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In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue

KOCHI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The inventor of an innovative solar chick incubator, solar milking machine and solar-powered boat now has his newest item rolling onto the streets in this southern Indian city: A solar rickshaw taxi.

Cuban ballet school takes first American full-timer

HAVANA Catherine Conley, the first American full-time student at Cuba's prestigious National Ballet School, hopes to gain an edge back home by learning the powerful Cuban style with its dazzling turns and jumps. | Video

Entertainment, Oct 18 2016

Top Republican pledges to maintain Cuba trade embargo

WASHINGTON The top Republican in the U.S. Congress dimmed hopes that lawmakers might end the embargo on Cuba after President Barack Obama leaves office, saying on Tuesday he intends to keep the trade restrictions in place.

Election 2016, Politics, Oct 18 2016

Pernod Ricard welcomes U.S. move on Cuban rum

PARIS An easing of limits on how much rum Americans can bring back from Cuba for personal use brings Pernod Ricard a step closer to being allowed to export its Cuban-made rum directly to U.S. consumers.

Oct 17 2016

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

WASHINGTON/HAVANA Americans traveling to Cuba will be allowed to bring home more of the communist-ruled island's coveted cigars and rum under new measures announced by the U.S. government on Friday to further ease trade, travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades. | Video

Election 2016, Politics, U.S., Oct 14 2016

Vietnam says no to foreign military base on its soil

HANOI Vietnam said on Thursday it would not allow other countries to set up military bases there, just days after Russia said it was considering reopening Soviet-era bases in Vietnam and Cuba.

World, Russia Oct 13 2016

Cuban town avoided Hurricane Matthew's deadly fury with preparation

BARACOA, Cuba Hurricane Matthew reduced much of the Cuban town of Baracoa to rubble, whipping up giant waves that demolished cement buildings and winds that tore off roofs, but there's one thing it didn't do: take lives.

Russia considers military bases in Vietnam and Cuba: agencies

MOSCOW Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the Cold War, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday.

World, Russia Oct 07 2016

Hurricane Matthew hammers Haiti and Cuba, bears down on U.S.

LES CAYES, Haiti/GUANTANAMO, Cuba Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, hit Cuba and Haiti with winds of well over 100 miles-per-hour on Tuesday, pummeling towns, farmland and resorts and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to take cover. | Video

World, Environment, Oct 05 2016

Caribbean fears for coastal families as Hurricane Matthew gets close

LES CAYES, Haiti/KINGSTON Haiti and Jamaica urged residents in vulnerable coastal areas to evacuate and Cuba suspended flights on Sunday as bands of rain from Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to menace Caribbean nations since 2007, drenched the Jamaican capital. | Video


Iraqi Kurds claim capture of town in advance on Mosul

ERBIL Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq. | Video