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  • CARICOM and Cuba Foreign Ministers get together in Grenada

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba will hold discussions on advancing cooperation on developmental issues between the two sides on Friday 6 September in Grenada. A special retreat of CARICOM’s Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), preceded Friday’s meeting. CARICOM-Cuba Cooperation, which dates back to 1972, has seen…

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  • Fidel Castro’s role in Cuba is chiefly offstage as he turns 87

    HAVANA, (Reuters) – Fidel Castro turns 87 today, largely out of sight but not out of mind, as Cuba struggles to move on from his half-century rule and as many of his policies are reconsidered under the leadership of his younger brother Raul. The birthday of one of Latin America’s most iconic revolutionary figures has been a low key celebration…

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  • CUBA-POLITICS-Widow of late Cuban dissident calls for international inquiry

    MIAMI, CMC – The widow of a Cuban dissident killed in a car crash in Cuba last year has called for an international inquiry into his death. Ofelia Acevedo, the widow of Oswaldo Payá, told reporters here that claims by the Spanish driver of the car in which Payá was travelling make it even more relevant for an international investigation.…

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  • US resumes migration talks with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States says it has resumed migration talks with Cuba, marking the first time since January 2011 that the periodic talks have been held. US and Cuban officials met here on Wednesday to discuss the implementation of the 1994 and 1995 US-Cuba Migration Accords. Under the Accords, both governments pledge to promote safe, legal, and orderly…

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  • Slow economic activity despite reforms

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – Cuba said Monday its economy will fall short of the 3.6 percent goal for growth, an indication that President Raúl Castro’s reforms are generating little new economic activity. According to the official Cuban Communist party newspaper, Granma, despite the forecast, Castro was happy about the report on his reforms of the economy. “We continue advancing, and…

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  • US resumes migration talks with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States says it will resume migration talks with Cuba after a long suspension. “Continuing to ensure secure migration between the US and Cuba is consistent with our interests in promoting greater freedoms and increased respect for human rights in Cuba,” said US Department of State spokesman William Ostick in a statement. Ostick said that US…

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  • Top US officials call for closure of detention center in Cuba

    WASHINGTON, CMC – After visiting the controversial Guantánamo detention center in Cuba, a top United States official and two legislators have called for its immediate closure. “We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantánamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations,” said US President Barack Obama’s chief…

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  • Oil exploration suspended

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – A Russian state oil company drilling off Cuba’s northern shores says it is temporarily halting its exploration. Zarubezhneft said it was halting work because of “geological” problems but will resume oil exploration next year. The announcement signaled an end to the only active exploration program in Cuba which now relies on highly subsidized oil from Venezuela.…

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  • St. Lucia PM receives one of Cuba’s highest honours

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – Cuba has bestowed the Jose Marti medal of honour on St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, who is on an official visit to the Caribbean Communist country. The award is the highest honour bestowed upon a foreign dignitary by the Cuba government. On Tuesday, Anthony laid a wreath at the base of the monument of…

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  • CUBA-POLITICS-St. Lucia PM underscores importance of diplomatic relations with Cuba

    HAVANA, Cuba, CMC – St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony began a five-day official visit to Cuba on Monday praising the Caribbean Communist country for support to his island “with no strings attached”. Anthony met with the President of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Kenya Serrano as well as mothers of five Cubans imprisoned in the United…

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