Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

October 8, 2014

5 Dead in Venezuela After Tense Police Standoff

AP — President Nicolas Maduro called Wednesday for an investigation into a confusing shootout with police that left a well-connected government supporter and four others dead. Police before dawn Tuesday raided a high-rise building occupied by presumed members of armed pro-government groups known as “collectives,” leading to a tense, eight-hour… read more »

October 7, 2014

Exclusive: BNP asks other banks for help as dollar clearing ban nears

Karen Freifeld, Dmitry Zhdannikov, and Ron Bousso, Reuters – BNP Paribas has asked at least three banks to help it clear certain energy transactions in U.S. dollars next year to make sure it can keep its energy trade finance division operating after a ban imposed for violating U.S. sanctions, sources said. The French… read more »

October 7, 2014

Mexico and Cuba to Expand Commercial Bonds

Cuban News Agency – Mexico will increase quotas to import Cuban rum and cigars, as part of a renegotiation of the Economic Complementary Agreement (ACE 51) between the two countries. According to The Economist, the island will export one million 350,000 liters of rum to the Mexican market every year, as… read more »

October 6, 2014

International Workshop of Renewable Energy Kicks Off in Cuba

teleSUR – Scientists from more than 10 countries are attending a workshop about renewable energies in Cuba, which started Monday and will end on Tuesday.  The workshop will focus on biomass gasification in Cuba using forestal residue to create electrical energy in the Youth’s Island, and after the two days meeting,… read more »

October 5, 2014

Canadian company lays out defense case for its jailed CEO

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Defense lawyers for a Canadian executive sentenced to 15 years prison in Cuba on bribery and other charges released a raft of documents on Sunday seeking to bolster their case that Cy Tokmakjian was denied a fair trial. Tokmakjian’s transportation company said crucial evidence prepared by the defense… read more »

October 5, 2014

Cuban doctors flee foreign missions to Florida

Sun Sentinel — Hundreds of Cuban doctors and nurses are fleeing to Florida this year, a growing stream of professional refugees who struggle to learn English and take whatever jobs they can find. Enticed by U.S. officials, their numbers have expanded dramatically in recent months, mostly because of deteriorating conditions in… read more »

October 4, 2014

Fidel Castro praises doctors fighting Ebola as Cuba sends more medics to West Africa

The Associated Press – Former President Fidel Castro praised the Cuban doctors and nurses who traveled to Sierra Leone to combat the epidemic of Ebola and invited doctors from countries with more resources to join this effort.  A group of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses traveled to Sierra Leone on Wednesday,… read more »

October 1, 2014

U.S. parents who ferried children to Cuba agree to jail time

Letitia Stein, Reuters — A U.S. couple face a decade or longer in jail after pleading guilty this week to kidnapping their two young sons in Florida last year, then fleeing by sailboat to Cuba with the family dog. In a deal that spared them additional federal or state charges, Sharyn and… read more »

October 1, 2014

Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba

Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press — U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island’s deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday. In several White House meetings, Kissinger advocated for… read more »

October 1, 2014

Cuba Says It’s Likely to Increase Money Supply

The Associated Press – The planned elimination of Cuba’s unusual dual-currency system will likely mean printing more of the single currency that remains, the country’s central bank chief said in a report published Wednesday. Elimination of the double currency was announced last year, although no date has been set for the… read more »