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FLORIDA – Charter plane travelling from Cuba to Florida ends up in a river

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Federal investigators have taken possession of the flight data recorder from the chartered jet that ran off a military base runway and into the St Johns River in north Florida. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted a photo of an investigator holding the orange recorder that was recovered Saturday from the Boeing […]

Cuba mourns

HAVANA – Thousands of Cubans are paying their respects to the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90. Long queues snaked around Revolution Square in the capital Havana, where mourners filed past a picture of the late leader holding a rifle. It is the first public […]

Fidel Castro dies at 90

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90. His younger brother and successor as President Raul Castro announced the news on state television. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots. His supporters […]

TripAdvisor gets green light to book Cuba travel

HAVANA – It just got even easier to plan a trip to Cuba. TripAdvisor can now allow Americans to book travel-related services in Cuba. While travellers were already able to book a flight directly through JetBlue, for example, or arrange a short-term rental with Airbnb, TripAdvisor is one of the first companies with an expansive […]

Damage not so great in Cuba

Category 4 winds lashed the communities of Imías, Maisí and Baracoa in the easternmost province of Guantánamo, Cuba last night. During the height of the storm, journalists from radio station La Voz del Sol in Baracoa and television station PrimadaVision posted continuously on Facebook. “The walls of the station have been shaking and it just felt like something was falling. […]

Bajan students in Cuba ‘frightened’ for storm

Barbadians studying in Cuba are receiving regular updates and are following the directives of Cuba’s Civil Defense authorities to assure their safety during the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Chargé d’Affaires at Barbados’ Embassy in Cuba Donna Forde reported today that a total of 17 Barbadian students were currently studying in Cuba, including eight in the […]

Cuba gets ready for Matthew

HAVANA – The Cuban government has taken measures to prepare for the impact of Matthew in its eastern regions which will feel the impact of the Category 4 hurricane. Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday to oversee the measures being taken in the six provinces where […]

Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba brace for powerful Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful cyclone to form over the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007, churned across the Caribbean on Saturday on a path expected to put it over Jamaica and Haiti on Monday. Matthew, with winds at about 150 miles per hour (240 kph), could make landfall as a major storm on Jamaica’s […]

CUBA – Japan PM meets with Castros

HAVANA – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met behind closed doors with Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother Fidel Castro amid growing tensions in Asia with North Korea. Abe did not specify what kind of role Cuba might play in the regional crisis. The prime minister wrapped his visit to the island with […]

CUBA – US company managing Havana hotel for first time in 50 years

HAVANA –– For the first time in over half a century, an American company is managing a Havana hotel. The Fifth Avenue Hotel,  located in the Havana neighbourhood of Miramar and renamed Four Points by Sheraton, came under the management of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide last week, according to a report on Starwood’s website. […]

Cuba readies for Obama visit

Fluttering US flags, fixed-up roads and fresh paint on colonial buildings convey the optimism in Havana ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit this weekend, but rising inequality sours the mood for some of the city’s poor. The White House says the first such trip by a US president since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution […]

Beware the US threat

There is a danger that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations who stuck with Cuba throughout the Cold War period and onwards may be swept out of that Caribbean island’s market in this era of normalisation of relations with the United States. That view emerged from a panel discussion marking the 43rd anniversary of CARICOM/Cuba diplomatic relations […]

Pope Francis celebrates mass in Cuba

Havana – Pope Francis is celebrating Mass in front of tens of thousands of people in the Cuban capital Havana, on his first visit to the Communist-ruled island. President Raul Castro, a non-Catholic, is attending the event in the city’s iconic Revolution Square. The Pope may also meet the leader’s brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro. […]

CUBA – Over 3,500 to be pardoned for Pope’s visit

HAVANA –– Cuba will free 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis’ visit next week to the Caribbean island, the Cuban government announced today. “It’s a humanitarian gesture; we have received many letters,” Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino told CNN in an interview. The Catholic Church in Cuba gathered requests from prisoners’ families and submitted them […]

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