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Cuba maintains reserves for disasters

The role of the countrys reserve foodstuffs, building materials, fuel, medicines and other supplies in the recovery from natural disasters like hurricanes or drought, was praised Wednesday by the Parliamentary Defense Committee meeting in Havana. Read More

Raúl will not imitate 'irreplaceable' Fidel

Fidel Castro's brother has signalled he will take a different approach to leadership if he takes over permanently from the ailing Cuban dictator. However, Raúl Castro, who has been standing in for his older sibling for the past five months, insisted that Cuba's one party communist system would continue with or without the figurehead that has led it for almost half a century. Read More

Cuba builds 110,000 homes this year

Cuba expects to conclude construction and renovation of 110,000 homes before year s end, a National Assembly committee reported to the plenary on Monday. The session, presided over by Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage and National Peoples Power Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon, heard a detailed report on the issue from Permanent Productive Activity Committee Chairman Leonardo Martinez. Read More

Alabama ag commissioner cooks in Cuba

Ron Sparks went from state agriculture commissioner to cooking instructor during his latest multimillion-dollar trade mission to Cuba. Sparks returned Sunday from a four-day trip to follow up on trade commitments made to Alabama companies during the Havana Trade Expo in November. Read More

US lawmakers promote agriculture in Cuba

U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Jo Ann Emerson, back from a weekend visit to Cuba, said the U.S. government should ease travel restrictions and expand agricultural trade with the communist nation. Read More

Cuban deputies to be informed on housing situation today

A plenary session of deputies to the National Assembly of People's Power is to receive a report this Monday on the progress of the house building program. This meeting is the first in a week of activities by this legislative body, which ends Friday with its ordinary period of sessions. Read More

Cuban migrants won't attempt trip again

Cuban migrants sent back to the island this year after reaching an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys said Monday they would not risk their lives again like the other half of their group, which took a second sea voyage to the United States last week. Read More

Cuban cardinal meets with U.S. legislators, calls visit 'interesting'

Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino called a mid-December visit to his nation by 10 U.S. legislators "very interesting." "It seems to me that they have a favorable attitude, and at this time of year, when Christmas is near and we are so in need of peace and dialogue among human beings, I consider this mission interesting, very interesting" Read More

Congress mission to Cuba agrees US policy must change

The bipartisan US Congress delegation led by Representative Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said "it is time for the United States to enter a dialogue with Cuba." After a three-day visit to the island during which they held talks with seven high Cuban officials, including government, political and economic figures, Flake said to foreign and local media that they "unanimously believe the United States should respond positively" to the proposal made by Cuban first Vice President Read More

US politicians told Castro does not have cancer

Members of the United States Congress who have been visiting Cuba say government officials have told them Fidel Castro does not have cancer and is not terminally ill. Read More

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