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Pope Francis visit to Cuba confirmed

April 25, 2015
Pope Francis visit to Cuba confirmed HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit Cuba before starting a tour of the United States that will take him Washington, New York and Philadelphia, the Granma newspaper reported. "I can confirm that Holy Father Francis...

Texan artiste will be first American to perform at the XXI Festival in Cuba

April 25, 2015
Texan artiste will be first American to perform at the XXI Festival in Cuba AUSTIN, USA -- An alignment of the stars has occurred for Austin, Texas, musician Leticia Rodriguez, as the first American ever to be invited to perform in Las Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba, from May 2 - 8. She will be performing with the Cuba’s popular band, Septeto Cristal.

New York governor describes Cuba visit as productive

April 23, 2015
New York governor describes Cuba visit as productive HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday described his two-day visit to Cuba, along with a dozen entrepreneurs, as productive and mutually advantageous, the Prensa Latina news agency reported. Shortly before leaving to return home, Cuomo said...

New York governor arrives in Cuba

April 22, 2015
New York governor arrives in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Andrew Cuomo, governor of the state of New York, arrived in Havana on Monday, leading a delegation of New York entrepreneurs visiting Cuba. During a meeting with Cuba’s first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel, the two officials talked about the updating of the Cuban economic model.

Online travel agency first to offer direct flights from US to Cuba

April 22, 2015
Online travel agency first to offer direct flights from US to Cuba CALABASAS, USA -- CheapAir.com on Tuesday became the first online travel agency to offer direct flights between the United States and Cuba. Authorized travelers can fly directly from New York City (JFK) and Tampa to Havana, and Miami to six Cuban destinations: Havana, Santiago de Cuba...

Commentary: Happy talk, hard bargaining

April 22, 2015
Commentary: Happy talk, hard bargaining Contrary to what some might say, the Summit of the Americas was a success for President Barack Obama. His steps towards the restoration of official relations with Cuba garnered applause from across Latin America, and praise from President Raúl Castro. Having walked back his deeply unpopular...

Fidel Castro votes in Cuba's municipal elections

April 21, 2015
Fidel Castro votes in Cuba's municipal elections HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba’s former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro exercised his right to vote at the municipal elections underway in Cuba to elect the delegates to the municipal assemblies. Castro sent his ballot, folded and inside an envelope, which was deposited in a ballot box.

US mobile company launches Cuba phone service

April 20, 2015
US mobile company launches Cuba phone service HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US-based Boost Mobile telecommunications company, which is part of Sprint Corp., has launched a pre-paid phone service plan for US customers who want to call or send text messages to Cuba, following steps by Washington to ease restrictions on the Caribbean nation.

Jamaican trade mission to visit Cuba this week

April 20, 2015
Jamaican trade mission to visit Cuba this week KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In a bid to increase export of Jamaican goods and services, minister of industry, investment and commerce, Anthony Hylton, is leading 18 Jamaican companies on a trade mission to Cuba from April 20 to 23. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been working with...

Cuba, Cayman Islands hold migration talks

April 20, 2015
Cuba, Cayman Islands hold migration talks GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- The third round of migration talks between the government of Cuba and the government of the Cayman Islands took place in Grand Cayman on 16 – 17 April 2015. The delegation from Cuba was headed by Ambassador Rafael Dausá Céspedes, director of consular...

Commentary: Obama and Castro did what big men should do

April 20, 2015
Commentary: Obama and Castro did what big men should do For two nations that are only 90 miles apart, for over 50 years the relations between Cuba and the United States were characterized by hostility, nuclear missile threats, terrorism allegations, economic warfare and open hatred for each other. Now, after all of this, it was only a table with a vase of flowers...

Opportunities cited for Jamaica from Cuban tourism market opening

April 17, 2015
Opportunities cited for Jamaica from Cuban tourism market opening KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, says the proposed opening up of the Cuban market to visitors should be treated as an opportunity for Jamaica to further boost its tourism product, rather than be perceived as a threat to the local industry.

US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo

April 17, 2015
US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Senior consultant for US-based Globepharm, Michael Anisfeld, has predicted an increasing role for the Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry once the US economic, commercial and financial embargo is lifted. The Cuban sector will turn into an important exporter of...

Cuban and Bahamian tourism ministers meet in Havana

April 17, 2015
Cuban and Bahamian tourism ministers meet in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba’s tourism minister Manuel Marrero held an official meeting in Havana with his Bahamian counterpart Obediah Wilchcome on opportunities offered by a Caribbean multi-destination for the two countries. The Cuban tourism ministry said the meeting was beneficial.

Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Obama's Summit of the Americas: Teasing CARICOM; testing Cuba; trolling China It was a curious thing to see Jamaicans hailing Barack Obama on Thursday more like a returning “son of the soil” than a visiting president of the United States. Even more curious was seeing CARICOM leaders jostle like UWI students for a photo op. But don’t get me started on the way Jamaican...

Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy?

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy? Undoubtedly both Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba and Barack Obama warrant credit for breaking the 54-year old barrier to the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries. But, President Obama deserves greater praise because he took greater risks and bucked strong...

US to lift Cuba's state sponsor of terrorism designation

April 16, 2015
US to lift Cuba's state sponsor of terrorism designation WASHINGTON, USA -- US President Barack Obama on Tuesday submitted to Congress the statutorily required report and certifications indicating the administration’s intent to rescind Cuba’s state sponsor of terrorism designation. Cuba’s inclusion on the list as a state sponsor of terrorism...

Curacao and Aruba need to enter into cooperation agreements with Cuba, says Dutch ambassador

April 15, 2015
Curacao and Aruba need to enter into cooperation agreements with Cuba, says Dutch ambassador WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- With Washington and Havana working for the betterment of their relations, Curacao and Aruba should be proactive by way of cooperation agreements with Cuba to avoid being left behind when the American tourists rediscover Cuba, the new Dutch ambassador said.

China says US-Cuba rapprochement helps regional stability and development

April 14, 2015
China says US-Cuba rapprochement helps regional stability and development BEIJING, China (ACN) -- China has backed efforts by Cuba and the United States to reestablish diplomatic links and to advance towards the normalization of relations, which is in the interest of the two nations and helps stability and development in the Americas. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson...

All Cubans can now advertise in new classifieds publication

April 14, 2015
All Cubans can now advertise in new classifieds publication HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Given the interest generated by the forthcoming release of Ofertas, a new service of the Cuban News Agency (ACN), to advertise in Cuba, its directors have reiterated that individuals and legal entities across the country may buy spaces to place classified ads.

United States, Cuba to turn the page, says Obama

April 13, 2015
United States, Cuba to turn the page, says Obama PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century in Panama City on Saturday, as US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met to pursue their stated aim to restore diplomatic ties.

Barbados ideally placed as gateway to Cuba, says minister

April 13, 2015
Barbados ideally placed as gateway to Cuba, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is well placed to be marketed as the gateway to Cuba for US and other investors who may be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that an opening up of Cuba may present, said international business minister Donville Inniss.

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations, says Jamaica PM

April 10, 2015
Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations, says Jamaica PM KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told president of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads fully embraced the recent positive...

Normalisation of US-Cuba relations will take time, says Cuban vice-president

April 10, 2015
Normalisation of US-Cuba relations will take time, says Cuban vice-president HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- During a ceremony held in Havana on Wednesday in support of Venezuela, Cuban first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel pointed out that the normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States includes a two-stage and complex process. First is the re-establishment...

Antigua-Barbuda and Cuba mark 21st anniversary of diplomatic relations

April 10, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda and Cuba mark 21st anniversary of diplomatic relations ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has joined the government of Cuba in observing 21 years of strong socio-political relations between these two Caribbean neighbours. On April 6, 1994, the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Cuba formally established...

New magazine launched focusing on Cuba's emerging real estate market

April 8, 2015
New magazine launched focusing on Cuba's emerging real estate market MIAMI, USA -- Fuego Enterprises, Inc. has announced a new specialized publication on Cuba's emerging real estate market, OnCuba Real Estate Magazine. OnCuba, the broadest communication platform on Cuba for the North American market, with national distribution in Cuba and the US...

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