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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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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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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ShowBiz Minute: Gooding Jr; Huffman; ‘Abominable’

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to sexual misconduct indictment; Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam; Vietnam bans animated ‘Abominable’ over South China Sea map. (Oct. 16)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, Oct. 15th: Hunter Biden addresses Trump accusations; Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty; Convictions of Catalan separatist leaders lead to clashes in Northeastern Spain; France’s lower house of Parliament approves IVF bill.

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Cuba’s parliament re-elects Diaz-Canel as president | AFP

The Cuban parliament re-elects Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country’s president, a position reinstated by the new Constitution after 43 years. IMAGES

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ShowBiz Minute: Gooding Jr, Osbourne, Cobain

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s groping trial set to begin on Thursday; Ozzy Osbourne says he’s “not dying,” postpones his 2020 European shows; Kurt Cobain’s “Unplugged” sweater, guitar, head to auction. (Oct. 10)

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Today in History for September 26th

Highlights of this day in history: JFK and Nixon participate in TV’s first presidential debate; Cuba ends Mariel boatlift; Composer George Gershwin, poet T.S. Eliot and tennis star Serena Williams born; ‘West Side Story’ hits Broadway. (Sept. 26)

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Cuba’s rebels no longer sport iconic beards, but youngsters do | AFP

It’s an international fad, but in Cuba it bears its own special flavour: more and more youngsters sport a trimmed beard, but without the political significance given by Fidel Castro and his “bearded” rebels during the 1959 revolution.

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Today in History for August 13th

Highlights of this day in history: First steps toward building the Berlin Wall during the Cold War; Cuba’s Fidel Castro born; Spain’s Cortez captures what’s now Mexico City; Director Alfred Hitchcock born; Baseball’s Mickey Mantle dies. (Aug. 13)

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ShowBiz Minute: Gooding Jr., Newton, Ritter

Judge allows Cuba Gooding Jr. groping case to go forward; Wayne Newton sued over claims his pet monkey bit and injured a girl; Krysten Ritter welcomes new baby boy. (Aug. 9)

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Cuba expands its access to the Internet | AFP

Cubans are able to have WiFi in their homes, another step forward in the diffusion of the internet, which Cuba’s Vice-Minister of Communications says is a tool to defend the revolution.

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Today in History for July 26th

Highlights of this day in history: President Harry Truman orders desegregation of U.S. Military; Cuba’s Fidel Castro attacks Moncada barracks; Argentina’s Eva Peron dies; Playwright George Bernard Shaw and rock star Mick Jagger born. (July 26)

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Cuba’s aging rockers finally earn their due | AFP

For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the “music of the enemy.” But Cuba’s rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

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Today in History for June 28th

Highlights of this day in history: An assassination in Europe sparks World War I; Elian Gonzalez and his father leave for Cuba; Boxer Mike Tyson disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear; Richard Rodgers and Mel Brooks born. (June 28)

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Gooding Jr. at court, seeks groping case dismissal

Lawyers for Cuba Gooding Jr. are providing a court with video they say will show the actor did not grope a woman at a New York City bar. The prosecution, meanwhile, presented the court on Wednesday with a deposition from Gooding’s accuser. (June 26)

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