In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom


HAVANA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As warming relations with the United States bring new money and tourists to Havana, some black Cubans like Miguel Campuzano Perez say racial inequalities are widening and they are being left out of a potential capitalist boom.

Bacardi demands U.S. explain giving Havana Club brand to Cuba

HAVANA Bacardi on Monday sought U.S. records to explain the U.S. government's decision to strip the spirits company of its right to the Havana Club brand name and hand it back to a Cuban state company partnered with a global rival.

01 Feb 2016

France to offer Cuba more debt relief during Castro visit: source

PARIS France is to sign a deal with Cuba next week to ease the Caribbean island nation's bilateral debt to Paris during a visit by the Cuban president to the French capital, a diplomatic source said on Friday.

World, France 29 Jan 2016

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop

SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States.

Environment, 28 Jan 2016

Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba's tourism industry

HAVANA Cuba's tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island. | Video

U.S., 26 Jan 2016

Mexico, Central American countries OK plan for stranded Cubans

SAN JOSE Mexico and Central American countries approved a plan on Wednesday for more flights that would allow thousands of Cubans stranded in Costa Rica to continue on to the United States.

World, Mexico 20 Jan 2016

In a reversal, Cuba tries price controls to tame food inflation

HAVANA Cuba is backtracking on some key agricultural reforms and experimenting with restoring price controls in the face of public demands that the government tame rising food costs.

World, 20 Jan 2016

Mexico to grant transit visas to Cuban migrants

MEXICO CITY Mexico on Wednesday said it plans to grant 20-day transit visas to a group of 180 Cubans who were chosen from thousands stranded in Costa Rica to continue on their long journey toward the United States.

World, Mexico 13 Jan 2016

First group of stranded Cuban migrants leaves Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica A first group of 180 Cubans chosen from thousands stranded in Costa Rica boarded a flight to El Salvador on Tuesday as part of a pilot program agreed by Central America countries last year to allow the migrants to continue toward the United States.

World, 13 Jan 2016

Republican Rubio authors Senate bill to curb Cuban immigration benefits

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, and a fellow Cuban-American lawmaker introduced legislation on Tuesday that would cut back on some of the special benefits given to immigrants from Cuba.

Election 2016, Politics, 12 Jan 2016

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington for greater commitment towards resolving the five-year-old war ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.