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Mostly unaffected by new rules, cruise lines seek to expand into Cuba

Mostly unaffected by new rules, cruise lines seek to expand into Cuba

Cruise lines are laying the groundwork for further expansion into Cuba now that the rules governing U.S. tourism to the island have been revised and clarified by the Trump administration. CEOs from seven cruise companies met in Havana on Nov. 27 with Cuban government officials to exchange viewpoints.

Russia and Cuba are working on ‘a major energy agreement’

Russia and Cuba are working on ‘a major energy agreement’

President Raúl Castro and Igor Sechin, head of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, met in Havana on Saturday, the news agency Reuters reported, describing the meeting as “the latest sign the two countries are readying a major energy agreement.”

Cuba, Serbia presidents vow to increase political, economic ties

Cuba, Serbia presidents vow to increase political, economic ties

Cuban president Raúl Castro received his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, on Friday [and both] agreed to increase economic and commercial ties between both countries and highlighted the “high level” of political dialogue.

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia offers to mediate in U.S.-North Korea rift; Cuba already has

Russia is ready to mediate in the negotiations between the U.S. and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the first deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said Friday. He said that official Moscow will make every effort to convince Pyongyang of the need to sit down at the negotiating table to resolve the crisis situation on the Korean peninsula.

Russian documentary about Cuba’s people opens in Havana

Russian documentary about Cuba’s people opens in Havana

Russian musician and filmmaker Stas Namin presented his documentary “The Real Cuba” in Havana on Tuesday. The film was shown at the 23 and 12 Cinema as part of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. The film conveys the inimitable color of Cuban colonial cities with their ancient squares, narrow streets and picturesque churches.

Stressful conditions, not ‘sonic weapon,’ sickened U.S diplomats, Cuba panel asserts

Stressful conditions, not ‘sonic weapon,’ sickened U.S diplomats, Cuba panel asserts

After a 9-month probe hampered by lack of access to medical records, a panel of Cuban scientists today declared that U.S. diplomats here likely suffered a “collective psychogenic disorder” earlier this year, not the deliberate “health attack” that the U.S. Department of State has claimed.

The doctors who don’t return to practice in Cuba

The doctors who don’t return to practice in Cuba

For talented people to look for better living and working conditions is nothing new or exclusive of Cubans. What’s alarming in the case of Cuba is what has happened in recent years. The exodus of professionals has risen to 40 percent of the rosters in areas with highly qualified professionals, such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology groups.

Trump names U.S. envoy to Cuba

Trump names U.S. envoy to Cuba

In a move signaling the U.S.’s now again Cold War-like mentality with Cuba, the Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the U.S. embassy in Havana. Goldberg was expelled in 2008 from Bolivia for “fomenting social unrest.”

Russian Ladas are on their way to Cuba

Russian Ladas are on their way to Cuba

A shipment of 344 Lada automobiles is about to leave Russia and should arrive in Cuba early in January. The automaker, AvtoVAZ, calls the Cuban market a priority in Latin America and hopes to increase shipments, but export specialists in Russia downplay the enthusiasm, saying that Cuba can’t affort to buy more than 500 cars per year.

Cuba’s week of Italian culture declared a success

Cuba’s week of Italian culture declared a success

Cuba’s week-long celebration of Italian culture, which has been observed annually on the Caribbean island for the past 20 years, wrappred up this past weekend and was praised as a rousing success.

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