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US government contractor jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

A US contractor imprisoned in Cuba ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting against his treatment by the Cuban and US governments while serving a 15-year term for illegally...

Obama-Castro handshake jolts US-Cuba issue to life

Barack Obama and Raul Castro

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela at the memorial service in South Africa has been overwhelmed in America by discussion of his handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro, a nation...

Cuba lets citizens buy new cars

Vintage cars in Havana.

Marc Frank For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cubans will have the right to buy new vehicles without government permission.

Phony rum kills seven in Cuba, leaving dozens hospitalised

A glass of rum.

Havana: Seven Cubans have died and more than 40 have been hospitalised, eight in critical condition, after drinking wood alcohol, or industrial methanol, they thought was rum, the public health...

Cuba joins attack on Australia's tobacco plain-packaging rules

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Geneva: Cuba has become the latest country to launch a legal attack on Australia's landmark plain-packaging rules for tobacco at the World Trade Organisation, the global body says.

Cuba claims missile parts on ship bound for North Korea seized in Panama

This is a picture Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli posted on his twitter account Monday July 15, 2013 showing what he said officials believe is sophisticated missile equipment found in containers of sugar aboard a North Korean-flagged ship traveling from Cuba. Panamanian officials verified the tweet was authentic but did not immediately respond to requests for further details. (AP Photo/Panamanian Government)

Panama has stopped a North Korean vessel allegedly loaded with missile material.

North Korea demands release of ship seized in Panama Canal carrying arms from Cuba

North Korea's foreign ministry says that Cuban arms seized from a Pyongyang-flagged ship in Panama's waters were part of a legitimate deal and demanded the immediate release of the ship, state media...

Date set for end of Cuba's Castro era

Raul Castro

HAVANA:Raul Castro has accepted a new five-year term and says it will be his last as Cuba's president, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era.

Cuba prepared to start talking but US gives Castro the cold shoulder

Cuba's President Raul Castro

Peter Orsi HAVANA: Cuba is willing to mend fences with its Cold War foe the United States, says the President, Raul Castro.

Cuba travel boost

MEXICO CITY: US President Barack Obama may ease travel restrictions on Cuba, allowing more Americans to visit the island on educational and cultural trips, a US official said.

Pope faces hard questions from Cuba's faithful

Pope

Silao, Mexico Pope Benedict XVI has urged Mexicans to wield their faith against evils such as drug violence before hundreds of thousands of worshippers, saying they would find hope if they purified their hearts.

US pressured to drop Cuba veto

On their own: US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the summit.

Cartagena, Colombia A summit of 33 western hemisphere leaders opens with the US and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits.

Cuba eases grip on banking sector by allowing small loans

Che Guevara

HAVANA: Cuba will allow banks to lend money to small businesses, private farmers and those who want to repair or build homes - a revolutionary step for the communist government.

Land and life in Cuba

A street in Old Havana, one of the most most densely populated areas in Latin America, July 28, 2011. Private property is such a central tenet of capitalism that the plan to legitimize it here strikes many Cubans as jaw-dropping. But even with some state control, experts say, the property sales could transform Cuba more than any other economic reform announced by President Raul Castro's government. (The New York Times)

Plans to legitimise private property in Cuba have left many Cubans displeased. But even with some state control, experts say, the property sales could transform Cuba more than any other economic...

US relaxes donation rules for Cuba

MIAMI: The US government has released new rules defining which Americans may travel freely to Cuba, making it easier for US schools, churches and cultural groups to visit and increasing the amount of...

Raul's revisionist Cuba embraces home sales

Robin Yapp, Londonlos Angeles Times SAO PAULO: Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell homes for the first time since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959.

Cuba mulls term limits for leaders

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Cuba's president Raul Castro recommends imposing term limits on presidency and other posts to make way for new blood.

Rebels' trainer was held by US in Cuba

LOS ANGELES: A former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has taken a leading role in the military opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, it has emerged.

Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba

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Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba to discuss economic policies and seek ways to improve relations between the US and Cuba.

US allies accused of kowtowing to Cuba

Rory Carroll and Jessica Wright AUSTRALIA, Canada and several European countries have stopped pressing Cuba over human rights in the hope of winning commercial favours from Havana, according to confidential US diplomatic cables...