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Cuban Film Director Jose Massip Dies at 88

Cuban Film Director Jose Massip Dies at 88

Cuban film director Jose Massip, the winner of the National Film Prize and founder of the island's Cinematographic Art and Industry Institute, or ICAI, died in Havana, local media reported. He was 88. continue reading »

Panama Releases Detained North Korean Ship Carrying Undeclared Weapons

Panama Releases Detained North Korean Ship Carrying Undeclared Weapons

Almost all the crew members - 32 out of 35 - of the North Korean ship detained in the Panama Canal last July for transporting Cuban arms without declaring them, and who were freed last month, will leave on the vessel that was released Saturday after the officers in charge paid the fine levied on them. continue reading »

Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo Prepares for Concert in Mexico

Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo Prepares for Concert in Mexico

Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, said she is looking forward to her upcoming concert here with Mexico's Regina Orozco. continue reading »

REPORT:  Over 1,000 Politically Motivated Arrests in Cuba This Year

REPORT:  Over 1,000 Politically Motivated Arrests in Cuba This Year

The opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Monday said that in January 2014 there were at least 1,052 politically motivated arbitrary arrests on the Communist-ruled island. continue reading »

Uruguayan President Says Fidel Castro’s Health Has “Deteriorated”

Uruguayan President Says Fidel Castro’s Health Has “Deteriorated”

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica saw Cuban leader Fidel Castro as "old" and "deteriorated" from a physical point of view, but "concerned about the destiny of humanity" during their recent meeting in Havana. continue reading »

EU Inches Closer to Negotiating New Agreement with Cuba

EU Inches Closer to Negotiating New Agreement with Cuba

The 28 European Union member states moved closer to starting negotiations on a new political and cooperation agreement with Cuba, EU sources told Efe Wednesday. continue reading »

Raul Castro, Nicolas Maduro Aim For Economic Cooperation

Raul Castro, Nicolas Maduro Aim For Economic Cooperation

Cuban President Raul Castro and Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed their interest in consolidating bilateral economic cooperation during a meeting in Havana, Cuba's official media said. continue reading »

State-Run Real Estate Agencies to Begin Renting Out Buildings to Cubans

State-Run Real Estate Agencies to Begin Renting Out Buildings to Cubans

Cubans have been given the go-ahead to rent buildings through state-run real-estate agencies, which until now had only provided their services to state institutions and companies and to foreign citizens and firms, the government said Wednesday. continue reading »

Justin Bieber Pops Up in Cuba Amidst Recent Drama

Justin Bieber Pops Up in Cuba Amidst Recent Drama

Justin Bieber avoids his many recent troubles in Los Angeles involving the police, Selena Gomez, and drug rumors by escaping to Cuba. Sharing two images with his 13.5 million Instagram followers, Bieber captioned one of the photos ā€œIā€™m in Cuba I love Cubans.ā€ continue reading »

Cuban Dissidents to Hold Democracy Forum Parallel to CELAC Summit

Cuban Dissidents to Hold Democracy Forum Parallel to CELAC Summit

Cuban dissidents and activists plan to hold a forum on democracy in Havana on Jan. 28, parallel to the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, opposition sources told Efe on Saturday. continue reading »

Imprisoned Cuban Dissident Released on Parole

Imprisoned Cuban Dissident Released on Parole

A Cuban dissident sentenced in 2012 to 30 months in prison for "pre-criminal social dangerousness" was released this week on parole, a leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba opposition group said Thursday. continue reading »

Colombia Grants Safe-Conduct to 6 Cubans Seeking Refugee Status

Colombia Grants Safe-Conduct to 6 Cubans Seeking Refugee Status

Colombia's Foreign Ministry granted a safe-conduct for five days to six Cuban citizens, who have been in the transit lounge of Bogota's El Dorado International Airport since Jan. 1, so they can apply for official acceptance of their refugee status. continue reading »

U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

The head of the U.S. delegation that held a new round of migration talks with Cuba, said Friday that he had been able to visit Alan Gross, the American contractor serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted of subversion. continue reading »

Cuba Calls on U.S. to Stop “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Cuba Calls on U.S. to Stop “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Cuba used the latest round of migration talks with the United States to again urge Washington to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allows Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil to remain in the country, the Havana government said Thursday. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Makes Public Appearance after Long Absence

Fidel Castro Makes Public Appearance after Long Absence

Former Cuban President and revolutionary Fidel Castro made a public appearance yesterday after a long absence. The 87-year-old dictator was photographed at the opening of an artist gallery in Havana; he was last seen nine months ago. continue reading »