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Travelers can now search for Cuba flight and hotel information

January 31, 2015
Travelers can now search for Cuba flight and hotel information STAMFORD, USA -- KAYAK users can now search hotel and flight information for Cuba. KAYAK is the first of the major online travel agencies and travel search engines to show comprehensive flight and hotel search information for Cuba. More than 300 hotels in Cuba will be searchable on the site.

Major US airlines and credit card companies ready to operate in Cuba

January 30, 2015
Major US airlines and credit card companies ready to operate in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US companies such as American Airlines and American Express have expressed their expectations about operating in Cuba following the reestablishment of relations between Washington and Havana. American Airlines president Scott Kirby said on Tuesday that...

Cuba confirms three million tourists in 2014

January 30, 2015
Cuba confirms three million tourists in 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's efforts to achieve a record arrival of international visitors were finally able to close 2014 with the arrival of 3,200,745 tourists, representing 5.3 percent growth. Following the announcement in late December by the ministry of tourism, the National Bureau of Statistics...

Vietnamese company to invest in special development zone in Cuba

January 28, 2015
Vietnamese company to invest in special development zone in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Vietnam’s Thai Binh Investment Trading Corp expects to build plants to produce detergent and disposable diapers at the special development zone located at the Port of Mariel, in western Cuba. Thai Binh’s representative in Cuba, Tran Thien Minh, told the PL news agency...

New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA

January 28, 2015
New capacity-building project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Key partners involved in a new capacity-building project to support effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) met in Georgetown, Guyana, on 19 January 2015, to chart the way forward. The project, valued at €3,099,915...

US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement'

January 27, 2015
US vice president thanks CARICOM for Cuba 'encouragement' WASHINGTON, USA -- US Vice President Joseph Biden thanked the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday for its “encouragement” to his country to “make the change” with Cuba. CARICOM has long been advocating for an end to the economic and trade embargo on Cuba.

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

Cuba vacation enquiries double in light of US talks

January 27, 2015
Cuba vacation enquiries double in light of US talks BRIGHTON, England -- In light of the ongoing talks between the USA and Cuba, a UK-based comparison site for small vacation companies has reported that enquiries to its most popular Cuba vacation have doubled. Responsible Travel in Brighton, England, attributed the increase to a...

Cuban boat with 29 migrants aboard turned away from Cayman Islands

January 26, 2015
Cuban boat with 29 migrants aboard turned away from Cayman Islands EAST END, Cayman Islands -- A Cuban boat with 29 persons aboard that included five women, which arrived at an East End dive resort on Grand Cayman on Saturday morning, was directed to move on by Cayman Islands immigration and police officials. The vessel departed at 9:00 am.

Historic US-Cuba talks conclude in Havana

January 24, 2015
Historic US-Cuba talks conclude in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- The first such official talks for some 50 years between the United States and Cuba concluded in Havana after three rounds held Wednesday and Thursday, which were described by both sides as constructive, on the process of restoration of diplomatic relations.

US and Cuba discuss restoration of diplomatic relations

January 23, 2015
US and Cuba discuss restoration of diplomatic relations HAVANA, Cuba -- The US and Cuba delegations both agreed on Thursday that the round of talks on the restoration of diplomatic relations, held in Havana at the International Conference Center, was an important step on the road to implementing the decision announced by Presidents...

Low cost mobile roaming now available in Cuba

January 23, 2015
Low cost mobile roaming now available in Cuba BOSTON, USA -- OneSimCard, a global provider of low cost international mobile roaming services for businesses and leisure travelers, has announced the availability of low cost voice roaming and text messaging in Cuba and throughout Latin America. Standard Latin American roaming rates...

US-Cuba talks begin in Havana

January 22, 2015
US-Cuba talks begin in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- With initial discussions on migratory issues, the first round of talks between the United States and Cuba opened on Wednesday in Havana. The development of migratory agreements and actions carried out by the two countries to counter illegal emigration and traffic in emigrants...

Russian spy ship visits Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

January 21, 2015
Russian spy ship visits Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks HAVANA, Cuba -- A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, the eve of US-Cuba talks in the Cuban capital aimed at normalising diplomatic, trade and immigration relations between the two countries. According to AFP, the Viktor Leonov CCB-175 was moored to a pier in Old Havana.

Commentary: Obama administration breaks with historic Cuba policy; implements dramatic changes

January 20, 2015
Commentary: Obama administration breaks with historic Cuba policy; implements dramatic changes Just hours ago, the Obama Administration began instituting new policies regarding travel, trade, and commerce between Cuba and the United States. Following over 50 years of staunchly regressive policies regarding the Cuban Republic, these changes are now being widely welcomed on both sides.

US-Cuba talks to be held in Havana this week

January 19, 2015
US-Cuba talks to be held in Havana this week HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Talks between Cuba and the United States will be held on January 21 and 22 at the Conventions Palace in Havana. The Cuban delegation will be led by Josefina Vidal Ferreira, director general for the United States at the ministry of foreign affairs.

Jamaica government prepared to facilitate investor interest in Cuba

January 19, 2015
Jamaica government prepared to facilitate investor interest in Cuba KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- State minister for foreign affairs and foreign trade, Arnaldo Brown, says the Jamaican government is prepared to assist, in whatever way possible, in facilitating local investors interested in exploring and tapping into business opportunities anticipated to materialize in Cuba.

United Airlines ready to fly to Cuba if authorized

January 19, 2015
United Airlines ready to fly to Cuba if authorized HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- United Airlines has announced its plans to fly to Cuba from Houston, Texas, and Newark, New Jersey, if it receives authorization by the US administration. The announcement was made by United Airlines’ spokesperson Rahsaan Johnson and reported by international media outlets.

Letter: The Americans throw a lifeline to the Castro regime

January 19, 2015
Letter: The Americans throw a lifeline to the Castro regime St Vincent’s political partners and associates in ALBA, the Cuban leadership, with whom Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has a great love and closeness, the ultimate leaders, are in most remembering minds guilty of mass murder, genocide. Or at least the Castros stand accused of such.

US agriculture coalition calls for lifting of Cuba embargo

January 17, 2015
US agriculture coalition calls for lifting of Cuba embargo WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- The US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), founded a year ago and comprising 25 agricultural organizations, recently held a press conference in Washington DC to explain the importance of lifting the US embargo of Cuba and reestablishing bilateral trade relations.

New US rules on Cuba ease travel, trade, financial restrictions

January 16, 2015
New US rules on Cuba ease travel, trade, financial restrictions WASHINGTON, USA -- On December 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in US relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. The US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of...

Cuba to employ thermal extraction method to increase oil production

January 16, 2015
Cuba to employ thermal extraction method to increase oil production MAYABEQUE, Cuba (ACN) -- The Boca de Jaruco Oil Company in Cuba has begun employing a thermal extraction method in its fields, in order to facilitate and increase oil production. This method, never used before in Cuba, has been in use from late December 2014, conducted by specialists...

Cuba to play in Caribbean Baseball Series, says official

January 15, 2015
Cuba to play in Caribbean Baseball Series, says official HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, has ratified the presence of Cuba in the upcoming Caribbean Baseball Series, to take place from February 2 to 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cuba denies opening up wireless internet

January 14, 2015
Cuba denies opening up wireless internet HAVANA, Cuba -- In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, the Institutional Communication Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) on Tuesday denied media reports, including one carried by the government-run Cuban News Agency, that Cuba will begin offering wireless Internet in late January.

Commentary: US and Cuba: Time for good neighbourliness

January 13, 2015
Commentary: US and Cuba: Time for good neighbourliness At the Treaty of Paris in 1898, Spain relinquished sovereignty over Cuba and Puerto Rico. This was followed by US military government in Cuba. Subsequently, the US passed the Platt Amendment, which‎ allowed the United States to establish and maintain tremendous influence on the island of Cuba.

UN hopes release of political prisoners paves way for freedoms to flourish in Cuba

January 12, 2015
UN hopes release of political prisoners paves way for freedoms to flourish in Cuba GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations human rights office on Friday welcomed Cuba’s recent release of political prisoners, expressing the hope that this new development will help open the way for an environment where freedom of expression and association flourishes.

Letter: Is Cuba part of Iranian money laundering and the alleged Iranian-Vincentian involvement?

January 12, 2015
Letter: Is Cuba part of Iranian money laundering and the alleged Iranian-Vincentian involvement? The United States Treasury Department issued a notice regarding certain Iranians that were involved in exchanging huge sums of foreign exchange such as the Euro, the British Pound, and all other foreign currencies. One of those identified by the US authorities is claimed to hold citizenship of St Vincent.

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