News from Cuba:
April 23, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US Treasury Department has imposed a $5.9 million fine on the Dutch CWT BV travel agency for engaging in commercial relations with Cuba. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) penalised the Dutch company for having promoted business trips...
April 18, 2014
PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has condemned the detention in Cuba of independent journalist Juliet Michelena Díaz since 7 April, three days after she wrote a by-lined report for the Miami-based independent news platform Cubanet.
April 12, 2014
Reporters Without Borders has sent a letter about freedom of information in Cuba to French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who is about to make the first official visit to the Caribbean island by a member of the French government since 1983. Cuba’s violations of freedom of information...
April 9, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Havana-based Association of Spanish Entrepreneurs (AEEC) has expressed its willingness to foster bilateral trade and economic relations with Cuba and increase investment in areas of interest. One of its kind on the island, the association elected...
April 9, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Young tennis players from Cuba and The Bahamas, of both sexes, participated on Monday in joint training sessions at the 19 de Noviembre Court Complex, east of the capital Havana. Taking part in this first bilateral exchange are 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-year-old players.
April 8, 2014
I actually regret that my home country St Vincent and the Grenadines followed the ALBA whip by not voting in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262, in doing so supported the Russian act of aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine.
April 7, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), as one of a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas, at its midyear meeting held in Barbados, said reforms are continuing in Cuba.
April 7, 2014
The governments of the Republic of Cuba and Antigua and Barbuda have enjoyed 20 years of relations, marked by cooperation and shared principles. Since the diplomatic relations began on the 6th of April 1994, more than 160 students of Antigua and Barbuda...
April 5, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Spanish media company Lleida.net expressed its willingness to provide relevant information about its participation in the ZunZuneo project, a social network created by the US government to promote opposition in Cuba.
April 4, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The United States spent over one and a half million dollars in a so-called ZunZuneo social network aimed at promoting a regime change in Cuba, financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The programme, which was revealed by...
April 4, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The vice-president of Iran's Radio Broadcasting Organization and director of HISPAN TV, Mohammad Sarafraz, have begun a working visit to Cuba aimed at developing bilateral collaboration with the Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT).
April 3, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba and Russia have agreed to enhance collaboration in the fight against crime. The two countries have pledged to strengthen cooperation in cracking down on crime and also discussed ways to deepen cooperation in this field during a meeting...
April 2, 2014
I can understand the Russians feeling threatened, deeply worried about a European and US threat to Russia's naval base in the Crimea. I can understand them feeling the need to protect a people who speak and understand Russian. I can understand them wanting to protect...
March 31, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Parliament unanimously adopted on Saturday a new Foreign Investment Law, described as a crucial tool to consolidate the country's economic model and build a prosperous and sustainable socialist system. The law was adopted with modifications.
March 29, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- An aircrew with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, rescued 12 Cuban migrants after their vessel sank in The Bahamas on Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a report at approximately 10 am of migrants suffering from...
March 27, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Diplomatic relations between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba were further strengthened on Tuesday with the accreditation of Julio César González Marchante, at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.
March 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba considers foreign investment a priority for the development of key economic and social sectors. With this in mind a new Foreign Investment draft law will be submitted to approval by all 612 deputies of the National Parliament on March 29.
March 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Nimotuzumab, a Cuban monoclonal antibody humanized to treat cancer, is registered in 28 countries, mainly in South America, Africa and Asia, in addition to Cuba. Specialists at the Center of Molecular Immunology, an institution of the BioCubaFarma Business Group...
March 22, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the inauguration of a weekly direct flight from Havana to Martinique, Cubana Airlines has strengthened connections between the two Caribbean islands. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection is part of action to reinforce the influence of Cuba...
March 22, 2014
CARICOM and its member governments may be judged as guilty of the deaths of Venezuelan protesters, as if they pulled the triggers themselves. In early 2014, a series of protests, political demonstrations, and civil unrest occurred throughout Venezuela. The protests erupted largely as a result...
March 18, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- As part of the legislative process of the Cuban parliament, lawmakers in different territories are discussing a draft of a new foreign investment law prior to its submission for analysis at the upcoming session of the National Assembly. Following debates on the bill in Havana...
March 8, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba welcomes the proposal of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU), Catherine Ashton, of starting a political dialogue with Havana, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Thursday.
March 7, 2014
Despite the recent increase in chatter surrounding the Atlantic poll on US public opinion towards Cuba and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist shifting his stance on the half-century old economic embargo, the US has missed out on yet another opportunity to foster meaningful ties.
March 1, 2014
PARIS, France (RSF) -- Press freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has reiterated its call for the release of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer who completed a year in detention in Cuba on Friday and who began a blog in 2008 called Los hijos que nadie quiso.
February 27, 2014
The winds of change are beginning to shift in the direction of those who favor a normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States. These include recent revelations from a sugar baron and a former governor, both of whom were once bitter foes of the Castro brothers.
February 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- International sales of Cuban cigars in 2013 accounted for revenues of $447 million, eight percent higher than expected, industry executives highlighted during the opening of the 16th International Havana Cigar Festival. Ana Lopez, director of operational marketing...
February 22, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The governments of Cuba and Venezuela signed 56 collaboration agreements on Thursday in the areas of health, agriculture, construction, education and culture. The accords, which were signed following the 14th Bilateral Intergovernmental Commission...