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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...

Russia to reopen spy base in Cuba

July 17, 2014
Russia to reopen spy base in Cuba MOSCOW, Russia -- Following President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Havana last week, Russia and Cuba have agreed to reopen the signals intelligence (SIGINT) base in Lourdes, Cuba, which was primarily used to spy on the US, Russian business daily Kommersant reported.

Chinese entrepreneurs interested in doing business with Cuba

July 17, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A business mission of China will visit Cuba over the next few days in order to identify business and investment opportunities and, with it, consolidate bilateral economic relations. On the occasion of the visit, on July 21, two meetings will be organized.

Lisbon to Cuba flights inaugurated

July 17, 2014
Lisbon to Cuba flights inaugurated CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba (ACN) -- The opening of an air route between Lisbon and Jardines del Rey in Cuba confirms the sustained growth of that destination located north of Ciego de Avila and its consolidation as one of Cuba's main tourist enclaves. The first flight of EuroAtlantic Airways...

Letter: Hand held microwave weapons

July 15, 2014
My Cuban friends told me told me at the weekend that Cuba has been developing a handheld microwave weapon. A weapon that seriously damages eyesight, causes strokes, and fries the brain, giving the effect of senility to those who are targeted. It’s apparently for use during...

Putin announces increased cooperation with Cuba

July 14, 2014
Putin announces increased cooperation with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- An increase in Russian cooperation with Cuba through large projects was announced in Havana on Friday by Russian president, Valdimir Putin. “We have big projects to expand cooperation with Cuba in key areas such as energy, health and others,"...

Guilty plea by French bank for Cuba sanctions evasion may be the tip of an iceberg

July 14, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- A plea agreement in Manhattan federal court last week requiring French bank BNP Paribas (BNP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, to forfeit more than $8.8 billion and to pay a criminal fine of $140 million for its role in processing billions of dollars of...

US Coast Guard repatriates 71 Cuban migrants

July 12, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 71 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Tuesday. This repatriation is a result of five separate attempts to migrate illegally to the United States aboard rustic vessels in the Florida Straits.

US and Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, US and Cuban officials met in Washington to discuss the implementation of the 1994 and 1995 US-Cuba migration accords. These talks are held semi-annually. The US delegation was led by deputy assistant secretary for Western...

Chinese president to visit Cuba and Venezuela

July 10, 2014
Chinese president to visit Cuba and Venezuela HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- China's president Xi Jinping will take his second tour of Latin America in two years, including visits to Cuba and Venezuela. Xu Jinzhan, director for Latin America at China's Trade Ministry recently met in Beijing with a group of Cuban, Venezuelan, Argentinean and Brazilian journalists...

Russia to write off 90 percent of Cuba's debt

July 8, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Russian lower chamber of parliament, or State Duma, on Friday ratified its agreement to write off 90 percent of the debt owed by Cuba. According to a report by Russia Today, Moscow agreed to write off 90 percent of the island's $35. 2 billion debt.

Ban on Cuban diplomats breached CARICOM laws and constitutions, says Jamaican minister

July 7, 2014
Ban on Cuban diplomats breached CARICOM laws and constitutions, says Jamaican minister ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Jamaica has made it clear that the recent ban by consumer goods distributor, PriceSmart, on Cuban diplomats shopping at that establishment ran counter to the non-discrimination provisions, not only of Jamaican law and constitution, but also...

Cuba to issue sovereign bonds to finance fiscal deficit

July 5, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba plans to finance its 2013-2014 fiscal deficit by issuing sovereign bonds, which will be acquired by the country's commercial banks, the Cuban finance and price ministry announced on Wednesday. During debates at the Parliament's Economic Commission...

Cuban lawmakers call for higher quality and control of investment projects

July 5, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban lawmakers have demanded higher quality and more control of investment projects since they have a strong impact on the country's social and economic development. According to a report submitted to the parliamentarians on Wednesday...

Cuba and Syria discuss medical and pharmaceutical collaboration

July 5, 2014
Cuba and Syria discuss medical and pharmaceutical collaboration HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban and Syrian officials have discussed in Damascus ways to initiate bilateral cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. During a meeting with Cuban ambassador Fernando Perez, Syria's health minister Saad al-Nayef addressed the need...

Cuba dedicates Festival of Fire to Suriname

July 4, 2014
Cuba dedicates Festival of Fire to Suriname SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba -- Cuba has dedicated the 34th Fiesta del Fuego (Festival of Fire) in honour of Suriname, a unique and exotic country in the Americas that has put on display its rich ethnic and cultural expressions that derive from Africans, Amerindians, Dutch, Hindustanis, Javanese, Jews, and...

Google boss visits Cuba and says Washington must lift embargo

July 2, 2014
Google boss visits Cuba and says Washington must lift embargo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- "These policies defy reason: there are dozens of countries we call our allies and we are free to travel to that present much worse threats and concerns to the US than Cuba does in this decade," said the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt in an article he posted on his personal website.

French bank to pay $8.9 billion fine for violating Cuban embargo and other sanctions

July 2, 2014
French bank to pay $8.9 billion fine for violating Cuban embargo and other sanctions NEW YORK, USA -- According to court documents submitted on Monday, BNP Paribas SA (BNPP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $8.9 billion penalty for conspiring to violate the US embargo against Cuba and other international economic sanctions.

Cuban prosecutors seek up to 15 years for Canadian businessmen in bribery case

July 1, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban prosecutors in Havana's Provincial Court are seeking a 15-year prison term for a Canadian businessman who has been tried on bribery charges, and 20 years for Cuba’s former deputy sugar minister who is accused in the same case, official media reported on Monday.

US Coast Guard repatriates 53 Cuban migrants

June 30, 2014
US Coast Guard repatriates 53 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- After being rescued by the US Coast Guard, and transferred aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island, 53 Cuban migrants were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Friday. These repatriations are a result of five separate attempts illegally to migrate to the United States.

Cuba calls for end to Puerto Rico's colonial status

June 27, 2014
Cuba calls for end to Puerto Rico's colonial status NEW YORK, USA (ACN) -- Cuba reiterated on Monday at the United Nations its call for the end of the colonial status of Puerto Rico and for the materialization of that island’s right to self-determination and independence. Cuban ambassador Rodolfo Reyes presented a new document on the issue...

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