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Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba

August 27, 2016
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba MIAMI, USA -- A weak area of low pressure was located between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity increased during the day on Friday, but remained disorganized and is located mainly to the east and...

US Coast Guard repatriates 161 Cuban migrants

August 27, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 161 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 161 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 66 Cuban migrants on Monday; the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 68 Cuban migrants on Thursday...

AT&T signs deal for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection

August 24, 2016
AT&T signs deal for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection DALLAS, USA -- AT&T has reached agreements for Cuba roaming and direct interconnection with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA). The deal continues to enhance AT&T's global coverage for customers – the best of any US wireless provider. "Cuba is a growing...

Cuba and Iran to strengthen economic ties

August 24, 2016
Cuba and Iran to strengthen economic ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The desire to expand and strengthen economic relations between Cuba and Iran was expressed on Monday in the first bi-national business forum held in Havana. The meeting was presided over by Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban minister of foreign trade and investment...

US Coast Guard repatriates 55 Cuban migrants

August 20, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 55 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since August 12. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated 36 Cuban migrants on Tuesday, and the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew repatriated 19 Cuban...

Cuban opposition group inaugurated in Miami

August 17, 2016
Cuban opposition group inaugurated in Miami MIAMI, USA -- President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia sent a message to a crowd of almost 1,000 gathered for the inauguration of Cuban opposition group, Inspire America Foundation, and in honour of opposition leader, Dr Oscar Elias Biscet, in Coral Gables, Florida. It was the first time Uribe has...

Australian company accelerates drilling plans for onshore oil in Cuba

August 17, 2016
Australian company accelerates drilling plans for onshore oil in Cuba MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian publicly listed company, MEO Australia Limited, has provided an operational update and near term drilling plans and further resource update plans for its Cuban Block 9 onshore oil acreage. MEO has commenced the work required to accelerate the...

Commentary: Payback doesn't pay back: US-Cuba compensation claims

August 15, 2016
Commentary: Payback doesn't pay back: US-Cuba compensation claims Before 1959, three-fourths of Cuba’s arable land was owned by US corporations and citizens. The two nations were so tightly bound that Cuba’s economic policies were practically guided by US interests alone. However, after dictator Fulgencio Batista was deposed in the 1959 Cuban...

US Coast Guard repatriates 97 Cuban migrants

August 8, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 97 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 97 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since July 30. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew repatriated 32 Cuban migrants on Sunday; the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated 35 Cuban migrants on Wednesday...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba - A momentary darkness?

August 6, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba - A momentary darkness? As has been widely reported, Cuba has entered a new period of austerity. On July 8, President Castro told the Cuban National Assembly that Cuban economic growth had slowed to 1 percent in the first half of 2016 compared with 4.7 percent over the same period in 2015.

Cuba and US advance talks on mutual compensation

August 3, 2016
Cuba and US advance talks on mutual compensation HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will not accept unilateral solutions that do not satisfy its interests, Cuban deputy foreign minister Abelardo Moreno said in Havana, referring to talks with the US on mutual compensation. The government official pointed out at a press conference that Cuba...

US firm first to provide film and broadcast services in Cuba

August 3, 2016
US firm first to provide film and broadcast services in Cuba FT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Cuba International Network (CIN) recently became the first US company authorized to set up shop in Cuba to provide equipment and personnel there to support the production of broadcasting, television and filming of video content for consumption in the US.

Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies

July 30, 2016
Castro admits slowdown of Cuban economy after Venezuela cuts oil supplies HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban President Raul Castro admitted in the National Assembly earlier this month that the deepening crisis in Venezuela is having repercussions on the Caribbean island’s economy as a result of a reduction in the supply of crude oil. He said Cuba’s economy grew just one percent...

US and Cuba discuss mutual compensation

July 30, 2016
US and Cuba discuss mutual compensation WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- Cuban and US officials are meeting in Washington for the second round of talks on mutual compensation. Cuban specialists and representatives of the US Departments of State, Justice and the Treasury will address economic compensation options...

Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform

July 27, 2016
Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform On June 8, United States Coast Guard official Charles David Jr. repatriated 34 Cuban immigrants back to Cuba. This incident recapitulates the recent increase in Cuban immigration to the United States. At the root of this increase lie President Obama’s recent attempts to normalize...

Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme

July 25, 2016
Three charged in Florida with participating in Caribbean cell phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- Criminal charges were unsealed on Friday against multiple defendants relating to their participation in a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme, involving the takeover or compromise of cell phone customers’ accounts and the “cloning” of their phones to make...

US Coast Guard repatriates 151 Cuban migrants

July 25, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 151 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 151 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since July 14. The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore crew repatriated 60 Cuban migrants on Monday. The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew repatriated 45 Cuban migrants, and....

Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series

July 25, 2016
Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will debut versus the Dominican Republic in the first game of the Caribbean Baseball Series that will take place from February 1 to 7, 2017, in the Mexican city of Culiacan. JIT sports publication stated that Cubans and Dominicans will face each other at...

Cuba's first e-commerce website under development

July 22, 2016
Cuba's first e-commerce website under development MIAMI, USA -- Fuego Enterprises, Inc., a diversified holdings company focused on business opportunities in Cuba and the United States, is positioning itself to enter what many predict will be the biggest market in the Caribbean: online classified ads and e-commerce in Cuba.

Federal Express gets green light for cargo flights to Cuba

July 21, 2016
Federal Express gets green light for cargo flights to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US Department of Transportation has authorized Federal Express Company (FedEx) to offer cargo services to Cuba, thus becoming the first entity of its kind so far with the green light to carry out such operations. FedEx flights will fly to Cuba once a day from...

Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic

July 21, 2016
Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalising a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Speaking in a recent interview, the minister said that an agreement has already...

US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI

July 18, 2016
US Coast Guard ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search on Saturday for possible survivors of a migrant vessel, which reportedly capsized sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and last Monday morning in waters between the British Virgin Islands and...

Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low

July 16, 2016
Venezuela oil production hits 13-year low CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s oil production fell to a 13-year low last month, declining by 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) since the start of 2016 to 2.18 million barrels per day (mb/d) in June, according to the latest oil market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard searches for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel off the BVI SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Coast Guard rescue crews were actively searching the waters between the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Thursday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant vessel. Two St Maarten and two Cuban migrants who...

US Coast Guard repatriates 33 Cuban migrants

July 16, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 33 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 12 Cuban migrants on Tuesday and another 21 Cuban migrants on Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea within the last week.

Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba

July 15, 2016
Venezuela state oil company denies cutting exports to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Officials with Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), have rejected allegations that the firm has reduced crude oil exports to Cuba. "There has not been any issue or reduction with the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba. There is a technical...

US congress seeks to strengthen embargo against Cuba

July 14, 2016
US congress seeks to strengthen embargo against Cuba WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- The US House of Representatives was the scene of a new maneuver by the anti-Cuban lobby that managed to include sanctions against the Caribbean nation in the 2017 House Financial Services and General Government Bill. Some representatives openly...

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