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Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families


(Corrects paragraph 7 to show Trump issued a warning on travel to Cuba, not a ban on travel to Cuba)

Cuba battling medicine shortages in wake of cash crunch

HAVANA Cuba is working on fixing chronic medicine shortages that started appearing a year ago due to its cash crunch, health officials said in an article published late on Thursday in ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Health, Dec 01 2017

Nestle, Cuba lay first stone for $55 million coffee and biscuit factory

HAVANA Cuba and Swiss firm Nestle on Tuesday laid the first stone of a $55 million coffee and biscuits factory joint venture in the Mariel special development zone, the latest major foreign investment in the Communist-run island.

Nov 28 2017

Cuba begins harvest of weather-battered sugar crop

HAVANA The first of Cuba's 53 sugar mills has opened for what is expected to be a poor harvest after 18 months of drought, followed by damage to the crop and mills from Hurricane Irma in September.

Cuba holds municipal elections on road to Castro era’s end

HAVANA Cuba took another step on Sunday toward the end of the Castro era, with millions of residents placing paper ballots in cardboard boxes for ward delegates to municipal assemblies.

World, Nov 26 2017

Cuba marks anniversary of Fidel death as post-Castro era nears

HAVANA Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday with a week of vigils nationwide, as the island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of the Castro brothers' rule. | Video

World, Nov 24 2017

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.

World, North Korea Nov 24 2017

Cuba, North Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' U.S. demands

HAVANA Cuba's foreign minister and his North Korean counterpart rejected the United States' "unilateral and arbitrary" demands on Wednesday while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, the ministry said.

World, North Korea Nov 23 2017

Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

HAVANA An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Nov 18 2017

Yara buys Vale fertilizer complex in Brazil for $255 million

SAO PAULO Norway's Yara International ASA , a global producer and distributor of fertilizers, has reached an agreement to buy Vale SA's fertilizer complex in Cubatão, Brazil, for $255 million in cash, the company said on Friday.

Brazil Nov 17 2017

'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.