US President Donald Trump has recently reintroduced restrictions for Americans travelling to Cuba. The move hits Cuba's already shrinking state-run economy.
President Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel, will step down in April. His departure will mark a changing of the guard for Cuba's Communist Party after six decades of Castro rule.
Capitol, an imposing neoclassical gem previously shunned as a symbol of US imperialism now to become the seat of Cuba's national assembly in the capital Havana.
An artist's project dubbed "Habana Light Neon + Signs", is restoring the vintage signs of the cinemas, hotels and cabarets that lit up Havana's nightlife in its 1950s heyday.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced a series of agreements with Cuba, saying member countries combined were now Cuba's most important economic partner.
Web-based phones and free online messaging services can't be used in Cuba as internet access is highly restricted which annoys millions of Cuban in and out of the country.
New restrictions force Americans to travel to Cuba via heavily-regulated tour groups run by US companies and ban doing business with dozens of Cuban companies.
The decision, that was taken after "specific attacks" on American diplomats, deals a blow to already delicate ties between the US and Cuba that had recently seen rapprochement.
While the hurricane is forecast to weaken, Irma is still expected to remain powerful as it moves near or along the west coast of Florida, the National Hurricane Center warns.
Florida's governor warned that all of the state's 20.6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate. Miami's beaches, normally packed with sun lovers, were deserted.
The dangerous Category 5 storm is wielding the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. US President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in preparation of Irma.
The graffiti on Cuba's streets is a means of talking about social issues in a coded away, now mostly tolerated by the authorities.
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