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Exiled Cuban Priest Known as the “Immigrants’ Pastor” Dies in Miami

Exiled Cuban Priest Known as the “Immigrants’ Pastor” Dies in Miami

Monsignor Emilio Vallina, a defender of immigrants and Cuban exiles, died in Miami after a prolonged illness, the Web site Cafe Fuerte reported Monday. He was 87. continue reading »

Oscar Hijuelos - First Hispanic to Win Pulitzer Prize- Dies at 62

Oscar Hijuelos - First Hispanic to Win Pulitzer Prize- Dies at 62

Writer Oscar Hijuelos, the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died last weekend in Manhattan, The New York Times said. He was 62. continue reading »

Cuban Newspaper Criticizes Teachers Charging for Tutoring

Cuban Newspaper Criticizes Teachers Charging for Tutoring

Cuban Communist Party daily Granma complained Friday that some salaried teachers are breaking the law by charging fees for individual tutoring. continue reading »

Family of Deceased Cuban Dissident Granted Citizenship in Spain

Family of Deceased Cuban Dissident Granted Citizenship in Spain

Spain's government granted citizenship Friday to the widow and two children of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya. The beneficiaries of the royal decree are Ofelia Acevedo Maura and Rosa Maria and Oswaldo Jose Paya Acevedo. continue reading »

Cuba Opens Tourism Sector to Private Initiatives

Cuba Opens Tourism Sector to Private Initiatives

Cuba's state-owned travel agencies and tourist entities will be able to book private lodgings and restaurants, the government said Thursday. continue reading »

Cuba Dissident Group Asks Government for “Real” Changes

Cuba Dissident Group Asks Government for “Real” Changes

A new Cuban dissident group called the Transition Support Center, or CAT, led by ex-political prisoner Hector Maseda, gathered in Havana to ask the island's government for "real" changes. continue reading »

Paco de Lucia Gives First Performance in Cuba in 26 Years

Paco de Lucia Gives First Performance in Cuba in 26 Years

Music lovers packed Havana's Teatro Karl Marx for Spanish guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucia's first concert in Cuba since 1987. De Lucia's performance was the main attraction of this week's 5th Leo Brouwer Chamber Music Festival in the Cuban capital. continue reading »

Jesse Jackson’s Intervention on Behalf of Jailed Alan Gross Unsuccessful in Cuba

Jesse Jackson’s Intervention on Behalf of Jailed Alan Gross Unsuccessful in Cuba

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday ended his visit to Havana without having been able to see Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence here after being convicted of subversion. continue reading »

Cuban Athletes Get “Okay” to Sign Foreign Contracts

Cuban Athletes Get “Okay” to Sign Foreign Contracts

Cuban athletes will be allowed to sign contracts with teams in foreign countries, according to a new policy announced Friday in the Communist government's official media. continue reading »

Cuban Dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Part of “Group of 75” Dies in Spain

Cuban Dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Part of “Group of 75” Dies in Spain

Cuban opposition figure Oscar Espinosa Chepe died here Monday of chronic liver problems, sources close to the family confirmed to Efe. He was 72. continue reading »

Cuba Plans to Accept Majority of Recommendations by Human Rights Council

Cuba Plans to Accept Majority of Recommendations by Human Rights Council

Cuba will accept the majority of the 292 recommendations prepared in May during the U.N. Human Rights Council's review of the situation on the Communist-ruled island, official media said Thursday. continue reading »

Silvio Rodriguez Criticizes Cuban Government’s Repression of Musician

Silvio Rodriguez Criticizes Cuban Government’s Repression of Musician

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez on Tuesday condemned the "act of repression" by the communist island's cultural authorities against a fellow musician punished after he made remarks critical of the government at an official concert in Havana last week. continue reading »

Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

Cuba, U.S. Discuss Pilot Project for Direct Mail Service Suspended in 1963

U.S. and Cuban representatives held a second round of talks in Havana on Monday to discuss a pilot project to re-establish direct mail service between the two countries, five decades after it was cancelled amid Cold War tensions. continue reading »

Alicia Alonso, Head of Cuba’s National Ballet, Honored in Spain

Alicia Alonso, Head of Cuba’s National Ballet, Honored in Spain

The Teatro de Rojas in Toledo, a city in central Spain, granted Tuesday the Special Prize in the 22nd edition of its awards to Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba. continue reading »

Afro-latinos, A Gateway To The Multicultural Market

Afro-latinos, A Gateway To The Multicultural Market

The Afro-Latina actress from the smash-hit series Suits, Gina Torres, goes to the Alma Awards – an event that recognize the best American Latino contributions to music, television, and film – and has her identity questioned by a Telemundo reporter. continue reading »