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Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

Jan. 17, 2019 2:38 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island. A 1996 law known as the...

Trump's Cuba policy hurts private sector, new figures say

Jan. 15, 2019 8:41 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — President Donald Trump's Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island's private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to new government figures. Trump announced in June 2017 that he was tightening limits on U.S. travel to...

Ex-Cuban vice president, Bay of Pigs commander, dies at 95

Jan. 6, 2019 7:11 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died on Sunday, state media reported. He was 95. Tall and spindly with the rigid posture of a military man, Fernandez in his final...

Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

Dec. 22, 2018 6:50 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February. The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of...

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Dec. 18, 2018 7:34 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman,...

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

Dec. 12, 2018 1:17 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression. The partial rollbacks announced last week may provide important clues to the governing style of President Miguel...

Cuba modifies some regulations unpopular with private sector

Dec. 5, 2018 11:44 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's government has modified a series of measures unpopular with the country's private sector, including lifting restrictions on the number of business permits a person can have and the number of chairs there can be in restaurants, a top official said Wednesday. In July, authorities...

Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones

Dec. 4, 2018 9:44 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday night that its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week, becoming one of the last nations to offer such service. Mayra Arevich, president of the Cuban state telecom monopoly ETECSA, went on national television to say Cubans can...

Canada weighing all options with Cuban embassy in Havana

Nov. 29, 2018 1:19 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is considering all options regarding its embassy in Cuba after another diplomat was found to have fallen mysteriously ill. A senior Canadian government official said Thursday that the latest diplomat affected first reported symptoms in the early part of the summer. Testing then...

Cuban doctors start to leave Brazil

Nov. 22, 2018 6:38 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A first batch of departing Cuban doctors is leaving Brazil as the countries wind down a program that sent more than 8,000 Cuban doctors to parts of Brazil where medical services are scarce. Cuba is recalling the doctors rather than meet conditions imposed by Brazilian...