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Erica evaporates; Fred forms

August 31, 2015
Erica evaporates; Fred forms MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, as its remnants brought heavy rain to parts of eastern Cuba and heavy showers and thunderstorms to the northwest Caribbean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fred formed just off the coast of West Africa and is forecast to become a hurricane...

CELAC calls for return of Guantanamo naval base to Cuba

August 31, 2015
CELAC calls for return of Guantanamo naval base to Cuba QUITO, Ecuador (ACN) -- National coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from August 26-28, have issued a communiqué calling for the return of the Guantanamo naval base to Cuba by the US. Reaffirming the proclamation of...

Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds

August 29, 2015
Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Erika was moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday evening and was expected to be near the southeastern Bahamas or eastern Cuba on Saturday. On Thursday Erika dumped some 12 inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding.

Cayman Islands fraudsters may escape justice by moving to Cuba

August 29, 2015
Cayman Islands fraudsters may escape justice by moving to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Law enforcement agencies in the United States estimate that there may be as many as 125 Westerners, who are fugitives from justice, residing in Cuba, where they are immune from extradition, so long as they do not commit new crimes there. Sometimes, they have been referred to as...

Commentary: The curious politics of disadvantaging your own

August 28, 2015
Commentary: The curious politics of disadvantaging your own Barack Obama will not get the credit he deserves for his sensible and sometimes visionary presidency of the United States of America. At least not in the life of his tenure. But he has done remarkable things. Two of them are ending the diplomatic impasse with Cuba and ending the isolation of Iran.

Cuba and Belgium seek to boost trade

August 27, 2015
Cuba and Belgium seek to boost trade HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Interested in diversifying trade, entrepreneurs of Cuba and Belgium will seek on August 27 in Havana new business opportunities in key sectors such as construction, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. According to the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the two...

US and Havana working toward normal commercial flights to Cuba for US citizens

August 22, 2015
US and Havana working toward normal commercial flights to Cuba for US citizens HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US administration is working with Havana to reach an agreement before the end of the year to allow US citizens to travel to Cuba on commercial flights, according to the Wall Street Journal. The agreement would allow US airlines to operate regular flights between the two...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Will Cuba's gain cause the region pain?

August 22, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Will Cuba's gain cause the region pain? One of the Caribbean tourism industry’s greatest concerns may be about to materialise: US citizens being allowed to travel to Cuba on an individual basis. At present it is only possible for most US passport holders to visit Cuba for one of twelve specified purposes through a tour operator holding...

US senator says embargo on Cuba runs contrary to US ideals

August 20, 2015
US senator says embargo on Cuba runs contrary to US ideals HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Vermont’s Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said that US ideals must be promoted by lifting the travel ban and the embargo against Cuba. Speaking to reporters on Monday and after having attended the flag-raising ceremony at the US embassy in Havana, Leahy defended...

US Coast Guard repatriates 65 Cuban migrants

August 20, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 65 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- Sixty-five Cuban migrants aboard the US Coast Guard Cutters William Trump and Raymond Evans were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, over the last five days. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated seven Cuban migrants on Tuesday. This repatriation...

Commentary: Stars, stripes and status quo: US flag raised in Havana

August 20, 2015
Commentary: Stars, stripes and status quo: US flag raised in Havana On January 3, 1961, three United States marines stepped outside the Cuban Embassy in Havana to lower the American flag. This act carried momentous implications. The flag was never raised again. Earlier that day, President Dwight Eisenhower officially closed the embassy and cut formal...

Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland

August 18, 2015
Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Belfast was treated to Caribbean hospitality and festivities on Saturday with the official launch of Caribbean Week 2015. The annual Caribbean Week highlights Caribbean history, food, music, poetry, photography, fashion, tourism, agriculture, including emancipation and...

US Secretary of State inaugurates embassy in Havana

August 15, 2015
US Secretary of State inaugurates embassy in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The relations between Cuba and the United States marked an historic moment on Friday morning when US Secretary of State John Kerry officially inaugurated his country’s embassy in Havana. At the beginning of the flag-raising ceremony, the Cuban national anthem...

Antigua-Barbuda ambassador calls for Cuba to return to the OAS

August 15, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda ambassador calls for Cuba to return to the OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Sir Ronald Sanders on Friday called for Cuba to “take its rightful seat in the Councils of the Organization” and said his country would do all in its power to encourage Cuba to do so.

US secretary of state urged to focus on press freedom in Cuba

August 14, 2015
US secretary of state urged to focus on press freedom in Cuba WASHINGTON, USA -- The National Press Club on Wednesday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make press freedom and the expansion of Internet access in Cuba a priority in his department's engagements with the Castro regime. The secretary will become the highest-ranking US official...

Fidel Castro's daughter to offer unique perspective on Cuba's history and future

August 13, 2015
Fidel Castro's daughter to offer unique perspective on Cuba's history and future BOSTON, USA -- After half a century, discussions are progressing to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, including lifting the trade embargo. How will this affect the estimated $1.2 billion worth of trade opportunities with the US particularly in the agriculture sector? Alina Fernandez...

Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month

August 11, 2015
Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) The popular Cuban dance band Los Van Van will make a concert appearance on August 22 in Puerto Rico, as part of its current tour of US cities. The presentation will take place at the Convention Center of San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, the Suena cubano publication announced.

Cuba begins industrial production of new Hepatitis C vaccine

August 10, 2015
Cuba begins industrial production of new Hepatitis C vaccine HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Heber-NASVAC vaccine to treat Hepatitis C is among the new productions of the National Centre for Bio-formulas (BIOCEN) located in Bejucal, Mayabeque province in Cuba. Julio Cesar Portuondo, director of the centre, said that the first batches of the drug are being packaged...

Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys

August 10, 2015
Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban bands Los Van Van, currently directed by Samuel Formell, and Havana D’Primera, directed by Alexander Abreu, were pre-nominated on Thursday for the 17th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards. Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences...

US Coast Guard repatriates 36 Cuban migrants

August 8, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates 36 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 36 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Friday. This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in a span of a week, beginning August 1. The Cuban migrants were trying to illegally enter...

Time to change measures against Cuba, says New York Times

August 6, 2015
Time to change measures against Cuba, says New York Times HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) --- The laws and coercive measures implemented by various US administrations against Cuba remain frozen in time and it's time to change them, points out an editorial on Monday in The New York Times. The article entitled Growing Momentum to Repeal Cuban Embargo...

Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities

August 6, 2015
Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A Cuban music portal announced on Monday that the popular band Los Van Van will start a tour of several US cities on Friday, July 7. The famous band will perform in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Miami, among other cities where audiences...

Commentary: US Embassy in Havana: A vital step toward a new path of engagement

August 4, 2015
Commentary: US Embassy in Havana: A vital step toward a new path of engagement On Monday, July 20, 2015, Cuba opened its embassy in Washington, DC to much fanfare. Many were the cheers in support of this momentous occasion, which formally brought an end to an outdated and ineffective American foreign policy toward Cuba based on punishment, rather than engagement.

Hillary Clinton to call for lifting of US embargo on Cuba

August 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton to call for lifting of US embargo on Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Hillary Clinton, candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, was expected to ask Congress on Friday to lift the embargo against Cuba during a planned visit to South Florida, where she was due to participate in two public meetings, according to...

Malaysian firm to market Cuban cancer vaccine

August 1, 2015
Malaysian firm to market Cuban cancer vaccine HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Malaysia's biotechnology firm Bioven, which is conducting clinical Phase III trials of a promising Cuban vaccine against cancer, plans to list on the London stock market. The relationship of the Caribbean country with Bioven, of which the Malaysian government is one of its major...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Change, Cuba and the internet - Part 2 When it comes to Cuba what is often missed is that its government’s primary focus is not on the process of normalising its relationship with the US, but on the far more fundamental domestic reforms that are gradually changing the country’s political and economic model in ways that are intended...

Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up

August 1, 2015
Commentary: The irrational fear of Cuba opening up After 54 years of hostility between Cuba and the United States of America, the former opened its embassy in Washington, DC, the US capital of course, on Monday July 20. For all those years, Americans were restricted from traveling to Cuba, although many did so using circuitous routes through...

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