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Hugo Chavez the Best Friend Cuba Ever Had Says Fidel Castro

Hugo Chavez the Best Friend Cuba Ever Had Says Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro said Monday that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was "the best friend" the Cuban people have ever had. continue reading »

Cuban Author Zoe Valdes Wins Spain’s Azorin Novel Prize

Cuban Author Zoe Valdes Wins Spain’s Azorin Novel Prize

Cuban author Zoe Valdes has been named this year's recipient of Spain's Azorin Novel Prize for "La mujer que llora" (The Weeping Woman), a work about a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso. continue reading »

Rep. McGovern Says It’s Time for U.S. to Drop Cuba from Terror List

Rep. McGovern Says It’s Time for U.S. to Drop Cuba from Terror List

The United States should remove Cuba from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism as a gesture of goodwill so that progress can be made on a broad range of matters of bilateral interest, continue reading »

Carromero Says Government Car Responsible for Crash That Killed Cuban Dissident

Carromero Says Government Car Responsible for Crash That Killed Cuban Dissident

The Spaniard who was at the wheel for the car crash that resulted in the death of prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya said a vehicle bearing official insignia caused the wreck. continue reading »

Humidor Auction Brings Big Spenders, Cigar Lovers to Havana

Humidor Auction Brings Big Spenders, Cigar Lovers to Havana

The 15th Havana Cigar Festival took in more than $1 million at the auction of six lots of luxury humidors packed with cigars, held over the weekend during the exclusive dinner that put the finishing touch to a week dedicated to premium cigars continue reading »

Boris Becker Confesses Love of Cuban Cigars

Boris Becker Confesses Love of Cuban Cigars

German tennis great Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, said during a visit to the Cigar Festival in Havana that he was a "lover" of stogies, but he labeled himself just a "beginner" in the cigar world after trying several different brands and blends. continue reading »

Daughter of Cuban Dissident Killed in Crash Says It Was No Accident

Daughter of Cuban Dissident Killed in Crash Says It Was No Accident

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya's death last July in a car crash "was not an accident," his daughter said here Thursday. The Spaniard who was driving the car carrying her father confirmed t continue reading »

Wisin & Yandel Deny Cuba’s Claim Lyrics are Offensive to Women

Wisin & Yandel Deny Cuba’s Claim Lyrics are Offensive to Women

The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo of Wisin & Yandel denied Thursday that their lyrics are offensive to women, an assessment made by the Cuban government in barring the group's songs from being played on radio and television. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Guillermo Fariñas Hope to Create Mass Organization

Cuban Dissident Guillermo Fariñas Hope to Create Mass Organization

Former political prisoners and prominent dissident Guillermo Fariñas announced Wednesday the creation of a new group that seeks to become a "dynamic mass organization" and achieve greater unity within the opposition in Cuba. continue reading »

Cuba Charges U.S. Denying Rights of Former Cuban Spy

Cuba Charges U.S. Denying Rights of Former Cuban Spy

Cuba's government on Wednesday blasted Washington for denying consular access to a Cuban agent, Rene Gonzalez who is serving probation on U.S. soil after completing a prison term for espionage. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez: Younger Cuban VP is a Step Forward

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez: Younger Cuban VP is a Step Forward

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said Sunday in Rio de Janeiro that the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as first Cuban vice president is a step forward on the island not due to his ideological position bu continue reading »

Raul Castro Set to Retire But Not for Another Five Years

Raul Castro Set to Retire But Not for Another Five Years

In Latin America news, 81-year-old Cuban President Raul Castro announced his retirement from office effective in 5-years when his current terms end. Castro was just re-elected to another term this weekend. continue reading »

Florida International University to Honor Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez

Florida International University to Honor Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez will receive on April 1 in Miami the Florida International University Medallion of Courage, which is awarded "to recognize individuals who pursue or defend a noble cause at a personal cost," the institution said. continue reading »

Raul Castro Jokes About Resigning with Reporters

Raul Castro Jokes About Resigning with Reporters

Cuban President Raul Castro, soon to be confirmed by parliament for a second five-year term, joked on Friday about the possibility that he might resign because of being so advanced in years. continue reading »

Cuba to Remain on U.S.‘s Countries that Sponsor Terrorism List

Cuba to Remain on U.S.‘s Countries that Sponsor Terrorism List

The U.S. government on Thursday denied that it is considering removing Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, where Havana has found itself since 1982 and which has constituted one of the great obstacles to the thawing of bilateral relations. continue reading »