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  • HAVANA, Sept 24- Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban state media reported. China is Cuba's second largest trading partner after Venezuela. Cuba has become a hot...

  • HAVANA, Sept 23- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. "This visit has turned a new page in 400 years of Japan- Cuba friendship," Abe said. "Cuba is an extremely...

  • HAVANA, Sept 23- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his visit to Communist-ruled Cuba, the first ever by a Japanese leader, had turned a new page in bilateral relations and the two countries would now deepen their economic relationship. "This visit has turned a new page in 400 years of Japan- Cuba friendship," Abe said. "Cuba is an extremely...

  • HAVANA, Sept 16- A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island's half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. President Raul Castro's government blocks internet access to dissident media, such as the country's most famous blogger Yoani Sanchez, as well as stridently...

  • HAVANA, Sept 16- A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island's half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. President Raul Castro's government blocks internet access to dissident media, such as the country's most famous blogger Yoani Sanchez, as well as stridently...

  • HOLGUIN/SANTA CLARA, Cuba, Sept 9- U.S. visitors and their dollars are flooding into Havana as airlines and hotels take advantage of the thaw in relations between the Cold War antagonists, but in the provinces outside the Cuban capital, the promised tourism boom is more rumor than fact. The numbers of U.S. travelers to Cuba are growing, but from a low level compared to...

  • SANTA CLARA, Cuba, Aug 31- The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than half a century landed on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to improve ties and increase trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. While opening travel to cities like Santa Clara is seen as a foot in the...

  • SANTA CLARA, Cuba, Aug 31- The first scheduled commercial passenger flight from the United States to Cuba in more than half a century landed on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to improve ties and increase trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. Cuba and the United States began normalizing relations in December...

  • TOKYO, Aug 18- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Cuba next month to strengthen ties and promote Japanese investments there, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, but the foreign ministry said no such plan was being made. The trip, if confirmed, will coincide with Abe's planned attendance at the United Nations General Assembly meeting...

  • HAVANA, Aug 16- Cuba on Tuesday published policy guidelines for the next five years that signal no new domestic initiatives although it upgraded foreign investment to "fundamental in certain sectors." "The struggle between hard-liners and the bureaucrats opposed to meaningful reform, and liberals who see the need for a swift streamlining of the economy and...

  • Former Cuban President Fidel Castro and President of Cuba's University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo look at a newspaper during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate.  The pictures of Castro with Perdomo were taken on January 23, 2015 according to Perdomo's account.

    Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their tributes to mark his 90th birthday, and the iconic leftist revolutionary also lambasted his old foe, the U.S.

  • HAVANA, July 21- Cash-strapped Cuba signed two deals on Thursday with Saudi Arabia for long-term credits worth around $80 million in total to import goods from the Gulf kingdom and invest in infrastructure. "This is the fourth and fifth accord we have signed since we started working together with the Saudi Fund in 2010," Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca...

  • HAVANA, July 14- The director of Oxfam broke the global aid agency's longtime silence on the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, urging the American Congress to lift it "sooner rather than later" given the island's mounting economic woes. Winnie Byanyima said in an interview in Havana that Oxfam was set to formally campaign against the embargo as part of its broader...

  • The Soviet-era refinery, a joint-venture with Venezuela, is currently running at its minimum output capacity of 50,000 bpd, said Luis Morillo, the general manager of PDVSA's Cuba division. His comments come days after Cuban President Raul Castro acknowledged that oil imports from Venezuela had fallen this year, creating further problems for the...

  • HAVANA, July 11- Cuba has opened a shop in Havana that could eventually operate as the Communist-ruled island's first wholesale store for the fledgling private sector, offering products in bulk at lower prices than in expensive retail outlets. They said the plan was for Zona+ to sell everything in bulk at a discount, catering in particular to the small businesses...

  • HAVANA, July 8- President Raul Castro told Cubans on Friday to brace for tough times because the Communist-run country must cut spending and energy supply as it deals with a cash crunch and reduced oil imports from ally Venezuela. Cuban economic growth slowed to 1 percent in the first half of this year from 4.7 percent in the same period of 2015, Castro told the...

  • BOGOTA/ HAVANA, June 22- Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The accord will be signed on Thursday in Havana by President Juan Manuel Santos and...

  • BOGOTA/ HAVANA, June 22- Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had reached agreement on a definitive ceasefire that would end hostilities in the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The accord will be signed on Thursday in Havana by President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, June 20- Nestle SA's Nespresso says it will become the first company to sell Cuban coffee in the United States in more than 50 years, as relations between the Cold War adversaries smooth. Nespresso USA secured necessary licensing from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to ship single-use brewer pods containing the Cuban coffee from Europe...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, June 20- Nestle SA's Nespresso says it will become the first company to import coffee from Cuba to the United States in more than 50 years amid smoothing trade relations between the Cold War adversaries. Initially available in limited quantities, Cafecito de Cuba aims to deliver on Nespresso's mission to deliver "exclusive, unique coffee...