Thursday 24 May 2018 | 09:10:08 am.

Mexican Ambassador Thanks Cuba for Support and Solidarity

Mexico's ambassador to Cuba, Enrique Martinez Martinez thanked on Tuesday in Havana, the island's government and people for the enormous support and solidarity after the plane crash last Friday which inflicted the death of over 100 passengers among them 7 Mexican citizens.

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Tuesday 22 May 2018 | 03:00:59 pm.

President of Palestine to Visit Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, May 7 (ACN) The President of the State of Palestine and the Executive Committee of the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas will carry out an official visit to Cuba on May 10th to the 12th.

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Tuesday 22 May 2018 | 03:00:18 pm.

Colombian government and ELN resume peace talks in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, May 10 (ACN) Havana will host from today the fifth round of the Roundtable of Dialogues for Peace between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

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Tuesday 22 May 2018 | 02:58:44 pm.

International Community Demands Full Access to Quality Health Services

GEVENA, Switzerland, May 21 (ACN) The General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday in Geneva during the inauguration of the 71st World Health Assembly that "we dream of a world in which people can enjoy quality health service as a main human right".

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Tuesday 22 May 2018 | 02:57:44 pm.

Two Million Foreign Vacationers have Visited Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, May 21 (ACN) The arrival of two million tourists to Cuba so far this year ratifies the confidence of tour operators, travel agencies, airlines and vacationers to the Caribbean destination, according to a report on Monday of the Tourism Ministry.

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Wednesday 16 May 2018 | 09:14:15 am.

Singapore hotel chain first operation in Cuba a success

HAVANA, Cuba, May 15 (ACN) The Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Company of Singapore has achieved success at its first hotel in Cuba, the Dhawa Cayo Santa María, inaugurated a little over a year ago in this tourist center, located in the north of the central province of Villa Clara.

Sergio Álvarez, the Asian firm's representative on the island, told the Cuban News Agency that since its official opening in March 2017, it has maintained good occupancy rates, despite the shutdown following Hurricane Irma last September.
It has been a successful operation, said the executive, who was optimistic about sales for the coming summer and winter seasons.
This 515-room facility represents Banyan Tree's debut in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is also the first in the world to launch the Dhawa brand, which was added to the other three existing brands: Banyan Tree, Angsana and Cassia.
So far, its main markets have been Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile and Spain, while in the summer months Cubans were in second place.
Very close to Dhawa, in Cayo Las Brujas, is in the final phase of construction of a hotel that will also be managed by Banyan Tree, under its luxury brand Angsana.
According to Álvarez, the new hotel will focus on the adults only segment and will have 252 bedrooms and two swimming pools with sea views.
Currently the Asian company is building two more hotels, one of the luxury brand Banyan Tree and the other of Angsana, both in the emerging area of Cayo Buba, near Varadero, Matanzas.
According to Álvarez, Banyan Tree operates 60 hotels worldwide, most of which are located in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Vietnam, and for the past eight years have opened two in Mexico.
Data provided by Manuel Marrero, the head of Tourism, reports that in Cuba there are 21 foreign managers through 95 hotel administration and marketing contracts, responsible for 45,333 rooms (65 percent of the country).
There are also 27 joint ventures that manage more than 5,000 four- and five-star hotel rooms.
The tourism sector brings together the largest number of businesses operating in the country with foreign investment, considered an essential element in the nation's socioeconomic development strategy.

World

Wednesday 16 May 2018 | 09:12:11 am.

Cuba´s Domadores to face France in semi-finals of WSB

HAVANA, Cuba, May 15 (acn) The Cuba Domadores will face next May 18 th the France Fighting Roosters in the semifinals of the 8th World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The quintet summoned to fight next Friday as visitors in the C-2 format will have as pillars three universal monarchs: Julio Cesar La Cruz (81 kg), Roniel Iglesias (69) and Lazaro Alvarez (60).
The two others called up by Coach Rolando Acebal are Jose Angel Larduet (+91), 2009 world bronze medalist, and Jorge Griñan (52), 2016 world junior runner-up.
The French squad won 20 out of 30 individual bouts this season and ranked second in Group B with balance of 5 wins and only one loss in team matches.
Cubans achieved one more individual win and had the same team balance, but they topped Pool A.
The home semifinal match (C-1) for the Caribbean side will be on May 25 at Havana´s Sports City Coliseum.
The other semi-final will take place on those same weekends between the Kazakhstan Astana Arlans and the British Lionhearts and will start in Sheffield, UK.

Sport

Wednesday 16 May 2018 | 09:09:46 am.

Cuban Foreign Minister thanks Belgian support

HAVANA, Cuba, May 15 (ACN) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez thanked the Belgian government for its support, especially for the resolution on the need to end the US blockade, at the start of his visit to that European country, reported today from Brussels Prensa Latina (PL) agency.

Minister Rodriguez was received by his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, and they held a meeting in which they discussed topics of common interest on current international affairs and the respective regions, and described mutual relations as positive.
Both sides reviewed issues on the bilateral agenda and confirmed their willingness to continue developing political dialogue between the two foreign ministries.
Rodriguez highlighted Belgium's constructive role in the European Union in advancing relations with the Caribbean country.
The Cuban Foreign Minister began a European tour of Brussels, where he plans to participate in the first EU-Cuba Joint Council, together with the head of diplomacy of the regional bloc, Federica Mogherini.
The meeting will take place after the provisional entry into force on November 1, 2017 of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement signed by both parties in 2016, in order to promote bilateral ties.
As part of his European tour, the Cuban minister will be in Geneva tomorrow to present Cuba's National Report to the Human Rights Council's Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.
For the third time, the Caribbean nation will report to this mechanism (the previous ones were in 2009 and 2013) to detail the progress made in the area of human rights over the last five years, which is a continuation of the work carried out since the triumph of the Revolution.

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Saturday 12 May 2018 | 11:09:57 am.

Cuban volleyball beach duo loses in Luzern stop

The Cuban couple of Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez lost in their second match of the 3-star Luzern stop, in Switzerland, corresponding to the 2017-18 Beach Volleyball World Tour.
The Cuban pair was beaten 1-2 (14-21, 21-19 and 9-15) by Lithuania´s Rumsevicius – Kasdailis in a game for Pool C of the men´s event, according to the official website of the tournament.
This event on Swiss soil is attended by 53 duos from 29 countries, with highlight to Australia, Germany, United States and the hosts, all with four teams, followed by China and Ukraine, both with three.
Diaz and Gonzalez debuted in the 2017-18 World Tour in the stop of Xiamen, China (four stars), where they ranked 25th, with two wins and two losses, thus earning 240 points for the world ranking.
In their second presentation, with a stage in Mersin, Turkey (three stars), last weekend, they won the bronze medal, with balance of five and two and 480 units for the universal list.
Between Xiamen and Mersin, they attended the Varadero stop, corresponding to the NORCECA Circuit, where they finished second, gaining 180 points for the NORCECA ranking.
The main goal of the Caribbean duet, fifth in Rio 2016 Olympics, for this year is the Barranquilla Central American and Caribbean Games, from July 19 – August 3, where they will defend the crown they won in the previous edition of Veracruz 2014.
Prior to that major competition, they will also attend the World Tour stops of Itapema, Brazil; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland and Esphino, Portugal.

Sport

Saturday 12 May 2018 | 11:04:55 am.

Colombian government and ELN resume peace talks in Havana

Havana will host the fifth round of the Roundtable of Dialogues for Peace between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN).The head of the island's team of guarantors, Iván Mora Godoy, confirmed last week that Cuba received the official request from the Colombian government and the ELN to host the new round of talks.

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