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Cuba's Castro blasts United States on 60th anniversary of revolution

02 Jan 2019

HAVANA On the 60th anniversary of Cuba's revolution, ruling Communist Party leader Raul Castro blasted the Trump administration for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation and of intervening in Latin America.

Cuban lawmakers approve new constitution which heads to referendum

23 Dec 2018

HAVANA Cuban lawmakers on Saturday unanimously approved a revised draft of a new constitution that retains the island's one-party socialist system but reflects its socio-economic opening since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Cuban parliament green lights new constitution, heads to referendum

22 Dec 2018

HAVANA, Dec 22 Cuban lawmakers on Saturday unanimously approved a revised draft of a new constitution that retains the island's one-party socialist system but reflects its socio-economic opening since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Cuban deal with MLB allows players to sign without defecting

20 Dec 2018

NEW YORK/HAVANA Major League Baseball has reached an historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation allowing Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect, seeking to end the practice of Cuban stars being smuggled off the island on speedboats. | Video

UPDATE 4-Cuban deal with MLB allows players to sign without defecting

20 Dec 2018

NEW YORK/HAVANA, Dec 19 Major League Baseball has reached an historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation allowing Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect, seeking to end the practice of Cuban stars being smuggled off the island on speedboats.

Cuba panel closes door on gay marriage constitutional amendment

19 Dec 2018

HAVANA The commission in charge of writing Communist-run Cuba's new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether after originally amending it to open the doorway to same-sex unions.

Cuba's president, steeped in era of hours-long lectures, turns to Twitter

19 Dec 2018

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his office would shortly launch a new website, Twitter account and Youtube channel as part of his bid to harness the digital era to better communicate government policy to an ever-more connected people.

Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy

14 Dec 2018

HAVANA Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in own biopic

12 Dec 2018

HAVANA For Carlos Acosta, the son of a black truck driver in Communist-run Cuba, overcoming poverty, prejudice and politics to become a global ballet legend, write a best-selling memoir and create his own dance company was not enough.

Cuba defends controversial arts decree but seeks consensus on norms

08 Dec 2018

HAVANA Cuba's Communist government defended on Friday a controversial new decree tightening control on the cultural sector but said it would seek artists' backing for how it will be implemented, a move those who had protested against the decree hailed as a victory.

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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.