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US Coast Guard repatriates 43 Cuban migrants

October 24, 2014
US Coast Guard repatriates 43 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 43 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of three separate interdictions of people attempting to migrate illegally to the United States.

ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders

October 22, 2014
ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders HAVANA, Cuba -- Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela agreed on the success of a recent summit of the countries within the regional bloc known as Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas-Commercial Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP)...

US would represent main market for Cuban cigars

October 22, 2014
US would represent main market for Cuban cigars HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The vice-president of Habanos SA international corporation, Jorge Luis Fernandez, said in Havana that if the US trade restrictions were lifted, Americans could make up the main market for Cuban Habano cigars. Speaking to Trabajadores newspaper, Fernandez said that from...

Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola

October 17, 2014
Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government and other representatives of the countries that make up the regional integration bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-Treaty of Commerce for the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), will meet in Havana on October 20 to address the prevention...

Cuba claims to have developed dengue fever vaccine

October 17, 2014
Cuba claims to have developed dengue fever vaccine HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Experts with the Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center have claimed progress in a project to develop a vaccine to fight the four existing types of dengue fever. Researcher Luis Javier Gonzalez told participants at a Forum on Microbiology Techniques in Havana...

Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba

October 17, 2014
Commentary: New York Times to Obama: End senseless embargo on Cuba The Editorial Board of the New York Times made news on Saturday, when it published a special editorial calling on President Obama to “End the US Embargo on Cuba:” Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral...

Jesse Jackson calls for end to Cuban embargo

October 16, 2014
Jesse Jackson calls for end to Cuban embargo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Reverend Jesse Jackson has called for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba over the last 52 years, in an op-ed published on Tuesday by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. “The implacable opposition of the US...

New direct Switzerland-Cuba flight announced

October 16, 2014
New direct Switzerland-Cuba flight announced HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Swiss airline Edelweiss will incorporate an additional direct flight between Zurich and Havana, starting in April 2015, Cuba’s Tourism Ministry (MINTUR) announced on Tuesday. The route, which will have two frequencies a week, will make it possible to increase...

Inter-American rights panel asks Cuba to guarantee jailed blogger's safety

October 11, 2014
Inter-American rights panel asks Cuba to guarantee jailed blogger's safety WASHINGTON, USA (RSF) -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has formally asked the Cuban government to guarantee the safety of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer and blogger held since April 2013 who has repeatedly reported being the victim of mistreatment and torture.

Cuba and Mexico to expand commercial ties

October 8, 2014
Cuba and Mexico to expand commercial ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Mexico will increase quotas to import Cuban rum and cigars, as part of a renegotiation of the economic complementary agreement (ACE 51) between the two countries. According to The Economist, the island will export one million 350,000 liters of rum to the Mexican market every year.

Argentinean Airlines to start flights to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico

October 8, 2014
Argentinean Airlines to start flights to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Flights to Cuba by Aerolineas Argentinas (Argentinean Airlines, AA) will begin on January, as well as to other destinations in the Caribbean as part of a plan to expand routes, the head of AA, Mariano Recalde, confirmed on Monday. The Buenos Aires-Havana service will begin on...

Cuba and Japan discuss expansion of trade relations

October 4, 2014
Cuba and Japan discuss expansion of trade relations HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban and Japanese business executives discussed opportunities to expand commercial cooperation and the signing of new accords, during a joint conference held this week in Havana. The areas of fishing, pharmaceutical and tourism were high on the agenda.

Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month

October 4, 2014
Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month HAVANA, Cuba (RSF) -- The National Revolutionary Police in Cuba have arrested and threatened independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo for the second time in a less than month. This time they arrested both him and his wife as they were travelling to the northern province of Matanzas on 28 September.

Dual currency unification is main challenge to Cuban banking system

October 2, 2014
Dual currency unification is main challenge to Cuban banking system HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The elimination of the existing dual currency and exchange rate in Cuba is a high priority and challenge for the island banking system. The statement was made by the minister-president of Cuba's Central Bank (BCC) Ernesto Medina, who gave an interview to Granma newspaper.

No Che Guevara and Chavez perfumes, says Cuba

September 29, 2014
No Che Guevara and Chavez perfumes, says Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba said it will punish officials with the Biological Laboratories Entrepreneurial Group Labiofam after they launched two fragrances in apparent homage to Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Cuban flag carrier reintroduces direct flights to Costa Rica

September 27, 2014
Cuban flag carrier reintroduces direct flights to Costa Rica HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The head of the institutional communication group of Cubana de Aviacion SA, Walfredo Riveron, said on Thursday that the island's flag carrier will reintroduce direct flights between Cuba and Costa Rica on November 16. He added that the new route for the Cuban airline...

Cuba and Venezuela sign two new cooperation agreements

September 23, 2014
Cuba and Venezuela sign two new cooperation agreements CARACAS, Venezuela (AIN) -- Two new cooperation agreements between Cuba and Venezuela to exchange supplies between the Labiofam SA and Agropatria SA enterprises were signed on Thursday in Caracas. This new program of exchanges was signed in the presence of Rogelio Polanco...

Cuba promotes its tourism offerings in France

September 23, 2014
Cuba promotes its tourism offerings in France HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba, interested in strengthening the French market as one of its main tourist sources, will participate on Tuesday in the 36th edition of Top Resa, a fair renowned for promoting tourism in Europe, to be held in Paris. According to statement from the ministry of tourism...

'Authentic Cuba' tourism campaign extended across Russia

September 22, 2014
'Authentic Cuba' tourism campaign extended across Russia HAVANA, Cuba (AIN) -- From Monday, the tourism campaign “Authentic Cuba” will promote the holiday resorts on the island in the east central region of Russia -- an untapped market, according to Edilberto Riverón, the representative of the ministry of tourism (MINTUR) in Russia.

US coast guard repatriates 45 Cuban migrants

September 12, 2014
US coast guard repatriates 45 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 45 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of two separate interdictions of people attempting to migrate illegally to the United States through the Florida Straits.

US Coast Guard repatriates 86 migrants to Cuba and Haiti

September 1, 2014
US Coast Guard repatriates 86 migrants to Cuba and Haiti   MIAMI, USA -- US Coast Guard crews aboard the cutters Charles David Jr. and Valiant repatriated 86 migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti. These repatriations are a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits.

Commentary: Imprecise timetable for Cuban currency conversion

August 30, 2014
Commentary: Imprecise timetable for Cuban currency conversion The Cuban government’s timetable for conversion from two currencies to one is inexact, but not of marginal importance. Since the government announced the end of the dual currency in October 2013, Cubans have been waiting for clarification about the process. Resolutions 19, 20 and 21 of 2014...

Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014

August 23, 2014
Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million travelers have visited Cuba so far this year as the island’s tourism industry keeps up the pace in its efforts to reach for the first time three million international visitors. From January to date, there was growth in tourist arrivals mainly from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Coast Guard repatriates 39 Cuban migrants

August 21, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 39 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday. This repatriation is a result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States.

Panama resumes literacy program with Cuban assistance

August 13, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Panamanian government has resumed a national literacy program to lower current illiteracy levels estimated at 5.5 percent down to 3.0 percent in five years, an effort that will count on Cuban assistance. Panamanian social development minister...

ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba

August 11, 2014
ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The member countries of the a regional integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), has rejected the most recently exposed subversive US program against Cuba, calling it an immoral project. In a communiqué released on Thursday...

Commentary: Obama's Cuba policy: Washington's Potemkin Village

August 11, 2014
“Let me be clear: I am not interested in talking for the sake of talking. But I do believe that we can move US-Cuban relations in a new direction.” This was President Obama’s call for a historical shift in relations between the United States and Cuba in 2009 at the Summit of the Americas.

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