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Cuban constitutional reform spawns unusual public debate

Oct. 11, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba's constitution has spawned a highly unusual debate on the island's political system and values. At a half-dozen public forums attended by Associated Press journalists this month,...

American Airlines seeks to end flight from Charlotte to Cuba

Oct. 2, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — American Airlines wants to move its flight to Havana from Charlotte, North Carolina, to its main Latin American hub at Miami International Airport. Citing an airline statement, The Charlotte Observer reports the change, if approved, would allow the airline to offer six daily flights...

Rockers Blondie to play Cuba on four-day cultural exchange

Sep. 24, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

Blondie will be playing two nights in Cuba next March as part of a four-day cultural exchange program, and fans can come along. The iconic rock group announced Monday that they will play two concerts during their March 14-18 visit in Havana, which will also feature Cuban musicians Alain Perez, David Torrens and...

No progress as US, Cuba meet on mysterious 'health attacks'

Sep. 13, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba said Thursday the United States is continuing to withhold important information that could help in the investigation into mysterious incidents that have injured some two dozen Havana-based American diplomats, including some with brain damage, since late 2016. After meeting with U.S....

The Latest: Cuba says US withholds info on diplomat attacks

Sep. 13, 2018 11:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a meeting between U.S. officials and Cuban officials about mystery incidents in Havana that have injured American diplomats. (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Cuba said Thursday the United States is continuing to withhold important information that could help in the...

Women seek bartending jobs in Cuba as tourism industry grows

Sep. 13, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — For years, Barbara Betancourt has left her two teenage daughters at home and put on black pants and a white shirt to go to the bar. Elegant and charismatic, she is the face of an increasingly visible phenomenon in Cuba: the rise in female bartenders who break convention to benefit from the...

Cuba gives scholarships to Colombians, including ex-rebels

Sep. 4, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As a medic for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Jhony Guependo saved a comrade who stepped on a land mine from bleeding to death. He also stitched up guerrilla fighters who had injured themselves with machetes while building camps deep in Colombia's rainforest. But...

Cubans getting early taste of mobile internet in system test

Aug. 22, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — One of the world's least-wired countries was a little more connected on Wednesday. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched the second, and most extensive, of two test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed...