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Raul Castro Says Focus is on Gradual Reforms in Cuba

Raul Castro Says Focus is on Gradual Reforms in Cuba

President Raul Castro defended the "gradual" nature of his government's reforms, emphasizing the need to "ensure order" and avoid mistakes that would distort the aims of the plan to update Cuba's socialist economy. continue reading »

Cuba Claims Embargo Responsible for “Closed” Internet

Cuba Claims Embargo Responsible for “Closed” Internet

The U.S. economic embargo prevents Cubans from accessing many Google services, Communist Party daily Granma said Wednesday, reacting to comments by the search giant's chief during a recent visit to the island continue reading »

REPORT:  Cuba Holding 114 Political Prisoners

REPORT:  Cuba Holding 114 Political Prisoners

The number of political prisoners in Cuba has climbed to 114, the opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, said Monday. continue reading »

Cuba Looks to Foreign Investors in Bottling, Electronics Sectors

Cuba Looks to Foreign Investors in Bottling, Electronics Sectors

Cuba is looking to attract foreign investment in a range of industrial sectors and sees special potential for capital inflows to the bottling and packaging and electronic equipment and appliances industries, a government official said Thursday. continue reading »

Mother of U.S. Contractor Jailed in Cuba Dies

Mother of U.S. Contractor Jailed in Cuba Dies

The mother of Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on a conviction for subversion, died Wednesday. continue reading »

POLL:  Majority of Cuban-American Youth Oppose Embargo

POLL:  Majority of Cuban-American Youth Oppose Embargo

The majority of young Cuban-Americans not only oppose the embargo against Cuba but are in favor of reestablishing relations with Havana, according to a poll taken by Miami's Florida International University. continue reading »

REPORT:  Cuban’s Average Salary Rises to $20 per Month

REPORT:  Cuban’s Average Salary Rises to $20 per Month

The average state salary in Cuba rose 1 percent in 2013 to 471 pesos ($20) a month, which maintains the trend toward slight increases seen in recent years, according to an official report published Tuesday. continue reading »

Cuban Exiles Claim Opposition Figure Arrested “With Violence”

Cuban Exiles Claim Opposition Figure Arrested “With Violence”

The Cuban Democratic Directorate exile group in Miami on Wednesday reported the arrest "with violence" in Cuba of opposition figure Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known as "Antunez," and his wife, Yris Perez Aguilera, after authorities "raided their home." continue reading »

4 People Murdered While Planning to Leave Cuba with Foreign Assistance

4 People Murdered While Planning to Leave Cuba with Foreign Assistance

Four people were murdered in Cuba in a case presumably related to the group's alleged plan to leave the country "with help from abroad," Cuban authorities reported Wednesday, adding that they have arrested six people linked to the case. continue reading »

2 Cuban Tennis Players Defect to U.S.

2 Cuban Tennis Players Defect to U.S.

Two members of Cuba's national tennis squad defected after taking part in a regional Davis Cup qualifying event in Puerto Rico and have already arrived in Miami, the news Web site Cafefuerte reported Wednesday. continue reading »

Members of National Ballet of Cuba Who Defected Arrive in Miami

Members of National Ballet of Cuba Who Defected Arrive in Miami

Six members of the National Ballet of Cuba who defected during a tour of Puerto Rico are already in Miami and very soon will perform with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, the Florida dance company's artistic director told Efe Monday. continue reading »

Hillary Clinton Urged Obama to Ease Embargo on Cuba

Hillary Clinton Urged Obama to Ease Embargo on Cuba

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton urged President Barack Obama to ease the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, according to excerpts from her memoir due out next week. continue reading »

2014 Sees an Increase in Foreign Tourists Visiting Cuba

2014 Sees an Increase in Foreign Tourists Visiting Cuba

Cuba welcomed 1.28 million tourists in the first four months of this year, a figure that exceeded by 60,804 the number of visitors during the same period in 2013, the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI, said Monday. continue reading »

Mexico’s Economic Secretary Leads Trade Delegation to Cuba

Mexico’s Economic Secretary Leads Trade Delegation to Cuba

Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and several business leaders are visiting Cuba this week as part of an effort to expand trade in strategic areas, the Economy Secretariat said. continue reading »

Surprise Move: Cuban Govt Unblocks Dissident Yoani Sanchez’s Online Blog

Surprise Move: Cuban Govt Unblocks Dissident Yoani Sanchez’s Online Blog

The independent online newspaper 14ymedio, published by Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez can now be viewed on the island after authorities had been blocking the Web site since its launching in the middle of last week. continue reading »