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Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro said that Hurricane Sandy dealt a "really hard blow" to the eastern province of Santiago, the area of the island most affected by the storm. continue reading »

Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas will perform for the first time in Cuba on Dec. 3 in a concert to help the U.N.'s worldwide campaign to end violence against women, Cuban official media said Thursday. continue reading »

Eastern Part of Cuba Battered by Hurricane Sandy, Preliminary Losses Set at $88 Million

Eastern Part of Cuba Battered by Hurricane Sandy, Preliminary Losses Set at $88 Million

Cuban President Raul Castro visited the central provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus, drenched by heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy, which caused considerable damage as it swept through the eastern part of the island, the official AIN news agency reported. "We can say we've had a big hurricane in the east and a small 'Flora' (the devastating 1964 hurricane) in the central part of the country," Castro said. "We didn't want to go to the east without first visiting the central provinces." On Saturday Castro visited the provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus after presiding over a Council of Ministers meeting which analyzed, among other matters, the measures the government will adopt for repairing the damage from Hurricane Sandy, which crossed the eastern part of the island from south to north last Thursday. In Santiago, the second most populous province of the country with more than 1 million inhabitants, there have been reported in the housing sector alone more than 14,200 completely destroyed homes and more than 32,000 badly damaged, as well as crop losses, roadways blocked, power outages and loss of telephone service. The damage extends to other provinces of the region as well, including Holguin and Guantanamo. The government has not yet released an official estimate of the economic losses caused by the hurricane, but preliminary reports estimate that in Santiago de Cuba they amount to more than 2.12 billion pesos (more than $88 million). continue reading »

Cuba Has Performed 20 Sex-Change Operations for Transexuals

Cuba Has Performed 20 Sex-Change Operations for Transexuals

The number of Cuban transsexuals who have had sex-change surgery has risen to 20, according to figures released by Mariela Castro, director of the National Center for Sex Education, or Cenesex. continue reading »

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a comandante of the Cuban Revolution who later turned against Fidel Castro, died Friday in Havana, sources close to the dissident told Efe. He was 77. continue reading »

Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

The Cuban government will ease restrictions on visits to the island by people who emigrated without authorization, including doctors and athletes who defected while on excursions abroad, a senior official said. continue reading »

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall early Thursday in Cuba, is heading for the central Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center, or NHC, said. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Seen in Public for First Time Since Rumors of His Emminent Death Surfaced

Fidel Castro Seen in Public for First Time Since Rumors of His Emminent Death Surfaced

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro met with former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua in Havana and later accompanied him to the Hotel Nacional in his first public appearance in months and amid rumors about his health. continue reading »

STUDY: LatAm Women are Better Educated but Lower Paid

STUDY: LatAm Women are Better Educated but Lower Paid

Despite recent gains, the wage gap between men and women in Latin America still prevails, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study entitled “New Century, Old Disparities,” which compares surveys of representative households in 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries. continue reading »

Sculpture Marking 50th Anniversary of Cuba’s Child Exodus Unveiled in Miami

Sculpture Marking 50th Anniversary of Cuba’s Child Exodus Unveiled in Miami

Miami-Dade College unveiled a large-scale sculpture to mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Peter Pan, which resulted in 14,048 unaccompanied kids leaving Cuba in what is considered the largest child exodus in the West during the 20th century. continue reading »

As Health Rumors Linger Fidel Castro Sends Graduates Congratulatory Message

As Health Rumors Linger Fidel Castro Sends Graduates Congratulatory Message

Fidel Castro's signature appeared once again in the Cuban press on Thursday when he published a congratulatory message directed to an academic institution. continue reading »

FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

FARC Guerillas and Colombian Gov’t Prepare for Peace Talks in Cuba

The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas met here Thursday to formally inaugurate a peace process aimed at ending nearly five decades of internal strife. continue reading »

Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions for Its Citizens, Exit Visa Eliminated

Cuba Eases Travel Restrictions for Its Citizens, Exit Visa Eliminated

Cuba announced Tuesday the elimination of exit permits for taking trips abroad and will annul the requirement for a letter of invitation as part of the longed-for and long-awaited travel reform that will take effect Jan. 14, 2013. continue reading »

Declassified Documents Shine New Light on Cuban Missile Crisis

Declassified Documents Shine New Light on Cuban Missile Crisis

Declassified Kennedy Library documents reveal further details of a secret U.S. effort to reach an accord with communist Cuba and avoid a nuclear war during the 1962 missile crisis. continue reading »

Fidel Castro in Good Health, Says Son

Fidel Castro in Good Health, Says Son

One of Fidel Castro's sons said the former Cuban president "is well" and maintains a daily routine that includes reading and physical exercise. continue reading »