Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

December 8, 2014

Cuba urges slashing tariffs on intra-Caribbean trade

EFE — Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday called for revising and updating the trade and cooperation agreement between his country and the Caribbean Community to scrap tariffs on 300 products. “Small and vulnerable” countries need to receive “special treatment on trade access and investments,” he said in an address… read more »

December 5, 2014

Cuban doctor free of Ebola and to be released soon: media

Reuters — A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone will be released from a Geneva hospital soon and return to Cuba after doctors found he was free of the virus, official media reported on Friday. Felix Baez, 43, is one of 256 Cuban doctors and… read more »

December 4, 2014

Panamá invita formalmente a Castro a Cumbre de Las Américas

El Nuevo Herald — El gobierno panameño invitó oficialmente el jueves al gobernante, Raúl Castro, a la Cumbre de Las Américas que tendrá lugar en el país centroamericano el 10 y 11 de abril, informó la cancillería panameña. Cuba figura entre los países en recibir las primeras invitaciones cursadas por… read more »

December 3, 2014

U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban Jail

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — Today is the 5th anniversary of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross’s arrest for espionage in Cuba, and ABC news has learned exclusive details about the 65-year-old’s frail physical condition and his even worse mental situation. Last spring it was reported that Gross… read more »

December 1, 2014

Obama dealt major setback in closing Guantanamo

Donna Cassata, The Associated Press — President Barack Obama’s 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward shuttering the facility. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told reporters… read more »

December 1, 2014

Cuba tightens oversight of property transactions

EFE –Cuba’s government has enacted new regulations for the sale, purchase and gifting of homes to prevent attempts at tax evasion, Communist Party daily Granma said Monday. The new rules for property transactions were approved last Friday’s Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Raul Castro. The rules provide for “a new… read more »

November 30, 2014

Farc rebels free Colombian army general in boost for Cuba peace talks

The Guardian — Colombia’s largest rebel group has freed an army general and two others whose capture led President Juan Manuel Santos to break off peace talks. Santos said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday that General Rubén Alzate and two others taken captive by the Revolutionary Armed… read more »

November 28, 2014

Cuban doctor with Ebola ‘improving’ in Geneva hospital

Reuters — The Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone is improving with each day and eating normally, though he is still weak, a Swiss hospital said on Friday. Felix Baez, 43, arrived at University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) a week ago for treatment of the… read more »

November 24, 2014

Cuba to stage ‘Rent’ – first Broadway musical in more than 50 years

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Cuba will stage its first Broadway musical in more than 50 years when “Rent” starts a three-month run on Dec. 24, producers said on Monday. The Nederlander entertainment group finally succeeded after trying for several years to produce a Broadway musical in Cuba, a spokesman for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment… read more »

November 23, 2014

Spain to relay “very concrete messages” from U.S. to Cuba, daily reports

EFE – Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will travel from Bogota to Havana on Sunday bearing “very concrete messages” for the Cuban government from the U.S. administration, the daily El Pais reported. In its Sunday edition, the Spanish newspaper, citing diplomatic sources, emphasized the “very fluid communication” between Garcia-Margallo and… read more »