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Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, leading political figure, dead at 82

26 Jul 2019

HAVANA Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who came to leverage a rare level of political influence in Cuba for someone outside the Communist Party and played a key role in the island's now-defunct detente with the United States, died on Friday at the age of 82.

Cubans seek to revive little-known tango legacy

21 Jul 2019

(This July 19 story corrects to show academy does not belong to Garcia.)

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

11 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

05 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

29 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

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