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Mixed reactions in the US on re-establishment of relations with Cuba

July 3, 2015
Mixed reactions in the US on re-establishment of relations with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba received mixed reactions on Wednesday in the United States. Democratic presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton, welcomed on the social network Twitter the formal announcement by Presidents Raúl Castro and...

US Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants

July 3, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 38 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 38 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday. This repatriation was a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in the south Florida Straits. In all instances Cubans were trying to illegally...

Cuba-Caribbean business forum to be held this month

July 3, 2015
Cuba-Caribbean business forum to be held this month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of ten Caribbean countries will meet in eastern Santiago de Cuba city on July 16 and 17 for the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum. The forum will be attended by ministers from Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua...

Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship front and center after Obama's announcement

July 3, 2015
Cuban innovation and entrepreneurship front and center after Obama's announcement NEW YORK, USA -- On the heels of US President Barack Obama’s announcement reinstating diplomatic relations with Cuba, CAA, a privately funded, not-for-profit foundation based in Greenwich, Conn., has announced Innovadores, the first-ever initiative to promote entrepreneurship, opportunity...

US and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties this month after 54 years

July 2, 2015
US and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties this month after 54 years WASHINGTON, USA -- The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first US secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters...

Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

July 2, 2015
Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis GENEVA, Switzerland -- Cuba has become the world’s first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, “a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation,” the World Health...

Cuba: The Caribbean's wake-up call

July 1, 2015
Cuba: The Caribbean's wake-up call MIAMI, USA -- For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted, according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least...

New Key West-Havana power boat race planned

July 1, 2015
New Key West-Havana power boat race planned HAVANA, Cuba -- A flotilla of power boats from Key West, Florida, will arrive in Cuba in November, after participating in the 35th edition of the Offshore Powerboat Racing of the Key West World Racing Championship, to be held on November 8-15. According to the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba...

More US senators visit Cuba

June 29, 2015
More US senators visit Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Three US senators -- Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont; Benjamin Cardin, from Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Dean Heller, Republican Senator from Nevada -- met on Friday in Havana with Cuba's first vice-president, Miguel Díaz-Canel.

US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban and Haitian migrants

June 27, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban and Haitian migrants MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday and the crew of the Cutter William Trump repatriated 18 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, also on Thursday. These repatriations are the result...

Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1

June 26, 2015
Analysis: Cuban president summons Curacao's prime minister? Curubacao Part1 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cuban President Raul Castro summons Curacao's Prime Minister Asjes? This could be interpreted as a headline, depending on how much information was released from that four-man private meeting in Havana, Cuba, or that the general public is led to believe or understand.

Cuba announces expansion of public Wi-Fi services

June 19, 2015
Cuba announces expansion of public Wi-Fi services HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA has announced the setting up of 35 Wi-Fi public areas in early July throughout the island, which will increase local people’s access to the Internet. ETECSA communications director Luis Manuel Diaz told Juventud Rebelde newspaper...

US Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants

June 19, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 32 Cuban migrants MIAMI, Florida -- Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber repatriated 32 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea. On June 6, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report...

Cuba to submit another resolution at the UN on Puerto Rico's colonial status

June 18, 2015
Cuba to submit another resolution at the UN on Puerto Rico's colonial status HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will again present at the United Nations a draft resolution on the colonial status of Puerto Rico, a gesture ratifying the commitment of Cuba to that sister Caribbean nation. The document will be submitted to the Special Decolonization Committee on June 22, said multilateral...

Cuba and EU close round of talks on political and cooperation dialogue

June 18, 2015
Cuba and EU close round of talks on political and cooperation dialogue BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACN) -- Cuba and the European Union concluded the fourth round of talks on political and cooperation dialogue that both parties have been negotiating since April with significant results as to bilateral cooperation, an issue in a quite advanced stage. The talks were held in Brussels.

US telecommunication companies offer new plans to call Cuba

June 17, 2015
US telecommunication companies offer new plans to call Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- In a bid to reach out to a promising market, Sprint and T-Mobile, two major US wireless carriers, have announced new initiatives to allow US customers to connect with relatives and friends in Cuba. Sprint customers can add the new Sprint Cuba 20 plus service to their local rate plan.

US radio station broadcasts from Cuba

June 16, 2015
US radio station broadcasts from Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US radio station Sirius XM Radio was the first to broadcast a live program for the entire United States from Cuba in over 50 years, taking advantage of a visit of its team to the island, where it will stay for seven days. The host of the program, civil rights activist Joe Madison...

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago sign trade cooperation accord

June 13, 2015
Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago sign trade cooperation accord HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The chambers of commerce of Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago signed a bilateral cooperation accord in Havana on Thursday, to exchange information on investment opportunities and the main products on offer in their respective markets. Cuban Chamber of Commerce president...

Floridians mostly in favour of expanded trade with Cuba

June 13, 2015
Floridians mostly in favour of expanded trade with Cuba SAINT LEO, USA -- Sixty-three percent of Floridians approve of the Obama administration relaxing trade policies with communist-controlled Cuba, and 58 percent are at least somewhat supportive of having direct ferry or cruise ship service from US ports, a new survey from the Saint Leo University...

Commentary: Cuba on the cusp of hope and fear

June 10, 2015
Commentary: Cuba on the cusp of hope and fear Doing business in Cuba is one step closer, with its combination of pleasant weather, a rich culture, proven attractions and the restoration of a tourism Mecca, a short distance 90 miles (145 km) south of Florida. It is welcome news that the United States has removed Cuba from the list of states sponsoring...

US House trying to block Obama's Cuba policy

June 8, 2015
US House trying to block Obama's Cuba policy HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- In what is being considered as defiance of the Cuba rapprochement policy undertaken by President Barack Obama, the US House of Representatives has adopted a clause within the 2016 Transportation budget to keep the Cuba travel ban. The initiative, which is part of...

United Arab Emirates and Cuba discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation

June 8, 2015
United Arab Emirates and Cuba discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Authorities from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cuba have expressed interest in considering opportunities in their respective countries to increase economic and commercial exchange and boot sustainable energy development. During a working visit to...

Cuban health tourism centre expands services

June 6, 2015
Cuban health tourism centre expands services HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Havana-based Cira Garcia health centre, offering services to foreigners in Cuba, is expanding its services to compete with other similar centres in the Americas. "We are expanding our services, not only in terms of space, but also in our attention capacity," said health centre...

US authorities apprehend 11 undocumented Cubans landing in Mona Island

June 6, 2015
US authorities apprehend 11 undocumented Cubans landing in Mona Island AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehended 11 undocumented Cuban immigrants after they landed on Tuesday in Mona Island. Park Rangers from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources contacted the Ramey Border Patrol...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

NY Cosmos beat Cuba 4-1 in Havana

June 5, 2015
NY Cosmos beat Cuba 4-1 in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The New York Cosmos beat the Cuban national team 4-1 in a historic match played under a drizzle at Pedro Marrero stadium in Havana. Watched by more than 20,000 spectators, the visitors’ goals were scored by Zimbabwean striker Lucky Mkosana, in the 8th and 41st...

Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico

June 4, 2015
Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico HAVANA, Cuba -- The world famous and iconic Cuban dance band Los Van Van will perform again in Puerto Rico, on this occasion as part of its international tour to celebrate 45 years of artistic life. This presentation will be a dance music show on Saturday, August 22, starting from 8:30 pm.

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