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Cuba marks 1 year under more liberal migration regime

Havana, Jan 14 (EFE).- Cuba's migration reform has been in effect one year this Tuesday and has allowed thousands of its citizens to travel abroad without the restrictions they suffered for decades, but with other problems like the price of travel tickets and getting a visa. The latest official figures show that between January and November 2013, some 185,000 Cubans traveled out of the country, many for the first time. The United States, where most Cuban expatriates live, was the main destination, accounting for 36 percent of all trips.

U.S. official visits Alan Gross behind bars in Cuba

Havana, Jan 10 (EFE).- The head of the U.S. delegation that held a new round of migration talks with Cuba, said Friday that he had been able to visit Alan Gross, the American contractor serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted of subversion. Edward Alex Lee, the U.S. acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, told reporters that he saw Gross, though he declined to give details. Lee said that during his migration talks with the Havana government, the United States again demanded Gross's release.

U.S. official visits Alan Gross behind bars in Cuba

Havana, Jan 10 (EFE).- The head of the U.S. delegation that held a new round of migration talks with Cuba, said Friday that he had been able to visit Alan Gross, the American contractor serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted of subversion. Edward Alex Lee, the U.S. acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, told reporters that he saw Gross, though he declined to give details. Lee said that during his migration talks with the Havana government, the United States again demanded Gross's release.

Dutch break with EU to open political dialogue with Cuba

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The Dutch foreign minister signed an agreement on Tuesday with his Cuban counterpart to engage in political consultations, breaking ranks with the European Union which limits high-level visits and talks with the Communist-run Caribbean island.

Cuba welcomed more than 2.8 million tourists in 2013

Havana, Jan 6 (EFE).- Cuba closed 2013 having welcomed a total of 2.85 million foreign tourists, a new record but short of its goal of 3 million, the Tourism Ministry said Monday. Last year closed with a growth of 0.5 percent over 2012, Communist Party daily Granma said, citing ministry marketing director Jose Manuel Bisbe. Canada remained the leading source of visitors to the island with an increase of 10 percent last year for a total of more than 1 million, followed by Britain and Germany.

Cuba welcomed more than 2.8 million tourists in 2013

Havana, Jan 6 (EFE).- Cuba closed 2013 having welcomed a total of 2.85 million foreign tourists, a new record but short of its goal of 3 million, the Tourism Ministry said Monday. Last year closed with a growth of 0.5 percent over 2012, Communist Party daily Granma said, citing ministry marketing director Jose Manuel Bisbe. Canada remained the leading source of visitors to the island with an increase of 10 percent last year for a total of more than 1 million, followed by Britain and Germany.

Cuban dissident Antonio Villarreal dies in Miami

Miami, Dec 30 (EFE).- Antonio Villarreal, a member of the "Group of 75" dissidents jailed by Cuba's Communist government in March 2003, died in Miami, El Nuevo Herald newspaper said Monday. He was 63. Villarreal, who suffered the psychological consequences of his years behind bars in a Cuban prison, was found dead in his apartment in Little Havana. The causes of his passing have not been determined.

First commercial flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years takes off

KEY WEST, Fla. - The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years landed Monday in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect. U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight Monday morning, and the nine-passenger aircraft departed 90 minutes later at 10 a.m., Key West International Airport director Peter Horton said.

Cuba: More than 2.5 mn foreign tourists in 1st 11 months of 2013

Havana, Dec 28 (EFE).- Cuba welcomed between January and November more than 2.5 million foreign tourists, according to figures published by the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI. The report said that 2,546,851 tourists arrived on the island in the first 11 months of 2013, with 234,266 of them landing here in November. Cuba will not reach its target volume of 3 million tourists this year, but rather, as directors of the sector have said, the total for 2013 is expected to be around 2.8 million foreign visitors, a number similar to last year.

2 years into Cuba's free market experiment, small entrepreneurs struggle to stay afloat

HAVANA - The dented metal pizza trays are packed away, so too the old blender that never worked when it was needed. Gone is the sweet smell of rising dough that infused Julio Cesar Hidalgo's Havana apartment when he and his girlfriend were in business for themselves, churning out cheesy pies for hungry costumers. Two years on the front lines of Cuba's experiment with limited free market capitalism has left Hidalgo broke, out of work and facing a possible crushing fine. But the 33-year-old known for his wide smile and sunny disposition says the biggest loss is harder to define.
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