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Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta stars in own biopic


HAVANA For Carlos Acosta, the son of a black truck driver in Communist-run Cuba, overcoming poverty, prejudice and politics to become a global ballet legend, write a best-selling memoir and create his own dance company was not enough.

Cuba defends controversial arts decree but seeks consensus on norms

HAVANA Cuba's Communist government defended on Friday a controversial new decree tightening control on the cultural sector but said it would seek artists' backing for how it will be implemented, a move those who had protested against the decree hailed as a victory.

World, Dec 08 2018

Cuba president says policy changes address people's concerns, not a setback

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his government's last-minute changes to policies that went into effect on Friday following widespread criticism showed it listens to the people and were not a setback.

World, Dec 07 2018

Cuba reinforces public transport as it clamps down on private taxis

HAVANA Cuba's government said on Thursday it was importing hundreds of microbuses and buses to alleviate a growing transport shortage in Havana due to its clampdown on private sector taxis.

World, Dec 06 2018

Bruguera and other Cuban artists detained ahead of protest over decree

HAVANA Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture.

World, Arts, Dec 04 2018

Canada reviews Cuba presence after another diplomat falls ill

TORONTO Canada's government is reviewing its diplomatic presence in Cuba, officials said on Thursday, after another staff member developed the same mysterious health problems that first began affecting diplomats last year.

World, Nov 29 2018

Brazil fills over 90 percent of doctor vacancies as Cubans head home

RIO DE JANEIRO As Cuban doctors in Brazil begin to head home amid a diplomatic spat between Havana and the South American country's far-right president-elect, Brazil's health ministry said on Friday that it had filled nearly all of the resulting vacancies.

Health, World, Brazil Nov 23 2018

Spanish PM agrees closer ties with Cuba during historic visit

MADRID/HAVANA Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez agreed with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to deepen bilateral political ties on Thursday, at the start of the first official visit by a Spanish leader to the Communist-run country in three decades.

World, Spain Nov 22 2018

Cuban doctors head home, leaving Brazilian towns with no care

BRASILIA The first of thousands of Cuban doctors left Brazil on Thursday after criticism by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba's government to sever a cooperation agreement, leaving millions of Brazilians without medical care.

World, Brazil Nov 22 2018

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctions on Cuban officials over role in Venezuela crackdown

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials who it says are helping Venezuela's socialist government crackdown on dissent, according to a source with knowledge of the deliberations.

World, Nov 21 2018

U.S. House calls on Myanmar to release Reuters journalists

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives called nearly unanimously on Thursday for the government of Myanmar to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned one year ago in a landmark free speech case.