Raul Castro retires as Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades, and handing control of the party to first civilian leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel.
In a speech at the opening of the 8th Congress of the ruling party, Raul Castro said he was retiring with the sense of having “fulfilled his mission and confident in the future of the fatherland.”
Cuba and Iran are unable to rely on an international economy where the US is the main actor, a harsh reality that brought them together to secure a coronavirus vaccine.
The plucky island nation has overcome debilitating sanctions and is now on the cusp of producing a working vaccine against the coronavirus.
US Southern Command said it expected to have enough vaccine for all of the approximately 1,500 personnel assigned to the detention centre.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step, citing in particular Cuba’s continued harbouring of US fugitives as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
Over 200 artists, activists and members of the public protested outside the culture ministry to denounce repression and censorship agreeing with officials to engage in dialogue.
The protest outside the culture ministry was triggered by the eviction of fourteen artists - members of the San Isidro Movement – were evicted by the authorities from their premises in the historic centre of Havana.
The tropical storm breached Cuba even as searchers in Guatemala were still digging for people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide.
The country's meteorology office has warned of coastal flooding and winds of 80-100 kilometres per hour.
Tropical Storm Zeta is gaining strength with sustained winds of 400 kilometres as it skirts past Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula to enter the Gulf of Mexico.
The immediate brunt of the storm is expected to be felt by the resort-studded northeastern tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which is forecast to start seeing hurricane conditions today with the storm reaching land in the early hours of Wednesday.
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