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Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution

Cuba’s current constitution only recognizes state, cooperative, farmer, personal and joint venture property

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July 22, 2018


Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. Journalists at state-run news outlets were among the first this year to get mobile internet, provided by…

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July 17, 2018


Communist-run Cuba to recognize private property in new constitution

Communist-run Cuba will officially recognize private property, something it has long rejected as a vestige of capitalism, under a new constitution that also creates the position of prime minister alongside the president, state media reported on Saturday. Cuba’s current Soviet-era constitution only recognizes state, cooperative, farmer, personal and joint venture property. But former President Raul…

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July 15, 2018


Cuba says cause of illness in US diplomats remains a mystery

Cuba said on Sunday it remained baffled by health issues affecting US diplomats, after the US State Department reported two Cuba-based functionaries had symptoms similar to previous cases that began in late 2016. The State Department said on Friday the cases were similar to those of 24 diplomats and family members taken ill through 2017,…

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June 11, 2018


Black box found in Cuba plane crash

A black box from a Boeing passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, killing 110 people and wounding three others, has been found and is in “good condition,” Cuban Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo said Saturday. “We should receive the other one in the next few hours,” he told state media. The two black boxes — the…

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May 20, 2018


Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country’s first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power, reported AFP. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 — assumed…

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April 20, 2018


A tale of two Guantanamos

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba: On the eastern edge of Cuba, lies the tale of two cities, Guantanamo the city and Guantanamo the U.S. naval base. Both are testament to the gulf between the two countries and their cultures, reported Reuters. On the base, the uniforms are camouflage. In the city, they are for…

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February 4, 2018


Fidel Castro’s eldest son ‘Fidelito’ commits suicide

HAVANA: The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on Thursday aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. According to Reuters, Castro Diaz-Balart, also known as “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, because of how much he looked like his father, had initially been hospitalized for…

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February 2, 2018


U.S. probing if ‘viral’ attack sickened diplomats in Cuba: official

FILE PHOTO: A man works outside of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini WASHINGTON/HAVANA: U.S. investigators are looking at a range of theories, including the possibility of a “viral” attack, to explain what may have sickened some American diplomats who were stationed in Havana, the State Department said on Tuesday,…

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January 10, 2018


39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

HAVANA: A fireworks explosion injured 39 people, including six children between the ages of 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday. According to Reuters, the centuries-old Parrandas festival in the central town of Remedios takes place every Dec. 24 and draws thousands of Cubans and some…

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December 26, 2017


Cuba boosts trade ties with Cold War ally Russia as U.S. disengages

A Russian-made Moskvich car is seen parked in Havana, Cuba, December 12, 2017. Picture taken on December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini HAVANA: Boxy Russian-built Lada automobiles still rattle around Cuba, growing more decrepit by the year, a reminder of vanished Soviet patronage for the Communist-led island, reported Reuters. But next month, more than 300 shiny…

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December 19, 2017


Cuba to make it easier for Cuban Americans to visit

WASHINGTON: Cuba will make it easier for its U.S.-based citizens to travel to the island, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Saturday, in a gesture to win support from Cuban Americans during a diplomatic crisis over allegations of mysterious health attacks, reported Reuters. “The U.S. government closes, and Cuba opens,” Rodriguez told a meeting of…

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October 29, 2017


Imran pleads the case of Rohingya Muslim languishing in Guantanamo Bay

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has pleaded the case of a Pakistani citizen of Burmese Rohingya origin who is languishing as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. In an article published by the Washington Post, Imran pleads the detainee’s case before the international community. According to his article, the man “has now waited…

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October 20, 2017


U.S. travel warning sends chill across Cuban tourism industry

HAVANA: Businesses catering to U.S. tourists visiting Cuba have had a rude awakening in the last few months after enjoying a 2-1/2-year boom, reported Reuters. First, U.S. President Donald Trump in June ordered tighter restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island. Then the U.S. State Department warned on Friday against going there after a spate…

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October 2, 2017


Cuba warns U.S. against hasty decisions in mysterious illness in diplomats

WASHINGTON: Cuba’s top diplomat warned the United States on Tuesday against taking hasty decisions over alleged incidents that have harmed U.S. embassy staff in Havana and urged its authorities to cooperate on the investigation into the mysterious affair, reported Reuters. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez had called for Tuesday’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State…

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September 27, 2017


Hurricane Irma batters Cuba on way to Florida

CAIBARIEN: Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping off roofs as it headed towards Florida, authorities and witnesses said. After leaving at least 19 people dead on its path across the Caribbean, Irma was “seriously” damaging the center of the island with winds up to 256 kilometers…

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September 10, 2017


Eight military personnel die in Cuba plane crash

HAVANA: A plane crash in western Cuba on Saturday killed eight military personnel, the ministry in charge of the island’s armed forces said.

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April 30, 2017


Castro led Cuba with statesmanship, dignity: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has expressed condolence on the sad demise of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. “We have received the sad news of passing away of the former Cuban President, Fidel Castro, with deep sense of grief and sorrow,” a statement by Sartaz Aziz said. “On behalf…

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November 26, 2016


World reacts to death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro

PARIS: The death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro brought praise Saturday from some world leaders who remembered him as a friend and ally, but was greeted with celebrations in Miami. Here are some early reactions to the death of the 90-year-old Cold War icon, whose life was defined by his resistance to the capitalist United States….

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November 26, 2016


Fidel Castro, a revolutionary leader who defied the US

HAVANA: Guerrilla revolutionary and communist idol, Fidel Castro was a holdout against history who turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States. The former Cuban president, who died aged 90 on Friday, said he would never retire from politics. But emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 drove him…

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November 26, 2016


Factbox: Facts about Cuba’s Fidel Castro

HAVANA: The following are some facts about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. * Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades and was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand. He temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. The handover…

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November 26, 2016