United States and Cuba relations announcement expected Wednesday

United States and Cuba relations announcement expected Wednesday

The Obama administration is expected to announce on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations. (Photo: Xinhua)

Wednesday, 1 July, 2015, 11:20am

U.S.-Cuba ferry service may soon be revived

U.S.-Cuba ferry service may soon be revived

Ports in Cuba brace for potential influx of ferries from the United States after the Obama administration approves Cuba ferry service licenses. 

7 May 2015 - 11:20am

Cuba economy czar: Reforms entering critical phase

Cuba’s economic and social reforms, which began in 2010, aim to resuscitate a flagging economy with a smattering of free-market principles. Photo: EPA

Communist-led Cuba’s experiment with limited capitalism is entering a crucial and transformative phase this year with the decentralization of bloated state-run businesses, the island’s economic czar said Tuesday.

Marino Murillo said the goal is to improve efficiency of those businesses and let the successful ones keep more of their profits.

10 Jul 2013 - 12:03pm

Cuba practioners join global Tai Chi celebration

People attend a mass Tai Chi session in the street as a classic American car drives past in the Chinatown area of Old Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP

Hundreds of practitioners of Tai Chi have packed the tiny Chinatown area of Old Havana for a slow-motion celebration of the Chinese martial art.

28 Apr 2013 - 11:35am

Madrid accused of covering up Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya's death

Oswaldo Paya, one of Cuba's most respected opposition leaders, Photo: Reuters

Spain's government is aiding a cover-up of the mysterious death of one of Cuba's most respected opposition leaders, who died after an unmarked police car rammed the car he was travelling in, according to his daughter.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:17am

Cuban dissidents launch opposition coalition

Cuban opponent Guillermo Farinas (right) and other dissidents participate in the funeral of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya in Havana last July. Photo: EPA

 Top Cuban dissidents Guillermo Farinas and Jose Daniel Ferrer joined forces on Wednesday to create a more powerful opposition as Raul Castro celebrates his re-election to lead the Communist-run island.

28 Feb 2013 - 2:38pm

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez allowed to leave Cuba on tour

Cuban blogger Yoanis Sanchez waves goodbye to her family at Havana's airport. Photo: AFP

Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been denied permission to travel abroad for many years, was allowed to embark on Sunday on a three-month trip to Latin America, Europe and the United States.

“My trip will begin in Brazil and could take me to as many as 12 countries,” Sanchez said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

Beijing residents have a last chance to comment on draft pollution-control regulations.

Beijing residents have a last chance today to comment on draft pollution-control regulations intended to help clean up the capital's suffocating smog. 

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Cuba on the verge of allowing its fighters to enter World Series Boxing

Wu Ching-kuo

Amateur boxing supremo Dr Wu Ching-kuo is confident that Cuba is about to make an historic decision and agree to field a team in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) which would see the nation's fighters given the chance to earn money.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

50 infected in Cuban cholera outbreak

People wash their hands using disinfectant as a precaution against cholera at the entrance of a bus station in Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP

Cuba's second cholera outbreak in four months - after 130 years without the disease - has infected more than 50 people and killed one in Havana.

The latest outbreak was from the same cholera strain found to have been introduced in Haiti by Nepalese UN peacekeepers, unleashing an epidemic in 2010 that has killed some 7,900 people.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Xi learns from Castro and Putin in graft fight

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro (right), on June 5, 2011 at Revolution Palace in Havana. Photo: AFP

Cuban president Raul Castro and Russian president Vladimir Putin may not have much in common, but Xi Jinping seems to take inspiration from them both.

This can be seen in the president-in-waiting's effective measures to curb extravagance and over-the-top protocol customarily accorded to senior mainland officials.

26 Dec 2012 - 10:01pm 5 comments

Hugo Chavez to return to Cuba for new cancer operation

Venezualan President Hugo Chavez (left) speaks with his ministers at Simon Bolivar international airport after a trip to Cuba on Friday. Photo: AFP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that his cancer has returned and he will have to return immediately to Cuba for another round of surgery to remove it.

Chavez announced that he would return to Cuba on Sunday, after doctors there determined that “some malignant cells” had returned, months after physicians there treated him and pronounced him cancer-free.

9 Dec 2012 - 11:28am

US rabbi says jailed American in good health

Jailed American Alan Gross. Photo: AP

A prominent New York rabbi and physician visited an American subcontractor serving a long jail term in Cuba and said the man is in good health, despite his family’s concerns about a growth on his right shoulder.

28 Nov 2012 - 2:47pm

Hugo Chavez heading to Cuba for more treatment

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez . Photo: AP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to travel to Cuba as early as Tuesday for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer.

28 Nov 2012 - 12:19pm

Dissident who fought with Castro, then against him, dies

Fidel Castro (left) and Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo (far right) march in Havana in March 1960. Photo: AP

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, who fought against the Batista dictatorship in Cuba, then spent 22 years in prison for fighting Fidel Castro's dictatorship and finally returned to the island for a controversial attempt at dialogue, died in Havana.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:27am