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One Expat’s story in Cuba, how life can go wrong very fast

theguardian.com/Stephen Gibbs / Speaking to me from Myanmar (more about that later) Purvis recalls his early Havana years. “It felt like another era,” he says. “No internet. No TV. No shopping.” The family adapted well to their new life. Home was a handsome 1950s villa, soon full with their four children. Saturdays would be spent by the pool at the beach club. The son of a theatrical designer, Purvis also dabbled in theatre himself, producing the Cuban dance show Havana Rakatan, which performed successfully for several years in London. No one, of course, imagined that those halcyon days would end so abruptly, with Purvis imprisoned in what he describes as a “zoo” for enemies of the state. But that is how it turned out. The title of his powerful memoir, Close but No Cigar, is his own admission of just how badly life can go wrong.

I last saw Purvis in Havana in 2011, a few weeks before his arrest, at a New Year’s Eve party (I had been the BBC’s correspondent in Cuba between 2002 and 2007). The arrival of the New Year is a big deal in Cuba, partly because it coincides with the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Two of President Raúl Castro’s daughters were at the event. Read Article

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Ecuador: Group of Cuban Doctors ask for end of xenophobia and end to medical missions

martinoticias.commartinoticias.com / In an open letter to the opposition presidential candidates, the Cuban X Movement candidates called for the closure of the agreements signed by the current president Rafael Correa and Raúl Castro. The X-Movement Cuba (MXC), which groups health professionals born on the island and based in Ecuador, asked candidates opposed to the government […]

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Cuba: Canadian tourist jailed for flying drone, released

thestar.com reported as Chris Hughes lay in the dark two-by-two-metre cell, with no electricity, a small hole in the wall for a window and just a hole in the ground for a toilet, he wondered if his wife Grace and three young children knew he was still alive. “Nobody knew I was there,” he said. […]

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Flights to begin from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba

MIAMIHERALD.COM REPORTED As a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara glides skyward to a water canon salute Wednesday, it will become the first regularly scheduled flight between the United States and Cuba since 1961. Silver Airways is preparing to launch a much smaller commercial service to Santa Clara from Fort Lauderdale Thursday with […]

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Cuba: Nicholas Maduro President of Venezuela in Cuba with wife for Castro’s birthday

radioangulo.cu reported the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba Friday night to participate in the activities to mark the 90th birthday of Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro. President Maduro is expected to attend a couple of cultural galas to pay homage to Fidel, along member of his delegation. This new visit by Maduro is […]

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Ecuador Deports asylum seekers without due process per Human Rights Watch

HRW.ORG reported Ecuador has the largest number of refugees in the region. The expulsion without due process of dozens of Cubans during the last few days shows the enormous risk that asylum seekers face when government authorities have impunity to ignore their obligations under international refugee law. Detained Cubans in a cell at Quito’s court […]

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Ecuador: Cubans Detained May Be Deported

telesurtv.net reported a group of Cubans want Mexico or Ecuador to pay for their trip to the United States, where they intend to apply for residence. The government of Ecuador confirmed Thursday the detention of 63 Cuban citizens who were occupying a park in the capital of Quito, those arrested could be subject to deportation […]

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Emotional Moments when Cuban Migrants Reach Shore of Florida Keys, U.S. (Video)

A video posted on YouTube shows the moment when the rustic boat with 21 Cuban migrants reached shore. A group of Cuban boat people filmed their arrival at the coast of Florida last Friday, April 1, and published Monday recording on YouTube. Published by user Raydel Moreno, the video shows the moment when the rustic […]

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2700 cubans headed to U.S. through Mexico from Costa Rica since January 2016

EFE/nacion.com reported two more groups of Cubans arrived on Friday to Mexico from Costa Rica, bringing the number of migrants who have used this route since January, to reach the United States now exceeds 2,700 people. In Costa Rica, they would be about 2,200 of the nearly 8,000 that accumulated at the end of last […]

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U.S. Eases Trade, Travel Restrictions to Cuba

Rueters.com reported the United States on Tuesday announced changes to its sanctions on Cuba, lifting export payment and financing restrictions and facilitating airline travel in Washington’s latest move to ease the U.S. embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The amendments, which take effect on Wednesday, “will remove restrictions on payment and financing terms for authorized exports […]

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Stranded Cubans in Costa Rica to be granted pemission to continue to U.S.

bbc.com reported Central American nations have reached an agreement to allow several thousand Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica for over a month to continue their journey towards the United States. The migrants will be airlifted to El Salvador and put on buses, which will take them to the US. American legislation gives Cuban migrants […]

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Cuba: New restrictions on doctors leaving the country

reuters.com reported Cuba on Tuesday re-imposed limits on doctors leaving the country, saying its universal and free healthcare services have been “seriously affected” by the flight of vital medical specialists. In a rare backtrack by Cuba on modernizing reforms of recent years, the Communist government said it would reapply restrictions that had been lifted in […]

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Ecuador to require visas from Cubans, attempt to flow migration to U.S.

latimes.com reported Ecuador announced Thursday that it will begin requiring Cubans to get entry visas beginning Tuesday, seeking to discourage the flow of migrants. Deputy Foreign Minister Xavier Lasso said Ecuador wants to curb the flow of migrants who have been using Ecuador as a transit country to reach other nations without permission. He said […]

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Cubans use easy entrance to Ecuador in route to the U.S.

QUITO, Ecuador— For many Cubans, the road to “freedom” starts high in the Andes mountains, 1,600 miles south of their island. Ecuador is one of just two countries on the American mainland that doesn’t ask Cubans for a visa upon arrival. And there are regular flights connecting Quito to Havana, which makes it about the […]

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Cuba: Common Scams Played Against Tourists

news.com.au/Erin Van Der Meer reported on common scams used on tourists visiting Cuba. 1. THE MILK POWDER SCAM The scammer will approach a tourist and ask them to buy a bag of milk powder for them from a nearby store. After the tourist has paid for it and left, the local and the store owner […]

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Cuba: Rekindling of faith for Jews

mcclatchydc.com reported…At the time of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, there were 15,000 Jews on the island and five synagogues in Havana, but the community dwindled after thousands left in the 1960s and death claimed many of the older Jews who stayed. The Cuban government has always allowed Jews to practice their religion, but for decades, […]

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Cuba to increase access to the internet

nytimes.com reported Cuba, one of the Western Hemisphere’s least-wired countries, is poised to expand access to the Internet by introducing about three dozen Wi-Fi hot spots around the island and reducing the steep fees that Cubans pay to spend time online. The move, announced in Juventud Rebelde, an official newspaper aimed at the island’s youth, […]

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Cuba: Plans to transform port in Mariel

laht.com reported Cuba is aiming to transform the northwestern port of Mariel, currently being expanded with Brazilian financing, into a regional trading hub, official media said. The containers terminal being built at Mariel, 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Havana, will be an important entry and departure point for merchandise and the heart of the […]

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U.S.: Two Cuban Nationals detained, deported to Ecuador for human trafficking

reported that two Cuban nationals detained crossing the border from Mexico have been deported to Ecuador. They are wanted for smuggling women from Cuba and forcing them to work as prostitutes to pay off debts. They had tried to enter the U.S. through Laredo, Texas. Read Article

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Venezuela: Cuban Doctors fleeing to U.S. under little known visa parole program

Venezuela’s brewing economic troubles and high crime rates have been prompting Venezuelans — particularly young professionals — to emigrate by the thousands in recent months. But Cuban doctors stationed there are also getting in on the exodus: The number of Cuban medical professionals defecting from their posts in Venezuela has ballooned over the past year, […]

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President of Turkey vows to construct Mosque in Cuba

todayszaman.com reported …. Despite a lack of historical evidence for such a building, Erdoğan went on to say: “Now I will talk with my brother from Cuba [the representative at the summit]. A mosque would be fitting on top of that mountain today as well. Their permission is sufficient [for Turkey to build a mosque […]

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Cuba: U.S. officials attend Ebola conference on island

bbc.com reported two health officials from the United States have joined other experts at an Ebola conference in Cuba, in the latest sign of cooperation between the long-standing adversaries. The meeting looks at ways to prevent the spread of Ebola in the Americas. It was organised by Alba, a leftist bloc founded by Cuba and […]

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Latin America: Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua lead in narrowing gender gap

telesurtv.net reported in the Latin America and Caribbean region, every country in the region has succeeded in narrowing their overall gender gap. Three countries from the Latin American and Caribbean region — Cuba, Nicaragua and Cuba — are in the world’s top ten regarding women’s parliamentary representation. The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, released Monday, […]

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Cuba: Syphilis, Malaria cases increase

Syphilis and malaria increase in Cuba martinoticias.com reported so far of the year has been reported on the island a total of 4.5 million people with respiratory acute infections (IRA), as well as 3,048 cases of syphilis, 3,067 from viral Meningitis and 134 of Leptospirosis. En the first week of October were detected in Cuba […]

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Havana Cuba: Short Supply of Violins

pinerivertimes.com/AP reported In a light-filled workshop cluttered with tools and pieces of old string instruments, three men carve strips of imported wood and silently measure the angles of violin pegs and viola necks bent out of tune by years of use. Here in the heart of old Havana, Andres Martinez and his two apprentices wage […]

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Cuban Migrants Stranded Survive by drinking urine, others perish at sea

theguardian.com reported Cuban migrants stranded in homemade boat drank blood and urine to survive Only 15 of the 32 passengers on board survived three weeks adrift in Caribbean before being picked up by Mexican fishermen. A group of Cuban migrants drank their own blood and urine after the engine of their homemade boat failed, leaving […]

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Cuba: Court Sentences Canadian Businessman to 15 years prison, bribery

bbc.com reported a court in Cuba has sentenced the president of a Canadian transport company to 15 years in jail for bribery. Cy Tokmakjian, 74, was detained in Cuba in 2011 as part an anti-corruption operation. He denies the charges. The Tokmakjian Group said the court had seized its assets in Cuba, worth about $100m […]

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Obama’s Cuba Problem

foreignpolicy.com reported Preparations for the 2015 Summit are well underway and once again Cuba’s participation has become the flashpoint. Governments in Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua have already said they will boycott any summit where Cuba is excluded. Panama, the host, has announced its intention to formally invite Cuba, with its president saying that […]

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Cuba targeting U.S. academics as spies per FBI report

freebeacon.com reported Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week. Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually […]

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Ecuador’s Foreign Minister urged U.S. to free remaining three of Cuban Five

plenglish.com reported Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, urged United States authorities today to free the three remaining men who were part of the Cuban Five and who are about to complete 16 years of imprisonment on U.S. soil. “Hopefully at some point there will be understanding by the American authorities, and the the three Cuban […]

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Cuba Initiates New Limits on Personal Imported Items

bbc.com reported Cuba is bringing in new rules limiting personal imports of foreign goods into the country, where locally-made items are scarce and expensive. Some $2bn (£1.2bn) in goods have been flown into Cuba in travellers’ baggage each year since air travel restrictions were lifted in 2009. Many ordinary Cubans say the new rules will […]

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Cuba: U.S. Rabbis Ask Obama to negotiate release of U.S. Jewish Contractor Detained since 2009

bbc.com reported a group of American rabbis have called on President Barack Obama to negotiate the release of a US Jewish contractor detained in Cuba since 2009. Some 300 rabbis sent a letter saying they were concerned about the health of 65-year-old Alan Gross. Mr Gross has served four years of a 15-year term for […]

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U.S. Organization Sent Young Latin Americans to Cuba for clandestine operations

bigstory.ap.org reported… young Latin Americans were sent to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work in clandestine operations. The operatives were directed to recruit Cubans for the purpose of anti-Cuban activism. The cover for the program was under the ruse of civic programs.Read Article

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Four Florida Residents suspected of preparing attacks against Cuba

US diplomats confirmed on Saturday that Cuban officials have given them some information about four Florida residents who were arrested on suspicion of preparing attacks against military installations on the island. The US Interests Section in Havana issued a statement confirming the 8 May meeting with representatives of the Cuban ministry of foreign affairs. It […]

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Five Cubans Detained in Ecuador, false identities attempting to get to U.S.

martinoticias.com reported in Guayaquil, a port city of Ecuador, police arrested five Cubans with passports and false identities, waiting to travel to the United States. The first of them had been captured overnight on Tuesday, in the Guayaquil airport, and their track led to the other four Cubans, who were in a hotel awaiting his […]

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Condom Shortage in Cuba, health officials worried about STD’s, unwanted preganancies

theguardian.com reported …. From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset residents of the Caribbean island nation and alarmed health officials who are worried […]

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Requirements for Cubans wanting to travel to Ecuador reduced

A year after establishing strict regulations applicable to Cubans wishing to travel to Ecuador, Rafael Correa’s government has decided to eliminate the letter of invitation hitherto required of visitors from the island. As of this past Tuesday, Cubans can enter Ecuador without a letter of invitation, a requirement established by the country’s authorities on January […]

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Cuba loosens grip on food production, farmers regain control of land

theguardian.com reported that…As the state loosens its grip on food production, Cuban farmers and independent co-operatives will need support to help solve the country’s agriculture crisis. Last year, Cuba spent over $1.6bn (£1bn) on food imports, an unsustainable amount for an economy that has been struggling since the end of the cold war and the […]

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Cuba: over five thousand people have received stem cell treatment

cadenagramonte.cu reported that Cuba has treated more than five thousand patients with stem cells, figure that places the country in an important position in the region for the use of regenerative medicine, the Cuban journal Granma published today. Doctor Porfirio Hernández, deputy director of the Research Institute of Hematology and Immunology, told Granma that this […]

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Cuba: 2013: number of vehicle accidents up, deaths down

The traffic accidents increased in Cuba, but the number of deceased and injured people was reduced, compared to the year 2012, said Yania Pla, head of the Cuban National Road Safety Commission Thursday. The Cuban official urged to extreme preventive measures, and promote the constant propagation of the National Traffic Safety Code, after the production […]

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U.S. concerned over harrassment of Cuban government critics

Detentions of Activists in Cuba We are deeply concerned about the recent increase in arbitrary detentions, physical violence, and other abusive actions carried out by the Cuban Government against peaceful human and civil rights advocates. This past week saw the detention of Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, also known as “Antunez,” and the reprehensible behavior apparently […]

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A Cuban Gay Right’s Activist refugee’s story in Ecuador, no refugee status

minnpost.com reported…Ecuador is now home to the highest number of refugees in Latin America. But President Rafael Correa subsequently clamped down dramatically on the number of refugees being recognized and began revoking refugee status from some of those who had already received it. Daniela Salazar, a refugee law professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, […]

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Panama to release North Korean sailors for carrying undeclared Cuban arms

globaltimes.cn reported that Panama will release 32 of 35 North Korean sailors detained for carrying undeclared Cuban arms as their ship was about to transit the Panama Canal, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Panamanian authorities seized the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang on July 10 after discovering 25 shipping containers of Cuban military hardware, […]

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Cuban Doctors to arrive in Ecuador, Ecuadorian Medical Federation complains

MEDINDIA.NET reported that as part of a thousand-member medical cohort hired by Ecuador’s government to supplement the local health care system, Cuban doctors will begin arriving in the country in December. Cuba’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the arrangement was signed during a recent visit to Havana by Ecuadoran Health minister Roberto Morales. The […]

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Cancer, severe economic impact on families in Cuba

The meager budgets of Cuban families are put to the test when one of the members is diagnosed with cancer. Although treatment is free of cost, only extended networks of support help alleviate the economic impact of the disease, which is now the number one cause of death. “The most expensive thing is the diet. […]

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Cuba: 135 doctors for 100,000 inhabitants

Plenglish.com reported that Cuba ranks first among countries with the greatest density of healthcare providers, reporting 135 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, followed by the United States with 125, and Canada with 96, according to a 2013 Pan-American Health Organization report. Haiti led the nations below the minimum standard with only 4 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, […]

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Brazil and Peru Police Forces Close 8 Cocaine Laboratories

acritica.uol.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Peruvian police closed eight cocaine-producing laboratories on Peruvian territory. The laboratories were 1 kilometer from the Brazilian border. One seizure involved confiscating 240 kilos of cocaine. In addition, the police seize 5,920 gallons of gasoline on a Peruvian vessel traveling […]

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Rafael Correa from Ecuador to visit Cuba

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, will travel to Cuba on Friday, according to the announcement he made on Monday by way of the Twitter social network. Correa specified that he will visit construction works carried out in eastern Santiago de Cuba province with the cooperation of that South American nation’s group of engineers of […]

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Colon, Panama: Drug Trafficking Tip Leads Authorities to Seize Cuban Missiles Destined for North Korea

From El Pais on July 16, 2013- Last week North Korean ship coming from Cuba was stopped in the Caribbean city of Colon on suspicions of drug trafficking. After two days of inspection, authorities found illegal missiles hidden under a shipment of brown sugar. North Korea is forbidden to participate in the arms trade, aside […]

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Cuba broadens unrestricted internet use

Cuba will begin offering broader Internet access next month through 118 outlets around the country, according to a decree in the government’s Official Gazette on Tuesday, in a step long awaited by many Cubans. Read Article

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Venezuela Tests Missiles with the Help of Cuba

May 22, 2013- El Sol de Margarita reported that the Venezuelan military tested one Otomat MK-2 missile, out of 18, that were acquired more than forty years ago and were restored with the help of Cuba. The missile can carry a payload of approximately 240 kilos. Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro said that the missiles are […]

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Colombia, FARC begin new round of discussions in Cuba

Worldbulletin.net reported that Colombia and the Marxist FARC rebels launched their latest round of peace talks on Tuesday in Havana after a month-long break in a process aimed at ending half a century of bloody conflict in the South American nation. At the end of their last round on March 21, both sides cited progress […]

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Cuban singer detained in Lima en route to Argentina, with fake Ecuador passport, ID

The lead vocalist for the salsa band ‘Rafael Barrera and his Mayimbe’, was arrested at the Jorge Chavez International Airport while attempting to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Ecuadorian fake passport and identity card. In his statement to the police, the singer Manuel Labarrera Rafael Montero (37) told the agents Callao DIVINCRI traveling to […]

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Cuba: Journalist released seven months after reporting on cholera outbreak

ifex.org reported that Reporters Without Borders hails the 9 April 2013 release of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, an independent reporter for the Hablemos Press information centre, after several weeks of mounting calls for his release from Cuban civil society and international organizations. On being freed, Martínez immediately went to Hablemos Press headquarters, where fellow independent […]

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Joshua Hakken located in Cuba, wanted for abducting two children

Huffingtonpost.com reported that A CNN reporter claims to have located and talked to the man wanted for abducting two children and sailing them to Cuba. Reporter Patrick Oppmann says he found suspect Joshua Hakken at a Havana marina and confirmed that he was the father of 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken, who arrived in […]

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Guantanamo, Cuba: Hunger Strike Continues

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Cuba: dissidents report arrests in Havana

infobae.com reported that….. Las Damas de Blanco reported that paramilitary brigades harassed and arrested 56 of its members. They were also arrested dozens of activists. Cuban dissidents reported, on Sunday, while constituted the new People’s National Assembly and Raul Castro was reelected as president until 2018 , was organized a huge nationwide operation to prevent […]

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Yoani Sanchez Received in Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, Addresses Controversies

On February 21, 2013, Em Tempo Real reported that Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez was received this morning at the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, in the federal capital of Brasília.  There she spoke about the hardships she has faced as a result of the policies of the Castro government, while at the same time addressing concerns […]

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Cuba: 273 people sentenced to prison for drug offenses in 2012

Cuba sentenced 273 people with sentences ranging from six to ten years in prison for drug-related offenses in 2012, the year in which they seized the island in 3045 kilos of narcotics, according to official figures released today. Havana. Altogether, over last year in the country were penalized 628 people for offenses or drug offenses, […]

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Cuban Blogger Lands in Brazil, Faces Protests from Pro-Castro Demonstrators

On February 18, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Yoani Sánchez, famous anti-Castro blogger and columnist for the Estado, encountered numerous protest groups upon landing in Salvador da Bahia this morning. Off of the airplane, she encountered pro-Castro forces blocking her path to speak with reporters and the media. Earlier during her stay, […]

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Chavez receiving complex and difficult treaments while in Cuba for cancer

According to Elpais.com………..The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez , is receiving treatment “extremely complex and hard” in Cuba, where he is hospitalized since Dec. 11 was operated on for cancer for the fourth time, reported Wednesday Venezuelan Vice President, Nicolas Maduro. “Our commander is undergoing additional treatments , as we have reported, these treatments are […]

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Cuba continues to confront drug trafficking in the region

A report published today in the newspaper Granma explains that despite increased international threats and the complexity of the phenomenon of drug trafficking in the region, with a decade of implementing operations Breastplate Popular and Aché III, the drug strategy by the government deplegada Cuban shown great effectiveness. As a result of confronting these manifestations, […]

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Cuba: Security measures tighten for Chavez

While the government of Hugo Chavez says Venezuela is recovering in postoperative emerged that the authorities of the Medical Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ) in Havana, where he is hospitalized Venezuelan President reinforced security measures in recent days. The Venezuelan journalist Nelson Bocaranda revealed that they are implementing various control systems to access the room where […]

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FARC delegation residing in palatial estates during negotiations in Cuba

arcoiris.com.co reported ……Today the neighborhood where it is called the Laguito Cubanacán and are 120 houses in total, with between one and six rooms, all fully furnished and with domestic service and limo driver, serving guests what they call houses Protocol which are numbered and have a strict monitoring service, directly linked to the Interior […]

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Paraguay: two Cubans detained at airport, trying to get to U.S. with fake passports

espanol.upi.com reported that two Cuban citizens seeking to travel to the United States with false passports were arrested on Tuesday morning at the airport Silvio Pettirossi, appropriated ABC. Acosta is Katherine Stone and Insiesta Lisandra Rodriguez, who arrived in Paraguay with false passports on January 25 pretending to be Panamanian, said on ABC Color journalist […]

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Cholera outbreak Holguin Cuba: two dead

Two people died in Holguin in eastern Cuba, because of a new cholera outbreak in a suburb of that city. The victims are two women of 42 and 79 who had apparently participated in a quinceanera in New Llano neighborhood known as San Andrés output, said locals. Read Article

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Mayor of Caracas demands medical team travel to Cuba to determine Chavez’s state of health

Peru21.pe reported that Antonio Ledezma also requires the Supreme Court sent a medical team to Havana to determine the real state of health of President plains. Hugo Chavez is “kidnapped” in Cuba , said today during a speech the mayor of Caracas , the opponent Antonio Ledezma . The mayor also called on the Supreme […]

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Havana Cuba: outbreak of cholera

A cholera outbreak that has sickened 51 people so far been detected in Havana, four months after another focus of this evil left three dead in eastern Cuba, said Tuesday the Ministry of Health. This is the first outbreak of cholera Havana suffered for 130 years, but in July 2012 appeared an outbreak of this […]

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Ecuador deports 25 cubans arriving on commercial flight, lacked invitation letter

According to elnuevoherald.com, Ecuador deported 25 Cuban migrants who arrived in Quito on Monday aboard a commercial flight because they did not submit a letter of invitation to joining country, reported Hiroshima Villalba, an official of the Interior Ministry. Foreigners were barred from leaving the Quito airport upon his arrival by an Ecuadorian airline, it […]

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Ecuador requires letter of invitation for Cubans wanting to enter the country

Ecuavisa.com reported that Ecuador’s government announced that from next Monday Cubans who want to enter the country must submit a letter of invitation, after Havana implement immigration reform that will allow most citizens leave the country as alone with his passport. The Ecuadorian or foreign resident in Ecuador to invite must make a sworn statement […]

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Cuba concerned if Chavez dies, economic assistance from Venezuela could end

telegraph.co.uk reported that Venezuela is not the only Latin American nation that is monitoring every moment of president Hugo Chavez’s illness. His ally Cuba has relied on him for economic help, and that could soon come to an end. Away from the constitutional wrangles and impassioned crowds of Caracas, the future of Venezuela after Hugo […]

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Cubans free to travel abroad without restrictions

Cubans can, for the first time in 50 years, traveling abroad without permission from his government on Monday, and now face the usual problems of any traveler or immigrant: the fares and destination countries, United States and Spain mainly granted a visa. Read Article

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Chavez’s older brother makes visit to Cuba to see ailing President

Adan Chavez, brother of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Havana to visit him at the clinic where he remains hospitalized Cimeq since its operation on 11 December. A visit that analysts have interpreted as a final farewell to his younger brother Adam. At the bedside, inseparable from the treatment started, remains his eldest daughter […]

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Cuban television producer released from jail

After 19 days in a Cuban jail, Antonio Rodiles, the Cuba-based independent producer of the Emmy-nominated TV Martí program Estado de SATS, is a free man. Charges of “resisting authority” were dropped after the prominent opposition leader paid a nominal fine on Nov. 26. “(My arrest)has made me feel stronger about the mission for Cuba’s […]

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Cuba: U.S. government requests contractor to be release, deteriorating health

The US government has renewed its call on Cuba to release an American contractor jailed for crimes against the state, fearing the effect of a fourth year in prison on his deteriorating health. Coinciding with the third anniversary of his detention by authorities in the Caribbean island, the State Department released a statement Monday urging […]

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Wife of U.S. citizen in Cuban jail changes tactics in attempt to get him released

Almost three years after her husband was arrested and jailed in Cuba, Judy Gross still talks to Americans who haven’t heard his story. Now she is speaking more openly than in the past, hoping to make her husband’s case as well-known as those of other Americans who won freedom after being jailed overseas. Read Article

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FARC Colombia to hold more discussions December 5, 2012, in Cuba

Another round of talks between the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, and the Colombian government is due to be held in Havana on December 5th. This came in a statement for reporters by the former Vice-President of Colombia Humberto de la Calle. According to him, the talks will be held behind […]

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Lawyer for imprisoned U.S. contractor in Cuba accused Havana of violating privacy of detainee

The lawyer of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, on Wednesday accused Havana of “violating the privacy” of the detainee by publishing your medical history and reiterated its demand for an independent review. “Gross did not authorize the release of medical records and this statement is a violation of your privacy, sad […]

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Venezuela: Chavez returning to Cuba for treatment

The Venezuelan leader said he will be absent from today and will remain in Havana the duration of the therapy schedule. President Hugo Chavez sought permission today to members of his country to allow him to travel to Cuba to continue his treatment. This was announced by the President of the Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, who […]

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Cuba: Cholera spreads to Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and Holguin provinces

The cholera epidemic ravaging Cuba since last June has been extended to the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and Holguin, with dozens of people hospitalized and some municipalities in critical condition, reports from the island independent news agency Press Talk . According to a report by the agency’s director, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, […]

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Cuba elects its first transsexual municipal delegate

They call Adela, but its official name is José Agustín Hernández. Declared transsexual and lives as a woman in a village in central Cuba where he was elected delegate municipal (council), his “greatest victory” against all “repudiation” who claims to have suffered in its 48 years. In the second round of local elections held this […]

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Havana Cuba to host negotiations between FARC and Colombia

Colombian government negotiators have arrived in Havana for peace talks with leftist FARC rebels aimed at ending Latin America’s longest-running uprising. Rebel delegates, including Tanja Nijmeijer, a Dutch woman who fights alongside the FARC rebels, are already in Cuba awaiting Monday’s talks that had been delayed for four days over a lack of clarity over […]

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Varadero Cuba: one million foreign tourists so far 2012, Canadians largest group of visitors

The resort of Varadero, the first pole of the sun and beaches of Cuba, marking the tourist received one million foreign visitors so far this year, local media reported. Canada remains the largest market with a share of 44 percent of the total, followed by Germany and the UK, according to a note by the […]

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Cuba opens doors for agriculture investment, Brazil large player

They will be the first foreigners to participate in the agribusiness since 1959 when the mills were nationalized controlled by the U.S. Brazilian investments are growing rapidly thanks to a national credit of “around $ 1000 million, with the port and credits for purchases, maybe a little more, “he explained to BBC News Jose Felicio, […]

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Many Cubans still waiting for electricity after Hurricane Sandy

Two weeks after the storm blasted through Santiago, Cuba, the electrical grid has been restored to 28% of normal operation as workers labour around the clock to replace power lines brought down by thousands of fallen trees, the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported. Read Article

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Cuba: third attempt at oil discovery failed

The well drilled in the Gulf of Mexico “no commercial possibilities,” admitted Cubapetroleo consortium and Venezuelan PDVSA “Although this well no commercial possibilities, the results of the scan will help guide and expand operations in blocks of Cuba’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, included in the contract between the two companies,” said […]

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50,000 Venezuelans received health care in Cuba

A total of 53,407 Venezuelans with chronic and difficult to care, including trauma, birth defects, cancer and disabilities, have traveled to Cuba to receive free care and specialist, said the Minister of Power Popular Health Eugenia Sader. “The agreement is a Cuba-Venezuela Solidarity program,” said the minister, interviewed on Tuesday in Venezuela, a program broadcast […]

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Cuban Commission urges governement to accept international aid for victims of hurricane Sandy

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) today urged the government of Raul Castro to accept international humanitarian aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, who last week caused havoc and extensive damage in the eastern part of the island. In a statement, the group led by activist Elizardo Sanchez asks, before the […]

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Cuba update travel advisory

Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Cuba Update Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage in the eastern part of Cuba in areas such as Holguin Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. Heavy rain also caused damage in the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos, in central Cuba. You should expect disruption to communication, electricity and […]

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Cuba Travel Update

Hurricane Sandy made a landfall in south east Cuba early on Thursday 25 October (local time) according to fco.gov.uk. A Hurricane watch has been issued by the Cuban authorities for provinces in the area and some areas are being evacuated. You should check local weather advisories and contact your local authorities or your tour representative […]

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Cuba begins evacuation of high risk area before arrival of hurricane

Cuban authorities today began evacuating people from areas of risk and protective measures speed with the imminent arrival of Hurricane “Sandy”, expected to make landfall in eastern Cuba midnight from Jamaica today. In five provinces in the eastern region was declared today the maximum phase alarm-Las Tunas, Holguin, Guantanamo, Granma and Santiago de Cuba, and […]

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Cuba court sentences Spanish politician to prison for automobile accident killing two dissidents

A Cuban court has sentenced a conservative Spanish politician to four years in prison for causing an automobile accident that killed two Cuban dissidents who were riding with him, according to news reports. Now the Spanish government is trying to find a way to bring him home. Read Article

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Cuba: Documents reveal Castro hired former member of Nazi SS

According to Elpais.com, documents from the secret services in Germany, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reveal that the then president of Cuba, Fidel Castro , hired two former members of the Nazi SS to coach Cuban military. The information has been published on the online edition of the German newspaper Die Welt , in a lengthy attempt including […]

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Cuba: largest blackouts since 2003, 60 percent of the country affected

Europapress.es reported that the Cuban government confirmed Monday that the blackout affecting 60 percent of the country, without clarifying the reasons that caused the power outage in nine provinces, the largest of blackouts give almost a decade. “There was an interruption in a transmission line of 220,000 volts between (provinces) Ciego de Avila and Santa […]

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Havana Cuba: increase number of bomb hoaxes

cubamatinal.es reported that in the morning hours of Thursday, September 6, received a phone call from “explosive” on currency stores “The Ring” and “The Island of Cuba”, located in the town Habana Vieja, causing panic among workers and some customers. Havana, September 8 / Minutes later, police closed units, checking bags and lockers for employees. […]

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HIV increase seen in Havana Cuba females

Department referral specialists wield as causes that trend fundamental bisexuality of many married men (Which then infect their wives), low condom use among people over 40 years in age is also increasing the epidemic, as well as the initiation of sexual intercourse at very early. Read Article

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Director of medical school in Costa Rica claims medical graduates from cuba, serious deficiencies

The director of the School of Medicine of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Ricardo Cordero Boza, said doctors with college Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba (ELAM), have “serious deficiencies “in their education, reports the Costa Rican El País. Boza Lamb gave a press conference after 26 doctors Island graduates approval to conduct […]

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Cuba: disease alert causes shortages on cleaning detergents and products

For more than two weeks all detergents for use Pet stores have disappeared from collecting currency. As much as walk in your search for the businesses located in streets crowded city, as Belascoaín, Monte, Diez de Octubre, Reina Galiano and do not find the product of any brand or price. Up which was for sale […]

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Cuba: Dengue outbreak pediactric hospital, Guantanamo

The Pediatric Hospital Guantanamo Pedro Agustín Pérez confirmed Radio Martí’s income children infected with dengue. A clinic worker said entry continues.Patients with symptoms of the disease, but insisted on using the official euphemism “for suspected dengue” and did not specify the number of infected, would only say: “more or less”. Read Article

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Cuba: one in five taxi drivers under the influence of alcohol

One in five Cubans drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, infraccción that shot one in the current summer and was the cause of a dramatic accident that left seven people dead and over 40 injured in the Camagüey province, on Sunday. Of the 5.147 practiced breath tests for drivers the summer months throughout the […]

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