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Havana stirs to life without tourists and amid scarcity

03 Jul 2020

HAVANA The Cuban capital stirred to life on Friday after more than three months of lockdown but there were no signs of tourists on Havana's quiet streets while residents fretted over shortages of food and other basic goods.

Wealthy nations offer Cuba one-year moratorium on debt

19 Jun 2020

HAVANA Wealthy nations grouped together within the Paris Club of creditors have offered Cuba a one-year moratorium on payment of debt that has been in default for more than three decades, according to two diplomats with knowledge of the negotiations.

Cuba cancels economic fair as imports plummet

12 Jun 2020

HAVANA Cash-strapped Cuba has canceled its annual international trade and investment fair slated for November due to the pandemic, state-run media reported on Friday, even as fallout from the novel coronavirus hammers revenues and imports.

On Raul Castro's birthday, U.S. threatens Cuba remittances

04 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON/HAVANA The Trump administration expanded on Wednesday its list of Cuban entities that Americans are banned from doing business with to include the financial corporation that handles U.S. remittances to the Communist-run country.

Online shopping highlights Cuba's inequality in time of coronavirus

27 May 2020

HAVANA The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting growth in inequality in Communist Cuba as worsening shortages force most citizens to spend hours in line to purchase basic goods while the better-off are shopping online.

Cuba doubles down on testing as coronavirus cases decline

12 May 2020

HAVANA Cuba began mass testing for the new coronavirus this week even as it appeared to have contained infections, and residents struggled to move around amid a partial shutdown in search of scarce basic goods.

Cuban sugar harvest goes into overtime amid pandemic

05 May 2020

HAVANA Some 40 Cuban sugar mills remain open out of season despite a partial lockdown of the country, in a last-ditch effort to add foreign exchange to the government's all-but-empty coffers.

Empty resorts spell long crisis for Caribbean as coronavirus hits

20 Apr 2020

VARADERO, Cuba/KINGSTON No one is swimming in the turquoise Caribbean waters of Cuba's Varadero beach resort, nor lounging on its white, palm-fringed beaches. Its hundreds of hotels, shops and restaurants stand empty and eerily quiet.

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