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.
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.
The Cuba's first coral nursery is designed to help the country repopulate its reefs, some of the most pristine in the Caribbean.
The island nation has sent around 1,200 healthcare workers largely to vulnerable African and Caribbean nations but also to rich European countries such as Italy that have been particularly hard hit by the novel coronavirus.
Opponents said prohibiting flights would simply make it harder for Cuban-Americans to visit their families outside the capital, without making a significant impact on the Cuban government.
Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades died at age 98, state-run media said.
Cuba used to depend on aid from its oil-rich ally Venezuela. But with Venezuela in turmoil, opening luxury hotels is "a new stage," but also "a necessity," Cuba's Tourism Minister says as his country scrambles for other revenue sources.
A quarter of Havana's roughly 2 million people were without power in the aftermath of the tornado and more than 200,000 people had lost water service because of a broken main and power cuts that left pumps out of service.
The tornado, spawned by a powerful storm that originated in the Gulf of Mexico, hit western Cuba with winds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour.
State-run telecoms monopoly announced Cubans will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week.
The US State Department said it is investigating whether the illnesses were acoustic attacks or a form of viral warfare.
Havana will celebrate its 500th anniversary in 2019, amid plans to refurbish its town centre, with a view to someday turning it into a modern city – albeit with colonial structures.
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