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Cuba bets on tourism as Trump restrictions take hold

The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. Continue reading

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Amid crisis, Cuba plans revamp of state and legal system

In the midst of a regional crisis over Venezuela and tough economic straits, the Cuban government is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its centrally planned, single-party system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal j… Continue reading

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Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil

A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil returned to Havana on Friday as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to underserved areas. Continue reading

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Havana fights trash problem ahead of 500th anniversary

Luxury hotels are rising fast along the Prado, the tree-lined colonial boulevard that is home to many of Havana’s best-known architectural masterworks. Continue reading

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Cuban constitutional reform spawns unusual public debate

In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba’s constitution has spawned a highly unusual debate on the island’s political system and values. Continue reading

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Cuba approves new leader’s Cabinet with old faces in place

Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved the Cabinet named by new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, keeping most of the ministers from Raul Castro’s government in place, except for in the key post of economic reform. Continue reading

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Mexicans welcome pre-vote quiet ahead of major election

Mexicans indulged Saturday in a much-needed break from the political propaganda that has engulfed them for months leading up to elections that could usher in big changes for the country. Continue reading

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Ahead of Mexico vote, fears and warnings over possible fraud

The specter of possible fraud rears its head in Mexico each electoral campaign, both in the popular imagination and among candidates on the ballot. Continue reading

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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state media filled with minute-by-minute updates, cellphone video from the accident and an interview from the scene with newly named President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Continue reading

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Raul Castro acts like he’s retiring though future unclear

Raul Castro was relaxed as he gave a 90-minute speech handing over the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro’s son mourned in Cuba after suicide

Fidel Castro’s oldest son was mourned in Cuba on Friday after the unusually public announcement of his suicide following a long depression. Continue reading

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Former US inmate’s wife decries exclusion from Cuba congress

The wife of a Cuban intelligence agent imprisoned in the United States for 10 years has written an unusual public complaint that her husband wasn’t chosen as a member of the country’s parliament. Continue reading

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Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy

On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami’s Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling back some of Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba in order to starve the island’s military-run economy of U.S. to… Continue reading

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Pigeon competitions take flight over rooftops of Cuba

It may be a tranquil day on the streets of the Cuban capital, but up in the sky it’s an avian war zone. Continue reading

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Havana’s Malecon threatened by climate change, neglect

Havana starts on the Malecon, the elegant, crumbling coastal boulevard whose early 20th-century buildings face a sea that sprays them with salt and pounds them with massive waves brought in by cold fronts or hurricanes. Continue reading

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After attacks on US diplomats, Cubans’ visa hopes in limbo

Thousands of Cubans have had their travel plans thrown into limbo by the U.S. State government’s announcement that it has suspended visa processing in Havana. Continue reading

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Cuba’s decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma

The historic but often decrepit buildings of Havana and other colonial Cuban cities couldn’t stand up to Hurricane Irma’s winds and rainfall, collapsing and killing seven people in one of the highest death tolls from the storm’s passage through the Car… Continue reading

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Cuba orders closure of fast-growing accounting cooperative

Cuban authorities have ordered the closure of one of the island’s fastest-growing cooperatives, days after announcing that they would stop issuing new permits for some private enterprise. Continue reading

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US-Cuba sea mission finds healthy reefs, invasive lionfish

A joint U.S.-Cuban expedition to explore the island’s coral reefs uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel with significant commercial value, scientists involved in the mission said Tuesday. Continue reading

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