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Cuba takes first step in railways upgrade with Chinese, Russian help

14 Jul 2019

HAVANA Cuba's first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden journey across the island on Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China.

Cuba sees tourism dropping 8.5% due to Trump travel restrictions

12 Jul 2019

HAVANA Tourism to Cuba will likely drop 8.5% this year in the wake of tighter U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island, the government said on Thursday, and the decline in arrivals will further hurt Cuba's already ailing centrally planned economy.

Fugitive U.S. tech guru: Cryptocurrency is next Cuban revolution

06 Jul 2019

HAVANA On the run from U.S. tax authorities, tech guru John McAfee puffs a cigar aboard his towering white yacht in a Havana harbor and says he can help Cuba evade the U.S. government too - by launching a cryptocurrency that defeats a U.S. trade embargo.

Cuba studying cryptocurrency as part of economic crisis measures

03 Jul 2019

HAVANA Cuba's Communist government said on Tuesday it was studying the potential use of cryptocurrency as part of a series of measures to boost its economy amid a deepening crisis exacerbated by U.S. sanctions.

Cuba legalizes independent movie-making

30 Jun 2019

HAVANA Cuba's Communist government on Thursday issued a decree legalizing the country's independent movie industry in a move that should facilitate production, although critics said it fails to resolve issues of censorship and distribution. | Video

Cuba's first 'sex shop' tackles taboos, fuels legalization calls

26 Jun 2019

HAVANA An exhibit-cum-pop-up store of handcrafted dildos in Havana is throwing new light on sexual taboos in Cuba stemming from its macho culture and decades of isolation, and has re-ignited calls for the country to allow the sales of sex toys. | Video

Venezuela Socialist Party deputy meets Castro in show of unity on Cuba trip

08 Jun 2019

HAVANA Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello met with Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro on Friday in Havana in a show of unity as the United States steps up pressure on the governments of the allied nations.

Cuba's private-sector workers say Trump's travel curbs will hurt them too

06 Jun 2019

HAVANA Lazaro Hernandez, who has made a good living showing U.S. cruise ship passengers around Havana in his pink 1950s Chevrolet, says the new U.S. ban on cruises to Cuba will wipe out 90% of his business overnight.

Cuba's private-sector workers say Trump's travel curbs will hurt them too

06 Jun 2019

HAVANA Lazaro Hernandez, who has made a good living showing U.S. cruise ship passengers around Havana in his pink 1950s Chevrolet, says the new U.S. ban on cruises to Cuba will wipe out 90% of his business overnight.

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U.S. House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto

The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto.