Cuba

  • Cuba brands US-created 'Cuban Twitter' as illegal 05-04-2014 12:44 PM

    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...
  • Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro 10-12-2013 06:20 PM

    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...
  • WTO reaches its first ever trade deal at Bali meeting 07-12-2013 01:46 PM

    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 make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy. The approval came...
  • Ansari concludes three-nation trip, leaves for India 02-11-2013 07:16 AM

    London: Vice President Hamid Ansari left for India on Saturday after concluding his 8-day 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...
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari arrives in Cuba 30-10-2013 10:03 AM

    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 Non-aligned movement like India. It is the first ever bilateral visit by any Indian VVIP to the Communist country as earlier trips by...
  • Hamid Ansari leaves for visit to Peru, Cuba 25-10-2013 11:41 AM

    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday left for Lima on the first-ever visit to Peru and Cuba as part of India's thrust towards Latin America. The 8-day official visit will also take Ansari to UK where he will deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on...
  • Parle Agro launches Café Cuba to re-enter carbonated drinks market 24-09-2013 09:17 PM

    Mumbai:Fast moving consumer goods major Parle Agro on Tuesday re-entered the Rs.15,000 crore-worth 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,...
  • US: 64-year-old Diana Nyad sets record with 177-km Cuba-to-Florida swim 03-09-2013 08:58 AM

    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,...
  • Didn't expect to live to 87: Cuba's Fidel Castro 15-08-2013 01:05 AM

    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, wide-ranging article taking up three pages of Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro,...
  • US presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens 25-06-2013 06:29 AM

    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...
  • No sign of Snowden on flight to Cuba for which he was booked 24-06-2013 05:14 PM

    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 22-06-2013 06:22 PM

    Havana: Cuban hurdler Dayron Robles, who won the gold medal in the 110-metre 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...
  • White House denies having role in Jay-Z, Beyonce Cuba trip 12-04-2013 11:54 AM

    U.S. President Barack Obama's spokesman on Thursday denied any White House role in allowing a visit to Cuba by rapper Jay-Z 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...
  • Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba visit licensed by US Treasury Dept: source 09-04-2013 10:07 AM

    Miami: A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z 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...
  • Ailing Chavez names potential successor 09-12-2012 06:49 PM

    Caracas: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba on Sunday for more surgery after a recurrence of cancer led him to name a successor for the first time in a sign the disease may force an end to his 14-year rule. Supporters prepared to gather in city squares across the...
  • Hurricane's death toll rises to 65 in Caribbean 28-10-2012 08:28 PM

    Pott-Au-Prince (Haiti): As Americans brace for Hurricane Sandy, the Caribbean is still suffering. Officials say storm-related death toll has risen to 65 as of early Sunday. Haitian authorities have reported 51 of those deaths. Continued rains have added to the initial jolt of the hurricane. The country is especially vulnerable...
  • Fidel Castro reportedly makes first public appearance in months 21-10-2012 10:57 PM

    Havana: Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, a top hotel executive told The Associated Press on Sunday, challenging persistent rumors that the aging revolutionary is near death. The 86-year-old leader dropped off a Venezuelan guest at the Hotel Nacional on Saturday afternoon, then stayed...
  • Castro turns 85 quietly but still a force in Cuba 13-08-2011 12:47 PM

    Havana: Fidel Castro marked his 85th birthday outside of the public spotlight on Saturday, with little fanfare around the aging revolutionary icon who is rarely seen in public these days but still casts a long shadow over Cuban society. There were no announced celebrations of Castro's birthday, though the previous...
  • Venezuela's Chavez faces second chemo treatment 23-07-2011 02:45 AM

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday he was preparing for a second round of chemotherapy in Cuba to eliminate the risk of malignant cells after completing what he called a successful first session. The announcement by the 56-year-old socialist leader that he had surgery in Havana last month...
  • Hugo Chavez returns to Cuba to begin chemotherapy 17-07-2011 08:48 PM

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba to begin chemotherapy nearly a month after surgery to remove a tumor, and he is expressing optimism the treatment will help him survive his cancer. Chavez said he would start the treatment in Havana on Sunday in an attempt to ensure...
  • Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela 05-07-2011 03:23 AM

    Caracas: Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming on Monday after cancer surgery in Cuba and declared himself "fine" despite speculation he may still require lengthy treatment. "Here I am, home and happy! Good morning, beloved Venezuela," a bubbly Chavez said, punching his fist in the air and...
  • Chavez says he's fighting cancer after surgery 01-07-2011 10:36 AM

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed on Thursday night that he is fighting cancer after having a tumor removed in Cuba, but assured his countrymen that he is doing well as he sought to cool growing questions about his health and ability to govern. Chavez said in a televised talk...
  • Cuban, breaking own record, rolls longest cigar 04-05-2011 11:37 AM

    Havana: A Cuban cigar roller broke his own record on Tuesday by rolling the world's longest cigar, a monster smoke that stretched 268 feet 4 inches, or most of the length of a football field. Resting on tables, it sprawled through El Morro, an old Spanish fort overlooking Havana Bay,...