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.
Cubans have overwhelmingly ratified a new constitution that enshrines the one-party socialist system as irrevocable while instituting modest economic and social changes.
The constitution maintains Cuba as a centrally planned economy ruled by a single Communist Party but recognises private property for the first time.
MLB, the Cuban federation and the Major League Baseball Players Association say they have signed the deal after three years of negotiations, providing a ray of light during a period of fraught US-Cuban relations.
State-run telecoms monopoly announced Cubans will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week.
The new cabinet named by the new President Miguel Diaz-Canel has a majority of ministers from predecessor Raul Castro including in the key posts of defense, interior and foreign relations, signaling continuity rather than change.
A 39-year-old Boeing 737 with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off for a domestic flight, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades.
The recent Summit of the Americas and the transition of power in Cuba are just two events among a number of political shifts taking place in Latin America. Do the shifts indicate that the region can prevent another lost decade?
Raul Castro's departure from the presidency is a symbolically charged moment for a country that has been under the absolute rule of one family since the 1959 revolution.
Cuba's National Assembly will elect a new president and announce Raul Castro's replacement, in a two-day process that will install someone from outside the Castro family in the highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.
The number of American tourists who travelled to the Caribbean island by air have nearly halved, but those arriving by cruise ship almost doubled last year.
Cuba's President Raul Castro will step down on Thursday. His departure will mean the end of almost 60 years of the Castro family's dominance over the island nation. Raul Castro took over from his more famous brother Fidel in 2008.
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