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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.

US legislators criticise subversive USAID plan against Cuba

August 7, 2014
US legislators criticise subversive USAID plan against Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US legislators and health activists have criticized the recently exposed US plans to use an HIV-AIDS campaign in Cuba to carry out political activism, saying that such covert operations put US health programs at risk in all parts of the world. The program, which was financed and...

Another French bank could run afoul of Cuba embargo

August 6, 2014
Another French bank could run afoul of Cuba embargo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- After imposing a record fine on French bank BNP Paribas, US authorities are now pursuing another French bank for an alleged violation of US sanctions against several countries, including Cuba. An internal audit was concluded at the Credit Agricole bank some weeks ago.

Second USAID-funded anti-Cuba programme exposed

August 5, 2014
Second USAID-funded anti-Cuba programme exposed WASHINGTON, USA -- A new report by the Associated Press (AP), published on Sunday, has exposed a second covert anti-Cuba programme hatched under the Obama administration and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Panel warns of Caribbean dependence on PetroCaribe

August 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- With the Venezuelan economy worsening and residents of Caracas unable to buy diapers or even toilet paper due to foreign-exchange shortages, how much longer will Venezuela be able to subsidize cheap oil for its political allies throughout the Caribbean.

Hillary Clinton reiterates wish to advance relations with Cuba

August 1, 2014
Hillary Clinton reiterates wish to advance relations with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who reportedly is the favourite to be the Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, reiterated her wish to advance relations with Cuba, according to excerpts of an interview cited by PL news agency.

Canada keeps its ranking as primary source of visitors to Cuba

August 1, 2014
Canada keeps its ranking as primary source of visitors to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Canada continues to be the primary source of visitors to Cuba, according to a report by the National Statistics and Information Office (ONE), cited by the Cuban business magazine Opciones. Over 181,260 Canadians visited the island up to June; however, the number was lower...

Cuba develops new sustainable agriculture programme

July 29, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A new sustainable agriculture program is underway in Cuba aimed at enhancing the production-marketing chain. Funded by European non-government organizations, such as the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and the Dutch Humanistic Institute...

Commentary: Russia reopening base in Cuba? Whoopty friggin' doo

July 25, 2014
Commentary: Russia reopening base in Cuba? Whoopty friggin' doo The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming (back to Cuba)! There’s nothing quiet about media reports on this agreement of course. My opening line alludes to the 1966 comedy film, which depicts the Cold-War hysteria that ensues after a Soviet submarine beaches...

China and Cuba sign 29 bilateral cooperation accords

July 24, 2014
China and Cuba sign 29 bilateral cooperation accords HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuba and China signed 29 bilateral cooperation accords on Tuesday, during an official visit to the Caribbean island by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The accords, aimed at further strengthening economic, commercial, cultural relations included a framework agreement for collaboration...

US authorities intercept 34 Cubans at sea

July 24, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- On July 16, US Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and the US Coast Guard interdicted a twin engine ‘go-fast’ boat with 34 Cuban migrants, as the vessel entered US waters south of Marquesas Key West. The covert operation consisted of...

Cuban cigar legend visits US

July 24, 2014
OLDE NAPLES, USA -- For the first time in history, Hirochi Robaina, head of the legendary Robaina family tobacco plantation, established in 1845 in Cuba, will visit the United States to meet with fellow cigar connoisseurs in Olde Naples, Florida. Hirochi, grandson of the late Alejandro Robaina...

Russia seeks energy foothold in Caribbean and Latin America

July 19, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba -- Russian energy companies, seeking to gain a foothold in the region, concluded a number of preliminary agreements with Cuban and other Latin American governments during President Vladimir Putin's recent tour of several countries in the hemisphere.

US government opens probe into anti-Cuba social media program

July 19, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A US government investigator has launched a probe into the program aimed at setting up a Twitter-like social network for Cuba in 2010 called Zunzuneo, in order to find out if was appropriately supervised by the US administration.

Putin denies Russian plans to reopen spy base in Cuba

July 18, 2014
Putin denies Russian plans to reopen spy base in Cuba BRASILIA, Brazil -- According to Russia’s state-owned news agency ITAR-TASS, President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russia plans to reopen its signals intelligence (SIGINT) base in Lourdes, Cuba. Speaking at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit...

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