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Leonardo Carrillo feeds pelicans in front of his home in Guanimar, Cuba.(REUTERS)

‘They are like my children’: Cuban man living by the sea befriends pelicans

Reuters | , Guanimar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2021 11:09 AM IST
For the past two decades, the 62-year-old has cared for the colony of around 100 brown pelicans that land in his village of Guanimar.
Raul Castro (right) with Miguel Diaz-Canel, the newly appointed Communist Party chief, at the Convention Palace in Havana.(REUTERS)
Raul Castro (right) with Miguel Diaz-Canel, the newly appointed Communist Party chief, at the Convention Palace in Havana.(REUTERS)

After six decades of family monopoly, Cuba gets ready to step into a non-Castro

Reuters | , Havana
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 12:56 AM IST
The succession marks the end of six decades of rule by brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, who led a 1959 revolution in the Caribbean island nation of 11 million, installing a Communist-run country on the doorstep of the United States.
Cuban Communist party leader Raul Castro(AP Photo)
Cuban Communist party leader Raul Castro(AP Photo)

US planned to assassinate Raul Castro in 1960: Declassified documents

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 05:55 AM IST
"These documents remind us of a dark and sinister past in US operations against the Cuban revolution," National Security Archive analyst Peter Kornbluh told AFP.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) holds up the arm of his brother, Raul Castro, first secretary of Cuba's communist party.(Reuters / File Photo)
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (L) holds up the arm of his brother, Raul Castro, first secretary of Cuba's communist party.(Reuters / File Photo)

Cuba's Raul Castro to step down, ending 60 years of family monopoly

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 07:17 AM IST
On Friday, an 89-year-old Raul Castro will relinquish the country's most powerful position -- that of party first secretary -- to 60-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's president.
Cuba to force travellers to quarantine as virus cases rise(Unsplash)
Cuba to force travellers to quarantine as virus cases rise(Unsplash)

Cuba will now make travellers quarantine to stop the spread of virus

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 07:23 AM IST
On Saturday, Cuba announced that a new set of restrictions will be implemented to stop the further spread of the novel coronavirus. According to these, everyone travelling to Cuba will have to quarantine for some time
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin(Reuters/ File photo)
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin(Reuters/ File photo)

US imposes sanctions on Cuba citing human rights violations

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 05:42 AM IST
The sanctions will be implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and directed “against the perpetrators of serious human rights abuses and corruption throughout the world,” the US government said in a news release.
The previous Obama Administration had previously removed from this designation, which subjects Cuba to sanctions that penalise persons and countries engaging in certain trade with it, restricts US foreign assistance, bans defence exports and sales, and imposes certain controls on exports of dual-use items.(REUTERS)
The previous Obama Administration had previously removed from this designation, which subjects Cuba to sanctions that penalise persons and countries engaging in certain trade with it, restricts US foreign assistance, bans defence exports and sales, and imposes certain controls on exports of dual-use items.(REUTERS)

Trump administration re-designates Cuba as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:23 AM IST
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the US government had been focused from the start on denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to "oppress its people at home, and countering its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere".
President-elect Joe Biden removes his mask as he arrives to speak after the Electoral College formally elected him as president, Monday at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware.(AP)
President-elect Joe Biden removes his mask as he arrives to speak after the Electoral College formally elected him as president, Monday at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware.(AP)

Biden plans Cuba reset in rebuke of Trump’s sanctions strategy

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 10:04 PM IST
The prospect of a détente between Washington and Havana rekindles memories of the thaw that Biden helped champion during the Obama administration, when the two nations restored diplomatic ties that had been broken for decades following Fidel Castro’s rise to power.
A man holds a Chinese flag from a house opposite the US Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province.(REUTERS)
A man holds a Chinese flag from a house opposite the US Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province.(REUTERS)

Mysterious injuries suffered by US diplomats in China, Cuba likely caused by microwave energy: Study

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 04:05 PM IST
The researchers said that the chronic symptoms that were reported are often seen in patients after head trauma, as a result of chemical exposure, infectious diseases, or stress in a hostile environment.
The demonstration, and official willingness to deal with the participants is unusual in a country whose government historically has had little tolerance for open protest.(Associated Press)
The demonstration, and official willingness to deal with the participants is unusual in a country whose government historically has had little tolerance for open protest.(Associated Press)

Artists say Cuba government agrees to dialogue, tolerance

Havana | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 01:48 PM IST
A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals say they won an unusual government vow of greater tolerance for independent art on Saturday after a demonstration in front of the Culture Ministry.
The Republican president reverted instead to a decades-old US policy of choking the one-party state’s already inefficient state-run economy to force reform(Reuters)
The Republican president reverted instead to a decades-old US policy of choking the one-party state’s already inefficient state-run economy to force reform(Reuters)

US Election 2020: Cuba has a big stake in US election after Trump’s trashing of detente

Havana | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 10:03 PM IST
Cuba has more at stake in the upcoming US election than most countries in Latin America as the Trump administration has focused much of its foreign policy in the region on measures aimed, it says, at bringing about democracy in the country
The Gulf Coast braced for a history-making onslaught from tropical storms Marco and Laura, with many evacuees recalling the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.(AFP/ RAMMB/NOAA)
The Gulf Coast braced for a history-making onslaught from tropical storms Marco and Laura, with many evacuees recalling the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.(AFP/ RAMMB/NOAA)

Tropical storm Marco approaches Louisiana for expected landfall

Port Au Prince, Haiti | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Marco had grown into a hurricane early Sunday, but the National Hurricane Center said its sustained winds decreased to 70 mph (110 kph) after nightfall.
Retired Cuban nurse Feridia Rojas, 82, wears cardboard shaped into a house.(REUTERS)
Retired Cuban nurse Feridia Rojas, 82, wears cardboard shaped into a house.(REUTERS)

Elderly woman dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus in Cuba

Havana | By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 11:29 AM IST
Feridia Rojas, 82, decided to build and wear mobile housing to shield herself from the virus that is particularly deadly to seniors in a country.
Local media said the person arrested was a man who fired about 30 rounds from an assault rifle-type weapon.(HT archives. Representative image)
Local media said the person arrested was a man who fired about 30 rounds from an assault rifle-type weapon.(HT archives. Representative image)

Assailant opens fire on Cuban embassy in Washington, one person arrested: Report

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2020 07:48 PM IST
“This morning at approximately 2:15 am, US Secret Service officers responded to the Embassy of Cuba following reports of shots fired,” the Secret Service said in a statement.
The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 564 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths.(AP file photo)
The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 564 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths.(AP file photo)

Cuba hits out at ‘cruel’ US sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 02:51 PM IST
First imposed on October 19, 1960 in response to Havana’s nationalization of US-owned oil refineries, and extended in 1962, the embargo is an enduring legacy of the Cold War hostilities between the two countries.
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, named as Cuba's first prime minister(Reuters file photo)
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, named as Cuba's first prime minister(Reuters file photo)

Cuba gets first prime minister in over 40 years

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 08:39 AM IST
The appointment of Marrero, 56, as head of government is part of a process of decentralization and generational change from the revolutionary old guard that is aimed at extending and protecting Communist Party rule.
The island received 4.75 million tourists last year.(Unsplash)
The island received 4.75 million tourists last year.(Unsplash)

Havana at 500: A city in four portraits

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 03:43 PM IST
As Havana celebrate its 500th anniversary on November 16, four Havana residents reflect upon the city’s historic sites, street art and how Havana people are cheerful. Read on.
Two people briefed on the matter say the Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities but Havana in the latest move to roll back Obama-era easing of relations. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
Two people briefed on the matter say the Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities but Havana in the latest move to roll back Obama-era easing of relations. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

Washington banning US flights to all Cuban cities but Havana

Havana | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 06:38 AM IST
The stated reason for the move is to prevent tourism to Cuba, which is banned by U.S. law. But it is not clear how many people take the flights for tourism purposes.
So revered is Alicia Alonso in Cuba - where a perfume carries her name and the huge Coppelia ice cream parlour is named after one of her signature roles.(Instagram)
So revered is Alicia Alonso in Cuba - where a perfume carries her name and the huge Coppelia ice cream parlour is named after one of her signature roles.(Instagram)

Alicia Alonso, the ballet legend from Cuba, dies at age 98

Cuba | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 01:29 PM IST
One of the greatest 20th century ballerinas, Alonso used her star power to make a sometimes elitist art form popular on her Caribbean island, forging the world’s largest ballet school with a unique bravura style.
Amit Panghal has reached Worlds final.(PTI)
Amit Panghal has reached Worlds final.(PTI)

Amit Panghal has ‘unfinished business’ ahead of World Championships final

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 09:11 PM IST
Panghal on Friday became the first Indian boxer to enter the finals of the Men’s World Boxing Championships. He defeated Saken Bibossinov 3-2 in the semi-finals in the 52 kg weight category.
Cuban Communist party leader Raul Castro(AP Photo)
Cuban Communist party leader Raul Castro(AP Photo)

Twitter suspends accounts of Raul Castro, Cuban media outlets

San Francisco | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 04:03 PM IST
Twitter torpedoed the accounts on Wednesday, just when Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel was addressing the nation on state-run TV about fuel shortage due to US sanctions.
The rare Cuban greater funnel-eared bats are getting “manicures.”(Facebook/Zoological Society of London)
The rare Cuban greater funnel-eared bats are getting “manicures.”(Facebook/Zoological Society of London)

Rare bats get ‘manicures’ from scientists in Cuba. Here’s why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 12:03 PM IST
In this method, the conservationists use different combinations of nail polish to colour the claws of each bat.
Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021(AP)
Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021(AP)

Alleged 9/11 plotters at Guantanamo to go on trial in 2021: Report

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 09:59 AM IST
A military judge at the US Navy’s Guantanamo, Cuba base set the date for the death-penalty trial for January 11, 2021, according to the newspaper.
(Unsplash)
(Unsplash)

Cuba falls in love with beards again - and it’s not about Fidel Castro

Havana | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 03:38 PM IST
Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro’s revolution, but after falling out of favour, facial hair is back - and this time, it’s not political.
Ernesto Che Guevara with VK Krishna Menon on July 3, 1959.(HT archives)
Ernesto Che Guevara with VK Krishna Menon on July 3, 1959.(HT archives)

In India on 60 years of Cuban revolution, Che’s daughter says world needs more people like him

Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 09:53 AM IST
Che was assassinated when she was just six years old.
This image provided by the American Medical Association in July 2019 shows the differences between brain scans of patients, US diplomats who developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba, and a control group.(AP)
This image provided by the American Medical Association in July 2019 shows the differences between brain scans of patients, US diplomats who developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba, and a control group.(AP)

‘Something happened to their brains’: Expert on 40 US envoys who worked in Cuba

Washington | By Agence France Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 10:35 AM IST
From late 2016, diplomats posted in Havana and some of their family members suffered unexplained symptoms ranging from poor balance and vertigo to lack of coordination, unusual eye movements, anxiety and what victims called a “cognitive fog.”
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