist and LGBT activist fired for working with non-state media HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban radio journalist and blogger Maykel González Vivero gave his final show on Radio Sagua on September 3, 2016, after the station terminated his contract due to González’ “collaboration with private media”. Alongside his work narrating the program...

Cuban News Agency refutes accusation of spreading internet virus

September 7, 2016
Cuban News Agency refutes accusation of spreading internet virus HAVANA, Cuba -- Edda Diz Garces, director of the Cuban News Agency, described as slander a report published by Caribbean News Now stating the agency’s website was, allegedly, “dispensing a dangerous virus” to steal information. Diz Garces said that, upon the release of the report...

Silver Airways opens second US commercial route to Cuba

September 6, 2016
Silver Airways opens second US commercial route to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A Silver Airways flight landed last Thursday morning at the Abel Santamaria International Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, opening a second US commercial connection with Cuba, following a JetBlue inaugural flight on Wednesday, in what has been the resumption of...

Thousands of computers possibly infected after visiting Cuban government website

September 5, 2016
Thousands of computers possibly infected after visiting Cuban government website GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- After several weeks of analysis, it has been determined that the Cuban government information website (can.cu) is dispensing a dangerous clipboard virus that aims to steal information from the computers of unsuspecting visitors to that site. The analysis of...

Money transfer service starts operations in Cuba and Haiti

September 5, 2016
Money transfer service starts operations in Cuba and Haiti PARIS, France -- International remittances provider, Tempo Money Transfer, started its operations in Cuba and Haiti in alliance with 'More Money Transfers'. The Paris-headquartered company and Uruguay-based operator successfully established the joint project and commenced remittances...

Cuba to become shareholder of Latin American Development Bank

September 5, 2016
Cuba to become shareholder of Latin American Development Bank HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will become a shareholder of the Latin American Development Bank (CAF-Banco) following the signing of the first technical cooperation MOU by authorities of the two sides. The agreement will now allow new integration prospects both regionally...

United Airlines service to Havana starts November 29

September 3, 2016
United Airlines service to Havana starts November 29 CHICAGO, USA -- The countdown to Cuba is officially underway at United Airlines after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the company final approval to launch service to Havana from two of its hubs this fall. Beginning November 29, United will start daily nonstop...

US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants

September 2, 2016
US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Northland rescued 12 Cuban migrants on Sunday from a rustic vessel approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West. On Sunday at approximately 9 pm a Customs and Border Protection Bombardier DHC-8 air crew sighted a rustic vessel...

JetBlue becomes first US airline to operate commercial service to Cuba in more than 50 years

September 2, 2016
JetBlue becomes first US airline to operate commercial service to Cuba in more than 50 years NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue made history on Wednesday when it touched down in Santa Clara, Cuba, becoming the first US airline to operate a commercial flight between the two countries in more 50 years. JetBlue flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)...

Alaska and Delta airlines approved to commence service to Havana

September 1, 2016
Alaska and Delta airlines approved to commence service to Havana WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines were both approved by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate scheduled services to Havana, Cuba. In Delta’s case this will represent a resumption of scheduled service to Cuba for the first time...

Florida man pleads guilty to participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme

August 31, 2016
Florida man pleads guilty to participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A Miami Gardens, Florida, resident pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple criminal charges in connection with a sophisticated Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cell phone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent...

Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba

August 27, 2016
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba MIAMI, USA -- A weak area of low pressure was located between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity increased during the day on Friday, but remained disorganized and is located mainly to the east and...

US Coast Guard repatriates 161 Cuban migrants

August 27, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 161 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 161 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 66 Cuban migrants on Monday; the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 68 Cuban migrants on Thursday...

AT&T signs deal for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection

August 24, 2016
AT&T signs deal for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection DALLAS, USA -- AT&T has reached agreements for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA). The deal continues to enhance AT&T's global coverage for customers – the best of any US wireless provider. "Cuba is a growing...

Cuba and Iran to strengthen economic ties

August 24, 2016
Cuba and Iran to strengthen economic ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The desire to expand and strengthen economic relations between Cuba and Iran was expressed on Monday in the first bi-national business forum held in Havana. The meeting was presided over by Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban minister of foreign trade and investment...

US Coast Guard repatriates 55 Cuban migrants

August 20, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 55 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since August 12. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated 36 Cuban migrants on Tuesday, and the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew repatriated 19 Cuban...

Cuban opposition group inaugurated in Miami

August 17, 2016
Cuban opposition group inaugurated in Miami MIAMI, USA -- President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia sent a message to a crowd of almost 1,000 gathered for the inauguration of Cuban opposition group, Inspire America Foundation, and in honour of opposition leader, Dr Oscar Elias Biscet, in Coral Gables, Florida. It was the first time Uribe has...

Australian company accelerates drilling plans for onshore oil in Cuba

August 17, 2016
Australian company accelerates drilling plans for onshore oil in Cuba MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian publicly listed company, MEO Australia Limited, has provided an operational update and near term drilling plans and further resource update plans for its Cuban Block 9 onshore oil acreage. MEO has commenced the work required to accelerate the...

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