Cuba open for business as tourist numbers drop over coronavirus | AFP

Tourist reservations in Cuba have dropped more than 10 percent in March so far because of coronavirus, says the ministry of tourism — an industry that is key to the country’s economy. While some countries are putting up barriers, holiday makers are still welcome to the island and some hotels like the renowned Hotel Nacional are taking extra steps to keep their rooms clean. Cuba announced its first novel coronavirus case on Wednesday.

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Cuba anuncia los primeros tres casos del coronavirus

Cuba anuncia los primeros tres casos del coronavirus

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On This Day: 3 March 1997

Fifth Harmony member and “Havana” singer Camila Cabello was born in Cuba. (March 3)

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Los productores de tabaco en Cuba tuvieron una cosecha abundante este año

Los productores de tabaco en Cuba tuvieron una cosecha abundante este año

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Bernie Sanders’ Cuba comments draw criticism

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is facing blowback from both parties for his comments about the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Democratic representative Donna Shalala of Florida told reporters ‘he doesn’t get it.'” (Feb. 25)

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Llegan gladiadores a Cuba en una visita inusual desde EEUU

Inicia en Cuba inusual visita de atletas y prelados de EEUU en tiempos de Trump

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Not even Havana Club rum is safe from the US grip on Cuba | AFP

US sanctions against Cuba have made life tough for producers of the island’s signature alcoholic drink, rum, but despite running a gauntl et of obstacles, they’re still managing to thrive.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at NYC court

Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at NYC court

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Today in History for January 1st

Highlights of Today in History: Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba; Abraham Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation; Ellis Island opens; Hank Williams Senior dies. (Jan. 1)

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US-Cuba relations: from sudden warming to icy plunge | AFP

Cold War enemies for more than five decades, Cuba and the United States dramatically improved their ties in 2014 before an icy reversal under President Donald Trump five years ago.

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During fuel shortage, oxen and horses keep Cuba moving | AFP

Farmers plow their fields with oxen, Cubans use horse-drawn carriages to travel: amid a lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, animal traction has made a comeback on the island to meet its transport and agricultural needs.

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Havana at 500: a doctor for the people | AFP

Doctor Alina Gonzalez, 57, looks after some of Cuba’s 2,000 centenarians. The island’s 11.2 million people have an average life expectancy of 79.5 years — comparable to that of rich nations. Since 1962, a US embargo has made daily life in Cuba hard, even for doctors like herself. Complications have increased in recent months after the US tightened trade restrictions further.

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Havana at 500: a silver fairy in Old Havana

Beatriz Estevez, 29, gave up her law studies and turned to the arts. The streets of Old Havana are now her everyday stage where she performs as a living statue. Her character the ‘silver fairy’ has become an almost permanent fixture there. For those like Beatriz who work in the tourism sector in Cuba, opportunities are rife. On average, self-employed Cubans can make up four times as much as state employees.

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Havana’s 500th anniversary: Actress Beatriz Estevez | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. Once in a while actress Beatriz Estevez turns into a statue of a fairy in the streets of the capital, as she believes “we are more than what is typically known about Cuba”.

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Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations | AFP

Spain’s King Felipe VI begins an unprecedented visit to Cuba to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the capital Havana at a time of increased tensions between the island nation and the United States. IMAGES

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Electric motorcycles help Cuba ride out a fuel shortage | AFP

The vintage urban panorama of Havana is changing with “almendrones” – those old and classic cars – making way for “motorinas”, electric motorcycles. Since customs authorized their import in 2013, the eco-friendly bikes have become an important part of Cuba’s urban transportation, even more so now as Cuba is feeling the effects of an acute fuel shortage that emerged from pressure and fines imposed by Washington on tankers moving oil from Venezuela.

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Visiting Cuba Today

It is the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, and despite White House moves to keep U.S. residents from going, it’s still legal for Americans to visit Cuba, and, reports Michael Weissenstein, the Associated Press news director for the Caribbean, well worth the effort.

On #MyFavoriteTrip: a tourist’s reminiscence about a Cuba tour.

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ShowBiz Minute: Gooding Jr., Cromwell, Dre

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to new misconduct claim; James Cromwell arrested at Texas A and M regents protest; Recording Academy to honor Dr. Dre for trailblazing production work. (Nov. 1)

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Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to new charge

Cuba Gooding Jr. appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty to a new sexual misconduct charge. Gooding’s criminal case now includes allegations from three women, growing in recent weeks from a lone allegation that led to his arrest in June. (Oct. 31)

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AP Top Stories October 31 P

Here’s the latest for Thursday, October 31st: House approves impeachment rules; Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty; Hong Kong Halloween protest; U.S. Senate staffers and their pets at Capitol Hill Halloween parade.

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Today in History for October 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: A Cold War crisis over Cuba leads to brink of nuclear war; Shah of Iran allowed into U.S. for treatment; ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd killed; Last victim slain in D.C. sniper shootings; Cellist Pablo Casals dies. (Oct. 22)

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Today in History for October 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: A Cold War crisis over Cuba leads to brink of nuclear war; Shah of Iran allowed into U.S. for treatment; ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd killed; Last victim slain in D.C. sniper shootings; Cellist Pablo Casals dies. (Oct. 22)

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