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A vigil in Havana to remember Cuban victims for terrorism

Firm and absolute condemnation of the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a State sponsor of terrorism

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba The Ministry of Foreign Relations condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act.For months now, there ... read more

Trump returns Cuba to U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism

News from Cuba | Monday, 11 January 2021

The Trump administration has announced that it is returning Cuba to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that could complicate any efforts by the incoming Biden administration to revive Obama-era detente with Havana. Just nine days before Republican President Donald Trump leaves office, Secretary of State Mike ... read more

What will Cuba’s new single currency mean for the island?

News from Cuba | Friday, 1 January 2021

Cuba is devaluing its peso for the first time since the 1959 revolution with profound consequences for its people. The Cuban government formally ended its dual currency system on Friday, devaluing its peso for the first time since the 1959 revolution that swept the late Fidel Castro to power. The ... read more

Trump administration adds Cuban bank to US restricted list

News from Cuba | Friday, 1 January 2021

Cuban foreign minister rejects the move as a ‘punitive measure’ that aims to tighten the US blockade against Cuba. In a statement on Friday, the US State Department said it was adding Banco Financiero International SA (BFI) to the Cuba Restricted List, a list of entities that the US alleges have ... read more

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has three weeks left until the inauguration to decide whether Cuba should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism

Pompeo Weighs Plan to Place Cuba on U.S. Terrorism Sponsor List

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 29 December 2020

The move would complicate any effort by the incoming Biden administration to resume President Barack Obama’s thaw in relations with Havana.State Department officials have drawn up a proposal to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a final-hour foreign policy move that would complicate plans by the incoming Biden ... read more

Cuba Cuba to Ask COVID-19 Negative Test Result From Foreign Visitors

News from Cuba | Sunday, 27 December 2020

Cuba's Foreign Affairs Ministry (Minrex) Thursday announced that all international travelers entering the country as of January 1 must present a COVID-19 negative test result. The test must be performed by a certified laboratory in the country of origin no later than 72 hours before the trip. The measure comes amid a ... read more

220 Cuban Doctors To Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic in Panama

News from Cuba | Thursday, 24 December 2020

Panama on Thursday received 220 Cuban doctors who came to fight the pandemic in the Central American country that has the highest incidence rate of the disease in the continent. On Dec. 15, Health Minister Luis Sucre announced the hiring of foreign doctors and the beginning of adjustments in health facilities ... read more

US Treasury Identifies Cuban State-Owned Businesses for Sanctions Evasion

News from Cuba | Monday, 21 December 2020

On 21 December the US government added a further three Cuban companies to it's blacklist of Cuban sanctioned companies. The full statement from the US Treasury Department is reproduced below. Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified three entities controlled by ... read more

Miami Five hero Gerardo Hernandez elected to Cuba's Council of State

News from Cuba | Friday, 18 December 2020

CUBAN national hero Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo was elected to the country’s Council of State today — almost six years to the day after he was released from prison in the US. Mr Hernandez was elected to fill a vacancy in the body which oversees the work of the National Assembly of ... read more

Cuba says economy shrank 11% in 2020, thwarts 'soft coup' attempts

News from Cuba | Friday, 18 December 2020

Cuba’s already cash-strapped economy shrank 11% in 2020 due to the pandemic and tougher U.S. sanctions but the government thwarted attempts by anti-communists to exploit this momentary weakness in a bid to topple it, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Thursday. Addressing a year-end session of the Communist-run country’s parliament, Diaz-Canel celebrated ... read more