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From Cuba, with Love  Toronto Sun

Here's to Toronto restaurant El Habanero & Churrobar, home to authentic Cuban food featuring that delicious, famous treat – churros!The restaurant's story is as ...

Toronto Sun
Return to Cuba option for medicals staying in Brazil: Cuban Health Ministry - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

HAVANA, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Returning to Cuba is an option for those Cuban medical workers who stay in Brazil despite an end to a medical cooperation ...

Xinhua
Author Julia Cooke Explores Lives of Young Adults in Cuba  WKU Public Radio

Most people are familiar with the stereotypes of Cuba: old cars, salsa music, rum, cigars, picturesque beaches and warm weather. For Cubans who grew up.

WKU Public Radio
Urban Agriculture: What U.S. Cities Can Learn from Cuba  U.S. News & World Report

Many cities are seeking ways to boast urban agriculture which has environmental, health and social benefits.

U.S. News & World Report
Let them eat casabe: Camilla and Charles in Cuba  The Guardian

The Duchess of Cornwall is 'not sure' about the food, but our man in Havana – or at least a frequent visitor – begs to differ.

The Guardian
A Keys couple stole a sailboat for a Caribbean honeymoon. Now they’re off to prison.  Miami Herald

Instead of the honeymoon they had planned, Aaron Burmeister and Ashley McNeil spent six months in a Cuban jail before they were expelled from Cuba by ...

Miami Herald
Grassroots aid efforts in Cuba and abroad aim to help tornado victims  Miami Herald

After an F4 tornado hit Havana, Cuba, private citizens have helped neighbors, and Cuban Americans on Facebook, medical students and Catholic charities also ...

Miami Herald
Panama beats Cuba to win the Caribbean Series  WTOP

Panama beats Cuba to win the Caribbean Series on WTOP | PANAMA CITY (AP) — With a team that wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament, Panama ...

WTOP
Canada confirms 14th case of diplomat falling mysteriously ill in Cuba  CNN

Canada has confirmed a 14th case of unusual health symptoms experienced by diplomatic staff in Havana, Cuba.

CNN
Canada insists it takes health of diplomats 'very seriously' amid suit over Cuba incidents  NBC News

Canada's leader is defending his country's handling of mysterious incidents that have damaged the health of both American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, ...

NBC News
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell, FIU Sexual Assault Nurses, UnitedWay Housing Report, Cuba Book Club  WLRN

Since she was elected to office in November, Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has been proactive on Venezuela. She calls the country's leadership ...

WLRN
Maduro’s demise in Venezuela would drag Cuba into an economic crisis, experts say  Bradenton Herald

If the Nicolás Maduro regime falls in Venezuela, Cuba could be sunk into its own crisis. The Communist island could lose subsidies from the South American ...

Bradenton Herald
Canadian diplomats sue their government over mystery illness in Cuba  CNN

Fourteen Canadian diplomats are suing their government over a mysterious and lingering illness that they and US diplomats seem to have developed while ...

CNN
Meeting of the Cuba-Namibia Working Group Ends in Havana  Prensa Latina

13 de febrero de 2019, 11:40Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The 4th Meeting of the Cuba-Namibia Joint Working Group ends on Wednesday in Havana after ...

Prensa Latina
Cuba Condemns US Initiative against Venezuela at UN  Radio Cadena Agramonte

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday ratified Cuba's condemnation of a draft resolution submitted by the United States to the United Nations Security ...

Radio Cadena Agramonte
Nehanda Abiodun, 68, Black Revolutionary Who Fled to Cuba, Dies  The New York Times

Nehanda Abiodun, a radical black nationalist who was charged in the deadly botched robbery of a Brink's armored truck in 1981 and then spent decades as a ...

The New York Times
Cuba Calls for Averting Use of Force against Venezuela  Prensa Latina

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has called for preserving peace and averting the unjustifiable use of force against ...

Prensa Latina
The Embargo on Cuba Failed. Let’s Move On.  The New York Times

HAVANA — It has been 60 years since Fidel Castro marched into Havana, so it's time for both Cuba and the United States to grow up. Let's let Cuba be a normal ...

The New York Times
Trump's policies help the Cuban government instead of the private sector, numbers show  NBCNews.com

President Donald Trump's Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island's private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its ...

NBCNews.com
Death toll from fierce Cuban tornado climbs as exiles organize to help  Miami Herald

The rare F4 tornado that ripped through eastern Havana, Cuba neighborhoods Sunday left four dead, 195 injured and more than 1200 homes damaged or ...

Miami Herald
Deadly tornado roars through Havana, Cuba  CNN

A rare tornado that hit the Cuban capital, Havana, has left four people dead and 195 injured. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports from Havana, Cuba.

CNN
'Cuba Digital' Project Attracts Audience at Book Fair  Prensa Latina

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Among Tuesday's proposals of the International Book Fair is ''Cuba Digital'', a project aimed at making visible the development ...

Prensa Latina
With Spies and Other Operatives, a Nation Looms Over Venezuela’s Crisis: Cuba  The New York Times

The island nation has provided intelligence support to Venezuela for years, helping President Nicolás Maduro suppress dissent in the military and across ...

The New York Times
Don’t worry, Camilla – Cuban food is great  The Guardian

The Duchess of Cornwall has expressed concern about the food on the island before her and Charles's visit. But the restrictions under the revolution have eased ...

The Guardian
Communist Cuba seeks improved governance  Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is on the verge of the most dramatic restructuring of its government in decades as popular criticism and frustration with a sluggish ...

Reuters
Cuba Thanks African Union for Rejecting US Blockade  Prensa Latina

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba thanked on Tuesday the African Union (AU) condemnation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed ...

Prensa Latina
Fearing socialism at home, Trump takes a Cold War stance abroad  CNN

When Barack Obama traveled to Cuba in 2016, he vowed to reshape relations not just with the Communist-run island but with all of Latin America. The last US ...

CNN
Cuban doctors in Brazil say Bolsonaro betrayed them. They’re asking the U.S. for help  Miami Herald

More than 2000 Cuban doctors in Brazil who defied Havana orders to go home have asked Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez for help. The Brazilian ...

Miami Herald
Book Nook: A Hundred Fires in Cuba, by John Thorndike and Best of the Book Nook Bonus: Clive Barker  WYSO

John Thorndike returned to the show to talk about his latest novel "A Hundred Fires in Cuba." Thorndike has set his story with the backdrop of the Cuban.

WYSO
Pres. Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba  WCJB

The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades .

WCJB
State Department asks scientists to study mysterious illness scare in Cuba  Axios

The State Department has requested a new committee of scientists to investigate the unusual health effects experienced by dozens of U.S. diplomats and their ...

Axios
I Am Cuba (free)  tonemadison.com

This 1964 film's innovative camera work immerses the viewer in pre-revolution Havana.

tonemadison.com
Cuban Film About Family in the "Global South" Premieres in Berlin  Havana Times

By D. McKenzie (IPS). From “La Arrancada” (On the Starting Line). HAVANA TIMES – A documentary about a Cuban family facing an uncertain future has its ...

Havana Times
U.S. considering allowing lawsuits over Cuba-confiscated properties  Reuters

The Trump administration is considering allowing a law that has been suspended since its creation in 1996 to go into effect, allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign ...

Reuters
Why Infants May Be More Likely to Die in America Than Cuba  The New York Times

Many Americans would welcome some traits of the island's free, universal health care system.

The New York Times
The Cuban Revolution: Always of and by the people  Granma English

Today, in 2019, the corporate media is more powerful and the resources available to mount campaigns against Cuba greater, but the purpose of the United ...

Granma English
Florida-Cuba travel is in flux. Some airlines want in and others opt out.  Miami Herald

Air travel to Cuba is in flux with some U.S. carriers dropping out of competition for routes and others hoping to win approval for additional flights to the island.

Miami Herald
After decades in the dark, Havana’s streets are regaining their vintage glow  Miami Herald

Cuban artist Kadir López Nieves' Habana Light Neon + Signs project is restoring vintage neon signs that have been dark for decades and bringing some pizazz ...

Miami Herald
Cuba opens its first new church since the revolution 60 years ago  CNN

Parishioners wiped away tears and gave thanks to God as the first Roman Catholic church built since the 1959 Cuban revolution opened its doors on Saturday.

CNN
Dr Mngadi comes full circle after Cuban project  SowetanLIVE Sunday World

Dr Nhlanhla Mngadi has treated a number of patients at RK Khan Hospital in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, for the very first time as a medical intern within the family ...

SowetanLIVE Sunday World
Nehanda Abiodun, black nationalist and ‘godmother’ of Cuban hip-hop, dies at 68  Washington Post

Nehanda Abiodun, a black nationalist and anti-drug activist who was charged in connection to a deadly 1981 armored-truck robbery, then fled to Cuba and ...

Washington Post
Arkansan sees path for Cuba trade bill; Crawford measure stalled in past, but key dissenters have since departed  Arkansas Online

With Democrats in the House majority and with a couple of key foes no longer on Capitol Hill, supporters of increased agriculture sales to Cuba see an opening ...

Arkansas Online
Cuba Out of Venezuela  The Wall Street Journal

Friends of democracy need to target Havana's control in Caracas.

The Wall Street Journal
Transcript: Vicki Huddleston talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"  CBS News

Venezuela showdown could lead to U.S. confrontation with Cuba, says former top U.S. diplomat.

CBS News
Freeform is developing a Cuban-American, cross-generational drama  NBCNews.com

Freeform is developing a series based on the book “Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capó Crucet,a cross-generational drama that follows a ...

NBCNews.com
16 survival tips for first-time visitors to Cuba  TimesLIVE

There's one currency for tourists and another for locals. You can't dis the Castros. Be sure to pack a pair of tight, white pants ... and other crucial tips from Chris ...

TimesLIVE
The Real Reason Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles Is Nervous About Visiting Cuba  The Cheat Sheet

Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles are headed to Cuba. This is the real reason why the duchess is nervous about the trip.

The Cheat Sheet
A meteorite exploded over Cuba and its boom was captured on video  BGR

Space rocks come crashing down to Earth with somewhat startling regularity, and when they do they often create a big boom. When a meteorite detonates in ...

BGR
Colombian human smugglers who raped and murdered Cubans sentenced to federal prison  Miami Herald

Colombian human smugglers Carlos Ibarguen Palacios and Jhoan Carreazo Asprilla were sentenced to 45 years and 50 years, respectively, after they raped ...

Miami Herald
Ghana and Cuba to strengthen cooperation  africanews

The Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Cuba have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen their cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two.

africanews
Cocktails From Cuba with Love  Garden & Gun Magazine

Julio Cabrera is improving your drinking experience. The Cuban-born, Miami-based bar entrepreneur has instructed dozens of Americans in the ways of ...

Garden & Gun Magazine
Two Ways of Looking at Cuba’s Modern Dance Problem  The New York Times

Companies at the Joyce Theater's Cuba Festival share a similar issue: The country produces wonderful dancers but, as of yet, no great choreographers.

The New York Times
Naples restaurants: Havana Blue puts the spotlight on slow cooking, classic Cuban food — JLB review  Naples Daily News

Our dining critic can't think of too many other Cuban eateries that slow down quite the same way as the new Havana Blue.

Naples Daily News
McKENNA: Trump, Trudeau on collision course over Cuba sanctions  TheChronicleHerald.ca

I hate to say it, but Canada and the United States are headed for a major bilateral dust-up in little over a month. And with Donald Trump wandering around the ...

TheChronicleHerald.ca
Crisis Brews as Colombia Asks Cuba to Extradite Rebels  TIME

A diplomatic crisis is brewing as Colombia seeks the capture of a guerrilla negotiating team in Cuba following the bloodiest terror attack in 16 years.

TIME
infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside  Designboom

infraestudio have been commissioned to design a weekend home in the countryside for a conceptual cuban artist who wanted a unique experience in zaza del ...

Designboom
Cuba opens first church since start of communist rule with aid from Florida congregation  Fox News

Cuba is opening its doors to the first Catholic church on the island since the 1959 Communist Revolution ushered in an era of atheism.

Fox News
Region 8 church ministers in Cuba missions  KAIT

The First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro has been ministering to Cuba since 2016 and has made a significant difference for people in the country.

KAIT
Cuba’s first church inauguration since the revolution  Catholic News Agency

Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Jan 28, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first new Catholic church in Cuba since the the country's revolution 60 years ago was ...

Catholic News Agency
Cuba hit by METEORITES after Baba Vanga’s issued shock disaster prediction  Express.co.uk

A RARE meteorite shower struck Cuba on Friday, just one month after blind mystic Baba Vanga predicted a giant meteorite would hit in 2019.

Express.co.uk
Venezuela's Maduro should FLEE to Russia or Cuba as US claims time for 'END GAME' is now  Express.co.uk

VENEZUELA president Nicolas Maduro should resign and flee to Russia or Cuba, the US believes.

Express.co.uk
Tenenbaum Lecture explores the Jews of Cuba and their diasporas  Emory News Center

Emory's annual Tenenbaum Lecture will explore "The Jews of Cuba and their Diasporas: Memories, Stories, Dilemmas," with guest scholar Ruth Behar of the ...

Emory News Center
Guáimaro and Cuba's enduring constitutional spirit › Cuba › Granma - Official voice of the PCC  Granma English

Some six months have passed since the anniversary of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes' call for liberty at the Demajagua plantation, when patriots took up arms ...

Granma English
Forget Ibiza; This Is The New Country Single Men Are Finding Love In  D'Marge

Cuba is one of the world's fastest growing spots for female solo travel, which may explain the sudden interest from the world's eligible bachelors.

D'Marge
Mechanic at Work in Moron, Cuba - Photo of the Day  Havana Times

HAVANA TIMES – You don't have to be a professional photographer, just send an image (in black and white or color), with a photo caption indicating where it ...

Havana Times
A New Vanguard of Women in Cuban Jazz  The New Yorker

Plenty of Cuban women have made their marks on jazz music, from the Buena Vista Social Club's Omara Portuondo and the salsa legend Celia Cruz to the ...

The New Yorker
Germany, France, Cuba, Japan, Korea and Georgia to conclude Day 2 of Paris GS  International Judo Federation

On Day 2 of the 2019 edition of the Paris Grand Slam, Germany, France, Cuba, Japan, Korea and Georgia topped the medal podium.

International Judo Federation
Eleven Hills of Havana, Cuba  Havana Times

By Vicente Morin Aguado. Castillo del Principe Hill. HAVANA TIMES – Here in Cuba, we call hills lomas, and Rome's seven hills made them famous. In spite of ...

Havana Times
11:27 Cuban Historian Joins Royal Institute of British Architects  Prensa Latina

London, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Havana Historian Eusebio Leal was distinguished by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as an honorary associate, ...

Prensa Latina
After tornado, Cuban state loses monopoly on disaster aid  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Nearly two weeks after a devastating tornado struck Havana, the worst-hit neighborhoods are filled with government crews restoring power and phone *service* ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fireball Over Cuba Exploded With The Force Of 1,400 Tons Of TNT, NASA Says  Gizmodo Australia

Last week, local media reports indicated that a meteorite hit the Cuban town of Viñales after soaring across the Florida Keys, with residents reporting hearing a ...

Gizmodo Australia
US travel restrictions hit Cuba's private sector  Deutsche Welle

US President Donald Trump's travel restrictions on Cuba were aimed at depriving the country's government from profiting from American dollars. But his decision ...

Deutsche Welle
Trudeau Insists Health Impact on Canadian Diplomats in Cuba Are Visible and Real  Sputnik International

Ottawa and Washington have previously claimed that some of their diplomats in Havana have shown symptoms of a strange illness. Media reported that some of ...

Sputnik International
Cuban Baseball to Face Demanding Commitments in 2019  Prensa Latina

By Yasiel Cancio Vilar Havana, (Prensa Latina) Antonio Becali, president of the Cuban National Sports Institute (INDER) said that Cuban baseball will have to ...

Prensa Latina
Duchess of Cornwall is wary of Cuba and its food — it’ll be better when they replace communists with chefs  The Sun

Ahead of her visit to Cuba, Camilla went doolally this week and dared to say something only Prince Philip can...she was not looking forward to the food.

The Sun
D.C. Cuba Libre Settles With City Over Transgender Bathroom Incident  Eater DC

The Cuba Libre restaurant in Penn Quarter has agreed to institute civil rights training for employees and pay a $7,000 fine following an incident in June in which ...

Eater DC
Home run idea sends Carpinteria man to Cuba  KEYT

With a love of baseball Carpinteria resident John Parsons stepped up to the plate with an idea to help kids in rural areas of Cuba play the game.

KEYT
Havana Blue Cuban Cuisine & Lounge: What JLB ate (and more)  Naples Daily News

Go behind the plates of JLB's review of Havana Blue Cuban Cuisine & Lounge.

Naples Daily News
As Cuba medical mystery deepens, State Department turns to new scientific panel for answers  Yahoo News

After two years of being stymied in the matter of the embassy incidents in Cuba, the State Department is turning to a new panel of scientists to investigate the ...

Yahoo News
12:16 Laos Parliamentarian leader Pays Tribute to Cuban National Heroe  Prensa Latina

Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Assembly of Laos, Paty Yathotou, paid tribute Wednesday in Havana to the Cuban National Hero, ...

Prensa Latina
Nehanda Abiodun, Black Revolutionary and “Godmother of Cuban Hip-Hop,” Dies at 86  Democracy Now!

And the black revolutionary activist Nehanda Abiodun has died at the age of 68 in Havana, Cuba. Abiodun was a founding member of the New Afrikan People's ...

Democracy Now!
Decrease in Infant Mortality due to Cancer, a Cuban Achievement  Prensa Latina

Santiago de Cuba, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The clearly descending curve of children''s mortality due to cancer is on Tuesday one of the main achievements of the ...

Prensa Latina
Community holds fundraiser for Cuban tornado victims  Cayman Compass

A group of concerned Cubans and Caymanians with ties to Cuba came out over the weekend to raise money for victims of a tornado that struck Havana on Jan.

Cayman Compass
Dutch Features Picks Up Romantic Comedy ‘Cuban Love’  Variety

Dutch Features, one of Holland's leading sales agencies, has acquired the cross-cultural romantic comedy "Cuban Love" directed by Johan Nijenhuis ("Tuscan ...

Variety
The Cuban to open in Patchogue later this month  GreaterPatchogue

The Cuban is now a few weeks away from launching in downtown Patchogue. Located within the New Village at Patchogue apartment and retail complex, The ...

GreaterPatchogue
 

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Cuba ( (listen); Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkuβa]), officially the Republic of Cuba (Spanish: República de Cuba ), is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The area of the Republic of Cuba is 110,860 square kilometres (42,800 sq mi) (109,884 square kilometres (42,426 sq mi) without the territorial waters). The island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean, with an area of 105,006 square kilometres (40,543 sq mi), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.The territory that is now Cuba was inhabited by the Ciboney Taíno people from the 4th millennium BC until Spanish colonisation in the 15th century. From the 15th century, it was a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, when Cuba was occupied by the United States and gained nominal independence as a de facto United States protectorate in 1902. As a fragile republic, in 1940 Cuba attempted to strengthen its democratic system, but mounting political radicalization and social strife culminated in a coup and subsequent dictatorship under Fulgencio Batista in 1952. Open corruption and oppression under Batista's rule led to his ousting in January 1959 by the 26th of July Movement, which afterwards established communist rule under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Since 1965, the state has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba. The country was a point of contention during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a nuclear war nearly broke out during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Cuba is one of few Marxist–Leninist socialist states, where the role of the vanguard Communist Party is enshrined in the Constitution. Independent observers have accused the Cuban government of numerous human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment.Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and a close relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War.Cuba is a sovereign state and a founding member of the United Nations, the G77, the Non-Aligned Movement, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, ALBA and Organization of American States. The country is a regional power in Latin America and a middle power in world affairs. It has currently one of the world's only planned economies, and its economy is dominated by the exports of sugar, tobacco, coffee and skilled labor. According to the Human Development Index, Cuba has high human development and is ranked the eighth highest in North America, though 67th in the world. It also ranks highly in some metrics of national performance, including health care and education.