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Kofi Annan in Cuba to boost Colombia-FARC peace talks

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Cuba on Thursday to prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas to clinch a dragging peace agreement.

Spain blasts ex-PM meeting with Castro in Cuba

Spain`s conservative government reacted angrily Thursday to a visit by former Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to Cuba and his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, calling it disloyal.

Uruguay's Mujica: Guantanamo turned inmates ''halfway into vegetables''

Six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay as part of a push by President Barack Obama to close the US military`s prison camp in Cuba were "turned halfway into vegetables" during their detention, outgoing President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday.

Cuba, US at odds on ending Havana`s terror blacklist

Just two days ahead of a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties frozen for five decades, Cuba and the United States on Wednesday staked out competing demands to ensure progress.

North Korea renames ships to evade UN sanctions: Report

North Korea has managed to evade UN sanctions targeting a key shipping company by renaming and reflagging vessels which continue to operate, a UN report said Wednesday.

Russia, Abu Dhabi in talks on Cuba airport: Report

Russia is seeking backing from Abu Dhabi investors to build a giant airport in Cuba seen as an international gateway to Latin America, a report said Wednesday.

US concerned about `violent silencing` in Cuba

The top US diplomat for Latin America expressed concern Monday about the "violent silencing" of dissidents in Cuba, days before the resumption of US-Cuba talks.

US Democrat delegation meets with Cuban vice president

The minority leader of the US House of Representatives and a delegation of fellow Democrats have met with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the man currently expected to take power after President Raul Castro leaves office in 2018.

Venezuela`s Maduro says met Fidel Castro in Cuba

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that he had visited Cuba and met retired leader Fidel Castro, considered one of his leftist mentors.

Cuban FM meets US officials on normalising ties

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives visiting the island as part of efforts to normalise ties.

In Cuba, US senators urge bipartisan end to embargo

Democratic senators visiting Havana called Tuesday for a bipartisan effort in the US Congress to lift the decades-old embargo against communist Cuba.

New aggressive form of HIV discovered in Cuba

A new aggressive form of HIV can progress to AIDS in just three years - so rapidly that patients may not even realise they were infected, scientists say.

Streaming service Netflix launches in Cuba

Streaming service Netflix has reportedly launched in Cuba.

US officials cautious as Cuba political detentions decline

Political detentions have declined in Cuba since the Dec. 17 US-Cuban rapprochement but it is unclear if this is a trend, a US human rights official told a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Cuba detained 140 political prisoners in January: US official

  Cuba has temporarily detained about 140 political prisoners in January since Washington announced it was seeking to restore diplomatic relations with Havana, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

Cuba releases photos of former leader Fidel Castro amid health speculations
Cuba releases photos of former leader Fidel Castro amid health speculations

Amidst rising speculations over the failing heath of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the official media released his photographs at his residence.

US says `no` to handing Guantanamo back to Cuba

Efforts to improve ties with Cuba will not extend to handing control of Guantanamo Bay back to Havana, the White House said on Thursday.

Raul Castro demands end of US embargo to renew ties

Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday demanded an end to the US embargo against his country in order to make progress in talks to normalize relations.

Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe.

I don`t trust the US, nor have I spoken with them: Fidel Castro

 Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday.