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Cuba to market aged Habanos cigars

December 20, 2014
Cuba to market aged Habanos cigars HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will bring to the international market two new types of Habanos cigars, aged between five and eight years in perfect condition, allowing smokers to enjoy a high quality product. The launch of aged Romeo y Julieta Pyramids and aged Montecristo Churchills cigars...

Cuba seeks to attract Algerian tourists

December 20, 2014
Cuba seeks to attract Algerian tourists HAVANA, Cuba (AIN) -- In search of new source markets for visitors to Cuba, the ministry of tourism has agreed with Algeria an action program to promote commercial operations and recreational travel from the North African nation in 2015. The agreement, signed on Thursday in Havana...

Commentary: Bravo, Pope Francis, a new era in inter-American relationships has begun!

December 20, 2014
Commentary: Bravo, Pope Francis, a new era in inter-American relationships has begun! The anomaly, which is now five decades old (53 years), is on its way to being resolved. The normalization of relationship between Havana and Washington for the good of the United States and the rest of Americas has been sealed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday December 17, 2014.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The long road ahead for US Cuba detente

December 20, 2014
Commentary: The View from Europe: The long road ahead for US Cuba detente On December 16, something quite extraordinary happened. President Obama and President Castro spoke on the phone for nearly an hour. Beyond a handshake in South Africa it was their first known encounter. The following day, after more than a year of exchanges and negotiations...

CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement

December 19, 2014
CARICOM chair welcomes US-Cuba rapprochement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has welcomed the historic decision announced on Wednesday by US President Barack Obama to ease restrictions on the movement of people...

Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up

December 19, 2014
Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Wednesday the announcement that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba “ought to be a very serious concern” for The Bahamas’ tourism product. Christie said the government is encouraging investments to be able...

Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo I have written many commentaries on America’s 50-year embargo against Cuba. Here, for example, are excerpts from two of them in which I proffered the moral imperative for the United States to lift it.  More to the point, though, while other pundits were waxing either theoretical or completely hopeless...

Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US The US is cutting loose the shackles of the past by establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 53 years. But the first blow in the Western Hemisphere against those shackles was struck by four governments of the English-speaking Caribbean. Today that single act should be a source of...

Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington!

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington! On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. That is a major development, with implications for hemispheric affairs and very significantly for Caribbean countries and territories. And we would be wise to pay...

Obama to normalise US-Cuba relations

December 18, 2014
Obama to normalise US-Cuba relations WASHINGTON, USA --In what has been described as a “stunning” development, US President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.

Obama's decision deserves respect, says Cuban president

December 18, 2014
Obama's decision deserves respect, says Cuban president HAVANA, Cuba -- In an address on Cuba-US relations broadcast on national radio and television on Wednesday, Cuban President Raul Castro said that US President Barack Obama’s decision to normalise relations between the two countries deserves the respect of the Cuban people.

Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region

December 18, 2014
Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- International, hemispheric and regional organisations as well as a number of Caribbean government leaders have welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba severed since 1961. US President Barack Obama made...

Washington fines German bank for operations with Cuba

December 18, 2014
Washington fines German bank for operations with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- For the second time this year, the United States has imposed a billion-dollar fine on a European bank under its extraterritorial economic, commercial and financial embargo of Cuba. This time, Germany´s Commerzbank will have to pay US$1 billion for conducting...

Commentary: US-Cuba relations after President Obama's speech

December 18, 2014
Commentary: US-Cuba relations after President Obama's speech Today, Wednesday 17, US-Cuba relations were shaken down to their core due to two recent events. First there was a prisoner swap between Washington and Havana, which saw the release of US citizen Alan Gross, detained in Cuba, and three Cubans detained in the US. Secondly, President Barack Obama...

Cuba confirms economic growth projection in 2015

December 17, 2014
Cuba confirms economic growth projection in 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Minister of economy and planning Marino Murillo confirmed on Tuesday in Havana that the Cuban economy is expected to grow in 2015 at rates that will break the low growth trend of recent years. Speaking at the Economic Standing Committee of the National Assembly of People's Power...

InselAir adds Trinidad to route network

December 17, 2014
InselAir adds Trinidad to route network WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- On Monday, Curacao airline InselAir relaunched Trinidad as its 20th destination with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70.

Cuba government critics now under house arrest

December 16, 2014
Cuba government critics now under house arrest HAVANA, Cuba -- Two government critics and their neighbour who have been in pre-trial detention in Cuba since March 2012 were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest while they await their trial.

Bahamas minister calls for economic links with Cuba

December 16, 2014
Bahamas minister calls for economic links with Cuba NASSAU, Bahamas -- As Cuba’s economic liberalization slowly but surely progresses, The Bahamas must act quickly to establish linkages between the Cuban and Bahamian economies, according to Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle. Speaking with Guardian Business after last week’s...

Another secret USAID project against Cuba revealed

December 12, 2014
Another secret USAID project against Cuba revealed HAVANA, Cuba (AIN) -- The Associated Press (AP) has revealed yet another covert attempt by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to destabilize the Cuban government, this time through hip-hop music. AP reported that USAID hired a group of urban rappers to create dissent.

CARICOM chair calls for an end to US embargo on Cuba

December 11, 2014
CARICOM chair calls for an end to US embargo on Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda called on the United States president and congress to end its “senseless embargo of Cuba now.” Browne was speaking at the opening ceremony of the fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

Cuba credited with assisting Jamaica's athletics success

December 11, 2014
Cuba credited with assisting Jamaica's athletics success HAVANA, Cuba -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has credited Cuba with assisting Jamaica to become a world leader in athletics, noting that the GC Foster College, which was a gift to Jamaica from Cuba in the 1970s, has been responsible for training many of Jamaica´s outstanding athletes and coaches.

CARICOM-Cuba summit stresses Caribbean unity and integration

December 10, 2014
CARICOM-Cuba summit stresses Caribbean unity and integration HAVANA, Cuba -- The fifth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba summit held in Havana on Monday adopted a final declaration aiming at the strengthening of unity and regional integration and expressing the firm stance of the member states of CARICOM. The following are the highlights of the declaration...

Panama officially invites Cuba to Summit of the Americas

December 9, 2014
Panama officially invites Cuba to Summit of the Americas PANAMA CITY, Panama (ACN) -- The Panamanian government last week officially invited Cuban President Raul Castro to the Summit of the Americas, which will be hosted by that Central American nation on April 10-11, 2005, the Panamanian foreign ministry announced. Cuba is one of the countries that...

Cuban doctor returns to Havana with no traces of Ebola

December 9, 2014
Cuban doctor returns to Havana with no traces of Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Dr Felix Baez, a member of Cuba's Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade, who contracted the Ebola fever virus during his mission in Sierra Leone, West Africa, has returned to Havana after a complete recovery from the illness. Baez arrived at the capital's José Marti International Airport.

Caribbean heads arrive in Havana for CARICOM-Cuba summit

December 8, 2014
Caribbean heads arrive in Havana for CARICOM-Cuba summit HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government of the member nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), together with officials from regional organizations, began arriving on Saturday in Havana to participate in Monday’s fifth CARICOM-Cuba summit.

CARICOM, Cuba leaders to talk trade in Havana

December 6, 2014
CARICOM, Cuba leaders to talk trade in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- Economic and trade relations will be among the issues discussed at the fifth summit of the heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, which takes place in Havana, Cuba, on Monday. The summit will be preceded on Sunday by...

US citizens visiting Cuba on the rise, says New York Times

December 4, 2014
US citizens visiting Cuba on the rise, says New York Times HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Visits by US citizens to Cuba are on the rise in spite of Washington's sanctions against Havana, a blog article published on the editorial page of the New York Times (NYT) pointed out on Tuesday. While traveling to Cuba as a tourist continues to be technically illegal for US citizens...

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