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Cuba Welcomed Nearly 3 Million Tourists in 2013

Cuba Welcomed Nearly 3 Million Tourists in 2013

Cuba closed 2013 having welcomed a total of 2.85 million foreign tourists, a new record but short of its goal of 3 million, the Tourism Ministry said Monday. continue reading »

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades. continue reading »

Cuba Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in Its History

Cuba Has Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in Its History

Cuba ended 2013 with an infant mortality rate of 4.2 per 1,000 live births, the lowest level in the island's history, state media reported Thursday. continue reading »

Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

Cuban Woman Arrives in US to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister in Miami

A Cuban woman finally arrived in Miami to donate bone marrow to a sister suffering from leukemia, after a month of uncertainty due to U.S. authorities' initial rejection of her visa request, El Nuevo Herald newspaper said Tuesday. The emotional meeting of Alina Ortega Reyes and her ailing sister, Damay Ortega, took place Monday night at Miami International Airport. continue reading »

REPORT: 44 Undocumented Cubans Enroute to U.S. Detained in Honduras

REPORT: 44 Undocumented Cubans Enroute to U.S. Detained in Honduras

Honduran authorities detained Monday 44 undocumented Cubans attempting to travel to the United States, police said. continue reading »

Raul Castro Seeking to Have ‘Civilized Relationship’ with U.S.

Raul Castro Seeking to Have ‘Civilized Relationship’ with U.S.

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday again offered the U.S. government the option of a "respectful dialogue" that would not compromise the island's sovereignty, and said the two countries can establish "civilized relations." continue reading »

Cuba Lifts Restrictions on Automobile Sales

Cuba Lifts Restrictions on Automobile Sales

Cubans will be able to buy new and second-hand automobiles from state-run retailers without a permit under new rules approved by President Raul Castro's government. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Praises Raul’s Handshake With Obama

Fidel Castro Praises Raul’s Handshake With Obama

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro eulogized Nelson Mandela as "an apostle of peace" and praised younger brother - and successor - Raul for his handshake with U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial service for the father of democratic South Africa. continue reading »

Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

Cuban Diplomat Says “Normal” Relations with U.S. Still Years Away

The normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take years and will not be resolved during the presidency of Barack Obama, a long-time head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington told the Communist Party daily Granma. continue reading »

Police Arrest 150 in Cuba on Global Human Rights Day

Police Arrest 150 in Cuba on Global Human Rights Day

As many as 150 dissidents were arrested while trying to mark U.N. International Human Rights Day, the opposition Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said Wednesday. continue reading »

Government Supporters Harass Cuba’s Ladies in White

Government Supporters Harass Cuba’s Ladies in White

Members of the Ladies in White dissident group on Tuesday were severely harassed by Cuban government supporters as they were trying to gather at a crowded spot in Havana to begin a march to commemorate U.N. International Human Rights Day. continue reading »

ASCAP Welcomes Arturo Sandoval Into Jazz Wall of Fame

ASCAP Welcomes Arturo Sandoval Into Jazz Wall of Fame

Cuban-American trumpet player Arturo Sandoval entered ASCAP's Jazz Wall of Fame in a year the musician will never forget - he had already received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and had won his ninth Grammy Award. continue reading »

HISTORIC:  Obama and Raul Castro Meet and Greet at Nelson Mandela Memorial

HISTORIC:  Obama and Raul Castro Meet and Greet at Nelson Mandela Memorial

U.S. President Barack Obama, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and Cuban leader Raul Castro were among the speakers at a massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela. continue reading »

Cuban Government Resumes Consular Services, At Least for Now

Cuban Government Resumes Consular Services, At Least for Now

The Cuban Interests Section in Washington will temporarily resume providing consular services in the United States, which it had suspended because it could not find a bank to use due to restrictions linked to Uncle Sam's economic embargo, government-run media reported here on Monday. continue reading »

Jewish Leaders Celebrate Hanukkah with Alan Gross in Cuba

Jewish Leaders Celebrate Hanukkah with Alan Gross in Cuba

Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba after being convicted of subversion, received a Hanukah visit from leaders of the island's Jewish community. continue reading »