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Cuba holds one-party vote as post-Castro era looms


HAVANA Cubans went to the polls on Sunday in a one-party vote, the last step before a new president is selected next month, as the Communist-ruled island prepares to be led for the first time since the 1959 revolution by someone whose last name is not Castro. | Video

Factbox: Cuba's one-party socialist system among last in world

HAVANA Cubans vote on Sunday to ratify two official lists of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies, the final step in a process that is set to culminate with Raul Castro stepping down as president on April 19.

World, Mar 11 2018

Cuban artist switches Havana's neon lights back on

HAVANA After dusk in Havana, an ice-blue neon sign illuminates the faded facade of the Cine El Megano, one of many abandoned movie houses in the Cuban capital, lighting up a once vibrant corner at the heart of the Caribbean city that had gone pitch black in recent decades. | Video

Mar 01 2018

Cuban cigar sales hit record as China demand surges

HAVANA A surge in sales of Cuba's legendary cigars in China helped manufacturer Habanos S.A.'s global revenue rise 12 percent to hit a record of around $500 million last year, the company said on Monday at the start of Cuba's annual cigar festival. | Video

China Feb 27 2018

Cuban comedian denounces discriminatory policies, attitudes on island

HAVANA Cuban comedian Luis Silva, better known as his popular television character Panfilo, denounced discriminatory policies against Cubans in their own country in a Facebook post on Friday, in an unusually strong, public criticism of the government.

China tries to charm tech-savvy Taiwanese youth as political ties fray

SHANGHAI/TAIPEI A start-up incubator on the outskirts of Shanghai is laying out sweeteners for budding entrepreneurs: Free office space, subsidized housing rent, tax breaks and in some cases, cash of up to 200,000 yuan ($31,211.47).

World, China Feb 08 2018

Trump task force on expanding Cuba internet meets for first time

WASHINGTON/HAVANA A U.S. task force ordered by President Donald Trump agreed on Wednesday to spend the next year examining ways to expand internet access and the free flow of information in Communist-run Cuba.

World, Tech, Feb 07 2018

Exclusive: Cuba grants visa to senior U.S. diplomat to lead Havana embassy

HAVANA/WASHINGTON Cuba has given a visa to a senior American diplomat to lead the U.S. embassy in Havana, a U.S. official said, in a sign both nations want to keep open lines of communication despite a sharp deterioration in relations since President Donald Trump took office.

World, Feb 07 2018

Cuban independent media say no thanks to Trump free press initiative

HAVANA Leading Cuban independent media said they want nothing to do with a Trump administration initiative to foster more such outlets on the communist-run isle, contending it interferes in Cuba's politics and creates the impression they are U.S. mouthpieces.

Tech, World, Feb 06 2018

Ex-Cuba prisoner Gross criticizes U.S. plan to foster internet on island

HAVANA When Alan Gross heard the Trump administration's renewed U.S. push to expand internet in Cuba, disbelief washed over the American who spent five years in a Cuban jail for trying to establish clandestine communication service on the Communist-run island.

U.S., Tech, Politics, Election 2016, Feb 04 2018

Assad closer to Ghouta victory, as some rebels prepare to quit

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns on Thursday and insurgents prepared to surrender another.