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Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuban Government Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. continue reading »

REPORT:  Cuba has Over 16,000 Cases of AIDS

REPORT:  Cuba has Over 16,000 Cases of AIDS

The number of people in Cuba with HIV/AIDS currently stands at 16,479, according to figures published Monday in the official weekly Trabajadores. continue reading »

American Alan Gross Calls of Hunger Strike After 8 Days

American Alan Gross Calls of Hunger Strike After 8 Days

Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on subversion charges, has abandoned a hunger strike after eight days at the urging of family members, his attorney said Friday. continue reading »

EU Officials To Begin Negotiating Deal with Cuban Government This Month

EU Officials To Begin Negotiating Deal with Cuban Government This Month

The European Union and Cuba will hold the first round of negotiations to reach a political and cooperation accord on April 29-30 in Havana, EU sources told Efe on Tuesday. continue reading »

Alan Gross Continues on Hunger Strike, Demands Release from Cuban Jail

Alan Gross Continues on Hunger Strike, Demands Release from Cuban Jail

Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba after being convicted of subversion, began a hunger strike on April 3 to demand both Havana and Washington for his release, his attorney said Tuesday. continue reading »

International Tourists Arriving in Cuba Up 7 Percent in Early 2014

International Tourists Arriving in Cuba Up 7 Percent in Early 2014

International tourist arrivals to Cuba rose 7 percent annually in January and February to 636,146 travelers, accounting for 21 percent of the 3 million visitors the government expects to receive this year. continue reading »

Cuban Government Reacts to USAID’s “Cuban Twitter” Project

Cuban Government Reacts to USAID’s “Cuban Twitter” Project

The Raul Castro government demanded Friday that the United States call off its "illegal and covert" actions against Cuba, in an official reaction to news that the U.S. Agency for International Development sought to create a Twitter-like social network on the Communist island. continue reading »

U.S. Acknowledges “Cuban Twitter” Project

U.S. Acknowledges “Cuban Twitter” Project

The government acknowledged Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development launched a project in Cuba to create a Twitter-like social network to increase Cubans' access to information but rejected describing the program as covert. continue reading »

Cuban Government Seeks Foreign Investment

Cuban Government Seeks Foreign Investment

Cuba's new law regulating foreign investment will give priority to 11 economic sectors, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday. continue reading »

REPORT:  Political Arrests in Cuba Declined in March

REPORT:  Political Arrests in Cuba Declined in March

The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported Tuesday a decline in the number of political arrests in March compared with earlier months, a situation it attributed to the Communist government's interest in showing "a better image" with an eye toward its talks with the European Union. continue reading »

Elite Cuban Athletes Get Pay Raise: $60 Per Month for Olympians

Elite Cuban Athletes Get Pay Raise: $60 Per Month for Olympians

Cuba reported on Monday the entry into force of the announced salary hikes for athletes, coaches and specialists in the sector, whose incomes will depend on the results and awards they obtain. continue reading »

US Coast Guard Rescues 12 Cuban Migrants off Bahamas

US Coast Guard Rescues 12 Cuban Migrants off Bahamas

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 Cuban migrants whose boat sank near Lobos Cay Island in the Bahamas, authorities said Friday. Officers on duty Thursday morning at the 7th District command center were informed that migrants were stranded on Lobos Cay continue reading »

Cuba Opens Doors to Foreign Investors in All Sectors but Health, Education

Cuba Opens Doors to Foreign Investors in All Sectors but Health, Education

Communist Cuba will allow foreign investment in all sectors except education, health and "armed institutions" and offer tax exemptions to overseas companies, the official daily Juventud Rebelde reported Wednesday, disclosing details of a bill proposed by Raul Castro's government. continue reading »

Caribbean Community Continues to Urge U.S. to End Cuban Embargo

Caribbean Community Continues to Urge U.S. to End Cuban Embargo

The Caribbean Community on Tuesday renewed its call for an end to the United States' five-decade-old trade embargo against Cuba. continue reading »

Cuban Government Doubles Doctors’ Pay

Cuban Government Doubles Doctors’ Pay

President Raul Castro and his Cabinet approved a plan to more than double the pay of Cuba's medical professionals starting in June, official media said Friday. continue reading »