5 years after US embassy reopened, Cubans share their expectations ahead of US election | AFP

Five years after the United States reopened its embassy in Havana during the Obama administration, Cubans share their expectations for both countries ahead of the US elections, amid a deep freeze in bilateral relations following new sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump’s government.

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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’s 500th anniversary: Fisherman Roberto Molina | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. Fisherman Roberto Molina leaves his house every day, no matter the weather. For him, it doesn’t matter if the capital is good or bad because it’s his home.

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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: Doctor Alina Gonzalez | AFP

As Havana turns 500 years old, AFPTV speaks to Cubans who reflect on how the capital has impacted their lives. German-born doctor Alina Gonzalez walks more than two kilometres daily to get to work. Even if she can think of “a million things to improve”, she loves the island and its capital and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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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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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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Tourism and transport: threats to Cubans’ constitutional beach rights | AFP

In the summer heat, Cubans turn to the beaches, whose access for all is a constitutional right, but limited by the lack of transportation and the growing pressure of tourism.

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Today in History April 20

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler born; Gunfire erupts at Columbine High; Cubans in the Mariel boatlift arrive in the U.S.; Ted Williams makes his baseball debut; Singer Luther Vandross born. (April 20)

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‘Violation of intl law on every level’: Cubans react to new sanctions from Washington

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The US is targeting Cuba with additional sanctions, including restricting travel to the island nation, limiting remittances, and sanctioning additional entities, White House national security adviser John Bolton said.

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Trump administration scuttles MLB-Cuba baseball deal

Cuban Americans say politics should stay out of sports as US President Donald Trump decides to end a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed Cubans to play in the United States without having to defect.

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(6 Dec 2018) Here are the top stories for Thursday, December 6th: George H.W. Bush brought to final resting place; Huawei CFO arrested; disciplinary trial set for NYC officer accused in death; Cubans get access to 3G internet.

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Cubans say Castro will remain even after he steps down

As Cuba prepares for Raul Castro to step down as president, ending his family’s six-decade grip on power, analysts and Cubans alike say his replacement, expected to be 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, will not be quite alone at the helm of the communist island.

Cuba celebrates inclusion of Punto Cubano in UNESCO heritage

The Punto, a poetic form of popular music played amongst Cuban farmers has been added to the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage this year, a great pride for Cubans wishing to preserve the oratory art form born in the fields during the 17th Century.

Despite the years, the Soviet ‘soul’ still lingers in Cuba

Dimitri Fidel, Natacha, Sacha, Katiuska and Vladimir are just a handful amongst the thousands of Cubans with Russian origins; they are the children of the close alliance shared between the Caribbean country and the Soviet Union until its fall in 1990.