Cuba

Cuba passes law to prevent Fidel Castro personality cult

Cuba's parliament has passed a law that no streets or parks will be named after late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in accordance with his final wish to prevent a personality cult.

Cuba starts pilot project for private internet use

Cuba will allow internet connections in private households for the first time, the state telephone company announced Monday.

EU and Cuba sign first cooperation agreement

The European Union and Cuba signed their first partnership agreement on Monday.

Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba through five decades of revolution, resistance and repression, was laid to rest on Sunday in a "solemn and private" ceremony in Santiago de Cuba.

Trump won't open relations with Cuba without changes, aide says

A top aide to US president-elect Donald Trump says political change in Cuba will be necessary to continue the political rapprochement between the nations following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Mourning, celebration after death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro

World leaders as well as Cubans at home and abroad reacted with sadness and celebration Saturday to the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro, the man who challenged the US on its doorstep

Fidel Castro remained a major force in Cuban politics even after ill health forced him out of office. He inspired loyalty in his fans and fear in his detractors.

Fidel Castro - leader of Cuba's revolution - dies aged 90

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and the leader of the country's communist revolution, has died at the age of 90, his brother and successor Raul Castro announced on state television overnight to Saturday.

Cuba grants pardon to 787 prisoners at the request of Pope Francis

Cuba is to grant pardons to 787 prisoners in response to a call from Roman Catholic Pope Francis regarding the Holy Year of Mercy, the official Cuban Communist Party daily Granma said on its front page Tuesday.

US abstains for first time from UN vote condemning Cuban embargo

The United States abstained for the first time in 24 years from a vote in the UN General Assembly urging an end to Washington's embargo on Cuba on Wednesday.

US pops cork for travellers to bring home Cuban rum, cigars

US travellers visiting Cuba can now bring home more of the island's famous cigars and rum, under revised regulations issued Friday in Washington, as President Barack Obama ordered further normalization of relations with the communist island.

Trump vows to undo Obama's opening toward Cuba

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Hurricane Matthew slams into Haiti as it charts course toward Cuba

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, unleashing life-threatening winds and torrential downpours on the poorest nation in the Americas.

Report: Trump violated US embargo of Cuba

One of Donald Trump's companies reportedly violated the embargo that prevents US citizens doing business in Cuba, a media report said Thursday.

Obama nominates first US ambassador to Cuba in half a century

US President Barack Obama nominated a career diplomat to serve as the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years as part of his efforts to open relations with the communist island.

First US cruise ship in decades docks in Cuba

A US cruise ship docked Monday in Cuba for the first time in decades after the US loosened travel restrictions amid a broader rapprochement between the neighbours.

Fidel Castro blasts Obama's Cuba visit

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro spoke critically Monday of US President Barack Obama's historic trip to communist Cuba last week in his first comments about the groundbreaking visit.

Only rock and roll? Rolling Stones make history at Havana concert

It's been a big week for Cuba. First US President Barack Obama makes a historic visit, then the Rolling Stones play a gig in Havana that Cuban rock 'n' rollers thought they'd never see. Mick Jagger tells the crowd in Havana: "The times are changing."

Rolling Stones rock communist Cuba

British rock legends the Rolling Stones performed in Havana Friday evening, their first concert in the communist country.

Obama, Castro talk US-Cuban trade embargo, human rights

US President Barack Obama declared a "new day" between the United States and Cuba following talks with Cuban President Raul Castro at which the Cuban leader repeated his call for the end to the decades-long US trade embargo against the communist island nation.

"What political prisoners?" Castro refutes challenge beside Obama

Cuba has traditionally denied having any political prisoners. In a rare press conference during which he stood alongside US President Barack Obama, Cuban leader Raul Castro turned the question around: "What political prisoners?"

Obama: "It's a new day" in US-Cuban relations

US President Barack Obama says a visit by a US president to Cuba would have been "unthinkable" for decades, but declares "it's a new day" in relations between the countries.

"Que bola Cuba?" Obama asks upon arriving in Cuba for historic visit

US President Barack Obama met with US embassy employees in Havana and took a walking tour of historic old Havana after arriving Sunday in Cuba to start a three-day visit that culminates a process of a rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.

Obama arrives in Havana for trip to further rebuild ties with Cuba

US President Barack Obama arrived Sunday in Havana to start a three-day visit to Cuba, a historic trip culminating a process of a rapprochement that began more than a year ago.

European Union, Cuba sign framework agreement

Following two years of negotiations, the European Union and Cuba on Friday signed a draft agreement for dialog and cooperation.

Obama says he will visit Cuba in March

US President Barack Obama confirmed Thursday that he will travel to Cuba in March, in a trip that will make him the first sitting president to visit the island in 88 years.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch "like brothers" in historic meeting

Havana/Vatican City (dpa) - Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, discussed religious and political affairs during a historic meeting Friday in Cuba to overcome a rift that had lasted over 1,000 years.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to hold historic meeting in Havana

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will have a historic meeting in Cuba on Friday that is seen as a major advance towards healing a 1,000-year-old rift between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

The Great Schism between Catholics and Orthodox

Christianity split between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in 1054 in the so-called Great Schism.