CUBA

  • India welcomes US move to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed the decision of the US to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after a gap of more than five decades. "India, which enjoys excellent relations with the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba, welcomes the decision by both the countries to re-establish diplomatic...
  • After months of secret talks, US, Cuba restore ties December 18, 2014

    The thaw in ties between US and Cuba has been facilitated after 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis. ...
  • Cold War enemies US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years December 18, 2014

    Washington: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul...
  • US, Cuba swap prisoners, to open embassies December 17, 2014

    Washington: An American aid worker, who had spent over five years in jail in Cuba on charges of spying, was released on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap deal between the two countries as the White House announced talks with Havana to normalize diplomatic relations with the Communist state. Alan...
  • Difficult to do simple things when famous: Beyonce Knowles December 13, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Beyonce Knowles says she sometimes finds fame difficult because there are so many ordinary experiences that she has to miss out on. "Before I was famous I was the girl on the hill with a guitar. I was the girl that just wanted a beautiful view of the...
  • Cuba allows construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years October 28, 2014

    Havana: Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus...
  • Guantanamo 'a living grave' for dozens cleared to leave September 10, 2014

    Washington: After more than a decade held without charge, dozens of Guantanamo detainees ought to have sight of freedom, but hardwon deals for their release are languishing awaiting a final Pentagon signature. Some 79 of the 149 prisoners still incarcerated at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, southern Cuba, have...
  • Cuba's lawmakers examine weak economy July 6, 2014

    Havana: Cuba's National Assembly opened its biannual session, with the communist island's faltering economy topping the agenda. President Raul Castro, 83, was due to address the assembly on Saturday, which plans to examine why one of the world's last command economies has not experienced greater growth, after six years of...
  • Cuba introduces mobile email, chaos ensues May 17, 2014

    Havana: On an island where most people have no Internet access, the arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy. Tens of thousands of Cubans began emailing like crazy in March for days, until the service started to fail, taking much of Cuba's already shaky voice and textmessaging...
  • Cuba brands US-created 'Cuban Twitter' as illegal April 5, 2014

    Havana: Cuba has branded as illegal a US project to quietly create a Twitter-like service in Cuba to promote political opposition, saying it shows that Washington has not given up its "subversive" campaign of undermining the island's government. The US government on Thursday admitted it had created a service similar to...
  • Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro December 10, 2013

    President Barack Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. Obama was greeting a line of world...
  • WTO reaches its first ever trade deal at Bali meeting December 7, 2013

    Bali: The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the makeorbreak agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy. The approval came after...
  • Ansari concludes threenation trip, leaves for India November 2, 2013

    London: Vice President Hamid Ansari left for India on Saturday after concluding his 8day official tour that took him to Peru, Cuba and Britain. Ansari left for Delhi soon after delivering a lecture on "Citizenship and identity" at the prestigious Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He arrived here last night from...
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari arrives in Cuba October 30, 2013

    Havana: After concluding a "landmark" tour of Peru during which four agreements were signed, Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in Cuba, one of the founders of the Nonaligned movement like India. It is the first ever bilateral visit by any Indian VVIP to the Communist country as earlier trips by Prime...
  • Hamid Ansari leaves for visit to Peru, Cuba October 25, 2013

    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday left for Lima on the firstever visit to Peru and Cuba as part of India's thrust towards Latin America. The 8day official visit will also take Ansari to UK where he will deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on the...
  • Parle Agro launches Caf Cuba to reenter carbonated drinks market September 24, 2013

    Mumbai:Fast moving consumer goods major Parle Agro on Tuesday reentered the Rs.15,000 croreworth carbonated soft drinks (CSD) segment, 20 years after it sold brands like Thums Up and Limca. "We are excited to be creating a completely new category for the CSD segment," said Prakash Chauhan, chairman and managing director, at...
  • US: 64-year-old Diana Nyad sets record with 177-km Cuba-to-Florida swim September 3, 2013

    American 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba without a shark cage on Monday, succeeding on her fifth attempt at the feat. Her face sunburned and lips swollen, with barely enough energy to speak, Nyad waded ashore at Key West, Florida,...
  • Didn't expect to live to 87: Cuba's Fidel Castro August 15, 2013

    Havana: Fidel Castro says he didn't expect he'd live long enough to turn 87 this week after grave illness forced him from office in 2006, according to an essay carried by official media on Wednesday. In a long, wideranging article taking up three pages of Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro, whose...
  • US presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens June 25, 2013

    Washington: The United States on Monday increased pressure on Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the American charged with disclosing secret US surveillance programs, and said it believed he was still in Moscow despite reports he was leaving for Cuba. Earlier Snowden, until recently a contractor with the US National Security...
  • No sign of Snowden on flight to Cuba for which he was booked June 24, 2013

    Moscow: A plane took off from Moscow on Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board. An Aeroflot representative who wouldn't give her name told The Associated Press that Snowden wasn't...
  • Former Olympic champion barred from competing for Cuba June 22, 2013

    Havana: Cuban hurdler Dayron Robles, who won the gold medal in the 110metre hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and set a world record, has been barred from representing his nation at any international competition due to a lack of discipline and ethics, the National Athletics Federation announced. "Cuba does...
  • White House denies having role in JayZ, Beyonce Cuba trip April 12, 2013

    U.S. President Barack Obama's spokesman on Thursday denied any White House role in allowing a visit to Cuba by rapper JayZ and pop star Beyonce last week, after the hip hop mogul released a song that suggested he had presidential permission for the trip. "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury (Department),"...
  • Beyonce, JayZ Cuba visit licensed by US Treasury Dept: source April 9, 2013

    Miami: A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband JayZ to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, a source familiar with the itinerary said on Monday. The longstanding U.S. trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from traveling to...
  • Cuba to host Montecristo Golf Cup in April March 11, 2013

    Havana: Cuba will host the 5th Montecristo Golf Cup from April 25 to 27 at the Caribbean resort of Varadero, 87 miles east of Havana, tourism authorities announced. The Cup will be held in its usual scenario of the Varadero Golf Club, an 18 holes course par 72, in a...
  • Mourning Venezuelans parade Chavez's coffin, prepare for vote March 7, 2013

    Caracas: Weeping and shouting, a sea of Hugo Chavez's supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election and keep his self-styled socialist revolution alive. Hundreds of thousands of "Chavistas" marched behind a hearse carrying the remains...
  • Hugo Chavez loses his battle with cancer, dies at 58 March 6, 2013

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer, silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and plunging his divided oil-rich nation into an uncertain future. ...
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro surprises with Parliament appearance February 25, 2013

    Havana: Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance Sunday by joining the opening session of the National Assembly, state media reported amid speculation the gathering could give clues on planning for a future leadership succession. Since falling ill in 2006 and ceding the presidency to his brother, Fidel...
  • We hold festivals for people, not Cuba or N Korea: Mamata February 9, 2013

    Kolkata: Countering criticism that her debtstrapped government was squandering funds by organising fairs and festivals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit back at the Marxists, saying her regime will continue celebrations for people, not for North Korea or Cuba. "If it's meant to be a festival, then it...
  • Venezuela's sick President misses own inauguration bash January 11, 2013

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on January 10 while thousands of supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new sixyear term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in...
  • Venezuela President battles severe lung infection January 4, 2013

    Caracas (Venezuela): Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for "respiratory deficiency" after complications from a severe lung infection, his government said, pointing to a deepening crisis for the ailing 58yearold president. Chavez hasn't spoken publicly or been seen since his December 11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report...