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Cuba: Country in the Caribbean
Cuba, officially the Republic of 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 kilometers (42,800 sq mi). The island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean, with an area of 105,006 square kilometers (40,543 sq mi), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.

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Cuba reshuffles to improve governance, old guard removed from council of state

Cuba started implementing a government reshuffle aimed at improving governance on Thursday, naming Miguel Diaz-Canel to the new position of president of the Republic and removing the last of the..
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Tougher U.S. sanctions make Cuba ever more difficult for Western firms

Tougher U.S. sanctions against Cuba have led international banks to avoid transactions involving the island, while prospective overseas investors put plans on hold and foreign firms operating in the..
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Videos for Cuba

Twitter Blocks Selected Cuban Accounts, Including That Of Raul Castro [Video]Twitter Blocks Selected Cuban Accounts, Including That Of Raul Castro

Twitter blocked the accounts off Cuban Communist Party Leader Raul Castro. Additionally they blocked his daughter Mariela Castro and Cuba’s top state-run media outlets. The Cuban Union of Journalists..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Watch: Catholics and Yoruba unite to celebrate Cuba's patron saint [Video]Watch: Catholics and Yoruba unite to celebrate Cuba's patron saint

Hundreds of religious pilgrims walked through Old Havana to celebrate the Virgin of Charity, Cuba's patron saint.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Rare bat population given 'manicures' so numbers can be counted [Video]Rare bat population given 'manicures' so numbers can be counted

A group of one of the world’s rarest bats is being treated to pampering sessions, as experts use nail varnish to count their numbers. Cuban greater funnel-eared bats are being given manicures as..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:56Published

Watch: Tractor pool for Cuba's children tours tobacco zone [Video]Watch: Tractor pool for Cuba's children tours tobacco zone

The pool is free and the only rule is that the children must have clean feet to climb aboard.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Tractor pool brings joy to children in rural Cuba [Video]Tractor pool brings joy to children in rural Cuba

Children splashed inside a mobile pool in the El Infernal neighborhood in the province of Pinar del Rio, part of Cuba's renowned tobacco-growing zone.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

 

Exclusive: As Trump grows frustrated on Venezuela, U.S. to 'squeeze' Cuba, scrutinize Russia

The Trump administration is preparing new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is taking a "closer look" at Russia's role in helping him remain in power, the..
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Amnesty calls for release of leading Cuban dissident

Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded the Cuban government explain the charges against the head of the country's largest opposition group, whom Havana arrested a week ago, or release him from jail.
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Russia's Medvedev slams U.S. for Cuba embargo during Havana trip

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a "toxic atmosphere" around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia's..
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Russia's Medvedev visits Cuba in show of support amid U.S. hostility

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev kicked off an official two-day visit to Cuba on Thursday in a strong show of Russia's support for the communist-run island as it faces escalating pressure from..
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U.S. denies Cuba health minister visa to attend health meeting in Washington

Cuba said on Monday the Trump administration denied its health minister a visa to attend a Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) meeting in Washington and accused the United States of repeatedly..
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Amazon sued for marketing charcoal produced on land seized by Cuba in 1960s

A Florida resident is suing Amazon for marketing charcoal produced on land he says Cuba confiscated from his grandfather after the 1959 revolution, the latest in a recent slew of lawsuits regarding the..
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U.S. issues travel ban for Cuba's Castro over human rights accusations, support for Venezuela's Maduro

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed U.S. travel sanctions on Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro over his support for Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, and involvement in..
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U.S. sanctions Cuba's Castro for supporting Venezuela's Maduro, human rights violations

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Cuba's Raul Castro, along with his children, as it continues to pressure its long-time foe for supporting the government of Nicolas Maduro in..
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Venezuela defends Cuba ties after Trump calls Maduro 'Cuban puppet'

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday said his country would continue working with Cuba, after U.S. President Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “Cuban puppet”..
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Honduras, Cuba to sign deal on deporting some Cuban migrants: Honduran president

Honduras will sign an agreement with Cuba to deport Cubans who arrive in the Central American country illegally en route to the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Sunday.
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U.S. expels two of Cuba's U.N. diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

The Trump administration on Thursday ordered the expulsion from the United States of two members of Cuba's delegation to the United Nations and restricted travel of the remaining mission members to..
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U.S. seeking to make Cubans seek asylum in Honduras: minister

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Tuesday that negotiations with the United States could make Cuban migrants passing through the Central American country seek refuge there.
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Rights groups denounce Cuba's arrest of independent journalist, activists denounce harassment

International rights groups this week denounced Communist-run Cuba's arrest of dissident journalist Roberto Quinones after what they say was a sham trial, while local opposition activists complained of..
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Twitter restores some blocked Cuban official accounts

Twitter Inc has restored some of the accounts of Cuban state-run media, journalists and government officials it had blocked on Wednesday, although others like that of Communist Party leader Raul Castro..
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Twitter blocks accounts of Raul Castro and Cuban state-run media

U.S. social media firm Twitter Inc has blocked the accounts of Cuban Communist Party Leader Raul Castro, his daughter Mariela Castro and Cuba's top state-run media outlets, a move the Cuban Union of..
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EU stresses support for Cuba even as U.S. hikes sanctions

The European Union is committed to helping Cuba develop its economy, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday during a three-day trip to Havana, even as the United States hikes..
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Cuba asks Canada to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela in their third meeting since May on the South American country's..
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Amnesty International names five new political prisoners in Cuba

Amnesty International named five new prisoners of conscience in Cuba on Monday and said their detention underscored how the presidential handover last year from Raul Castro had not changed the..
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Canada's Freeland to return to Cuba to discuss Venezuelan crisis

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday she would go to Cuba next week to speak with her counterpart there, Bruno Rodriguez, about ending the political and humanitarian crisis in..
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Tourism to Cuba plunges after Trump's tightening of travel ban: data

Tourist arrivals to Cuba plunged 23.6% on the year in July, official data showed on Wednesday, confirming the blow dealt to the sector by the Trump administration's tightening of U.S. restrictions on..
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Cuban government imposes price controls as it seeks to keep lid on inflation

Communist-run Cuba has imposed price controls on goods and services ranging from lemons and pork to haircuts and taxi fares in what it says is an effort to tame inflation as it increases state wages..
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As arms treaty fails, big powers risk new missile race

For those who worried about the risk of the Cold War ending in catastrophe, the early- to mid-1980s were the most alarming period since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
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Cuba reveals health, hotel, other service earnings

Cash-strapped Cuba on Friday for the first time published details of its foreign exchange earnings from services such as telecommunications, hotels, health and education assistance, in an apparent..
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Bolton, Ross to attend Venezuela summit in Peru on Tuesday: sources

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton will attend a summit in Peru to discuss Venezuela on Tuesday, but Venezuela's allies Russia and Cuba turned down invitations to take part, two foreign..
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Cuba, battling economic crisis, imposes sweeping price controls

Communist-run Cuba on Tuesday imposed sweeping price controls on all state and private businesses as it battles a deepening economic crisis and mounting U.S. sanctions.
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Cuban officials attend funeral service for Cardinal Ortega

Cuban government and Communist Party officials attended funeral services for Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega on Sunday in a testament to his success in elevating the Church's position on the..
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Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, leading political figure, dead at 82

Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who came to leverage a rare level of political influence in Cuba for someone outside the Communist Party and played a key role in the island's now defunct detente..
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Cuba says fuel shortage, blackouts are temporary, being fixed

Cuban authorities sought to reassure jittery citizens this week that recent power outages and a fuel shortage were due to temporary problems that were being fixed rather than a broader decline in the..
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Cuba, with one of highest inmate populations, pardons 2,604

Communist-run Cuba, which has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, has pardoned 2,604 convicts, state-run media reported on Friday, without releasing a list of those pardoned.
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Facing new asylum curb, nerves for those waiting at U.S.-Mexico border

Number 12,026 - better known as Marcial Artigas, 33, from Holguin, Cuba - waited nervously at a migration office at the U.S.-Mexico border as a Mexican official called out numbers from a long list of..
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Cuba hopes for slight growth as Trump pummels Caribbean island

Communist-run Cuba put on a brave face Saturday at a mid-year session of the National Assembly, the government insisting it would not let a growing financial crisis and mounting pressure from the..
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Cuba takes first step in railways upgrade with Chinese, Russian help

Cuba's first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden journey across the island on Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit..
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Cuba passes law to improve governance that keeps one-party system

Communist-run Cuba passed a new electoral law on Saturday that restructures governance including creating the role of prime minister and provincial governors while retaining the one-party system.
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Cuba sees tourism dropping 8.5% due to Trump travel restrictions

Tourism to Cuba will likely drop 8.5% this year in the wake of tighter U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island, the government said on Thursday, and the decline in arrivals will further..
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Peru to host international talks on Venezuela in Lima next month

Peru has invited China, Russia, Cuba, the United States and dozens of other countries to Lima on Aug. 6 to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, Peru's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
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Peru invites China, Russia, Cuba and others to discuss Venezuela in Lima

Peru has invited China, Russia, Cuba, Bolivia, Turkey and dozens of other countries to Lima on Aug. 6 to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, Peru's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
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U.S. sanctions Cuban state-run oil firm over Venezuela

The United States has targeted Cuba's state-run company Cubametales as part of its Venezuela-related sanctions, according to a notice posted on the U.S. Treasury Department's website on Wednesday.
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Cuba legalizes independent movie-making

Cuba's Communist government on Thursday issued a decree legalizing the country's independent movie industry in a move that should facilitate production, although critics said it fails to resolve issues..
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Russia warns of repeat of 1962 Cuban missile crisis

The U.S. deployment of land-based missile systems near Russia's borders could lead to a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted..
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Cuba forces dissidents into exile, advocacy group says

Cuba's state security is pressuring dissidents to go into exile in its attempt to weaken opposition on the Communist-run island, a non-governmental human rights organization said on Wednesday.
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Venezuela Socialist Party deputy meets Castro in show of unity on Cuba trip

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello met with Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro on Friday in Havana in a show of unity as the United States steps up pressure on the..
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Canada says Cuba will have a role to play in Venezuela's return to democracy

Cuba will have a role to play in Venezuela's return to democracy, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Friday, even though Ottawa and Havana disagree on whether President Nicolas Maduro..
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Venezuela Socialist Party deputy head visits ally Cuba for two days

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello met with Cuban government officials on Friday during a trip to Havana in a show of unity even as Cuba is being courted to help resolve..
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Cuba's private-sector workers say Trump's travel curbs will hurt them too

Lazaro Hernandez, who has made a good living showing U.S. cruise ship passengers around Havana in his pink 1950s Chevrolet, says the new U.S. ban on cruises to Cuba will wipe out 90% of his business..
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U.S. cruise operators stop sailing to Cuba; travelers vent anger online

Major U.S. cruise operators said on Wednesday they will no longer sail to Cuba following the Trump administration's ban on travel to the Caribbean island, angering travelers and prompting worries about..
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Trump administration ban on cruises to Cuba creates chaos for U.S. travelers

The Trump administration banned cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island imposed on Tuesday to pressure its Communist government to reform and stop supporting..
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Trump administration tightens restrictions on Cuba travel

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on travel to Cuba, saying the move aimed to further pressure the Communist government over its support for Venezuela's embattled..
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