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Journalist held for past ten days in Cuba, charged with 'terrorism'

April 18, 2014
PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has condemned the detention in Cuba of independent journalist Juliet Michelena Díaz since 7 April, three days after she wrote a by-lined report for the Miami-based independent news platform Cubanet.

Letter: French minister must not ignore freedom of information during Cuba visit

April 12, 2014
Reporters Without Borders has sent a letter about freedom of information in Cuba to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who is about to make the first official visit to the Caribbean island by a member of the French government since 1983. Cuba’s violations of freedom of information...

Spanish entrepreneurs willing to foster investment in Cuba

April 9, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Havana-based Association of Spanish Entrepreneurs (AEEC) has expressed its willingness to foster bilateral trade and economic relations with Cuba and increase investment in areas of interest. One of its kind on the island, the association elected...

Cuban and Bahamian tennis players share training

April 9, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Young tennis players from Cuba and The Bahamas, of both sexes, participated on Monday in joint training sessions at the 19 de Noviembre Court Complex, east of the capital Havana. Taking part in this first bilateral exchange are 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-year-old players.

Letter: Bought by the Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and now bought by the Russianese

April 8, 2014
I actually regret that my home country St Vincent and the Grenadines followed the ALBA whip by not voting in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262, in doing so supported the Russian act of aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine.

Reforms in Cuba bypassed press freedom, says IAPA

April 7, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), as one of a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas, at its midyear meeting held in Barbados, said reforms are continuing in Cuba.

Letter: Cuba and Antigua-Barbuda bilateral relationship

April 7, 2014
The governments of the Republic of Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda have enjoyed 20 years of relations, marked by cooperation and shared principles. Since the diplomatic relations began on the 6th of April 1994, more than 160 students of Antigua and Barbuda...

Spanish company willing to disclose details of anti-Cuban social network

April 5, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Spanish media company expressed its willingness to provide relevant information about its participation in the ZunZuneo project, a social network created by the US government to promote opposition in Cuba.

Washington faces scandal over cyber war against Cuba

April 4, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The United States spent over one and a half million dollars in a so-called ZunZuneo social network aimed at promoting a regime change in Cuba, financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The programme, which was revealed by...

Cuba and Iran discuss radio and television collaboration

April 4, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The vice-president of Iran's Radio Broadcasting Organization and director of HISPAN TV, Mohammad Sarafraz, have begun a working visit to Cuba aimed at developing bilateral collaboration with the Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT).

Cuba and Russia to enhance cooperation in crackdown on crime

April 3, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba and Russia have agreed to enhance collaboration in the fight against crime. The two countries have pledged to strengthen cooperation in cracking down on crime and also discussed ways to deepen cooperation in this field during a meeting...

Letter: Should America take a page from the Russians' book and grab Cuba?

April 2, 2014
I can understand the Russians feeling threatened, deeply worried about a European and US threat to Russia's naval base in the Crimea. I can understand them feeling the need to protect a people who speak and understand Russian. I can understand them wanting to protect...

Cuban parliament passes new foreign investment law

March 31, 2014
Cuban parliament passes new foreign investment law HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Parliament unanimously adopted on Saturday a new Foreign Investment Law, described as a crucial tool to consolidate the country's economic model and build a prosperous and sustainable socialist system. The law was adopted with modifications.

US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants after vessel sinks in Bahamas

March 29, 2014
US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants after vessel sinks in Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- An aircrew with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, rescued 12 Cuban migrants after their vessel sank in The Bahamas on Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a report at approximately 10 am of migrants suffering from...

CARICOM-Cuba solidify diplomatic relations

March 27, 2014
CARICOM-Cuba solidify diplomatic relations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Diplomatic relations between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba were further strengthened on Tuesday with the accreditation of Julio César González Marchante, at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

Foreign investment a priority for Cuban development

March 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba considers foreign investment a priority for the development of key economic and social sectors. With this in mind a new Foreign Investment draft law will be submitted to approval by all 612 deputies of the National Parliament on March 29.

Cuban cancer medication registered in 28 countries

March 26, 2014
Cuban cancer medication registered in 28 countries HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Nimotuzumab, a Cuban monoclonal antibody humanized to treat cancer, is registered in 28 countries, mainly in South America, Africa and Asia, in addition to Cuba. Specialists at the Center of Molecular Immunology, an institution of the BioCubaFarma Business Group...

Cubana Airlines begins direct flights to Martinique

March 22, 2014
Cubana Airlines begins direct flights to Martinique HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the inauguration of a weekly direct flight from Havana to Martinique, Cubana Airlines has strengthened connections between the two Caribbean islands. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection is part of action to reinforce the influence of Cuba...

Letter: CARICOM supports Venezuela whilst students are shot by Cuban snipers

March 22, 2014
CARICOM and its member governments may be judged as guilty of the deaths of Venezuelan protesters, as if they pulled the triggers themselves. In early 2014, a series of protests, political demonstrations, and civil unrest occurred throughout Venezuela. The protests erupted largely as a result...

Cuban lawmakers discuss new foreign investment bill

March 18, 2014
Cuban lawmakers discuss new foreign investment bill HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- As part of the legislative process of the Cuban parliament, lawmakers in different territories are discussing a draft of a new foreign investment law prior to its submission for analysis at the upcoming session of the National Assembly. Following debates on the bill in Havana...

Cuba agrees to political dialogue with European Union

March 8, 2014
Cuba agrees to political dialogue with European Union 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.

Commentary: Washington's missed opportunities as Cuba successfully engages the world

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.

Dissident blogger completes year in detention in Cuba

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.

Commentary: The political storm across the Cuban-American diplomatic landscape

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.

International sales of Cuban cigars increase

February 26, 2014
International sales of Cuban cigars increase 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...

Cuba and Venezuela sign 56 collaboration agreements

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...

Former Antigua-Barbuda PM supports EU request for talks with Cuba

February 19, 2014
Former Antigua-Barbuda PM supports EU request for talks with Cuba 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.



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