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In rare campaign for Cuba, churches advocate against gay marriage

16 Oct 2018

HAVANA Cuban evangelical churches are collecting signatures to petition against a proposed constitutional amendment that would open the door to gay marriage, as part of an unusually strong nongovernmental political campaign for the Communist-run island.

In Cuba, street vendors sing to sell, from salsa to reggaeton

13 Sep 2018

HAVANA Cuba's street vendors are bringing back the pregon, the art of singing humorous, rhyming ditties with double entendres about the goods they are selling, with some modernizing the tradition by setting their tunes to reggaeton. | Video

Cuba's president changes style not substance in first 100 days

27 Jul 2018

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has engaged in a nonstop series of public appearances during his first 100 days in office, stopping everywhere across the island nation in an apparent bid to consolidate his leadership position. But the Castro dynasty is still calling practically all the shots.

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution

22 Jul 2018

HAVANA A draft of Cuba's new constitution omits the aim of building communism, recognizes private property and opens the door to gay marriage, in a sign of changing times, although it keeps the Communist Party as the guiding force of the one-party system.

Cuba's draft constitution opens path to gay marriage

21 Jul 2018

HAVANA The draft of Cuba's new constitution opens the path to same-sex marriage, a government official said on Saturday, which would make the country that once persecuted homosexuals an unlikely leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Commission probing Cuba plane crash rejects speculation about cause

17 Jul 2018

HAVANA/MEXICO CITY The Cuban-led commission investigating the crash of a Cubana passenger jet in May said on Tuesday that reports on what caused it were premature, after the Mexican plane-leasing company Damojh that owned the plane blamed the crash on human error.

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

17 Jul 2018

HAVANA Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step towards opening one of the Western Hemisphere's least connected countries. | Video

Cuba imposes tighter controls on nascent private sector

10 Jul 2018

HAVANA The Cuban government issued new controls on the island's private sector on Tuesday, including restricting business licenses to one per person, reflecting its concern that market reforms have fueled wealth inequality, tax evasion and the black market.

Woes deepen at Cuba's flagship airline

04 Jul 2018

HAVANA In the busy summer travel period in Cuba, a long line of people wait for hours in the sweltering heat outside the Havana office of state-owned airline Cubana, many of them eager to visit families in the provinces.

Cuban environmentalist 'prisoner of conscience' says free on parole

03 Jul 2018

HAVANA The Cuban environmentalist activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola who was on a hunger strike to protest his sentencing to a year in jail for contempt of authorities said on Tuesday that he had been freed on parole after an unusually broad campaign for his release.

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