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  • Cuban-Pakistani ties celebrated

    Cuban-Pakistani diplomatic relations turned 60 years in 2015...

    This has already been marked with a few events in Islamabad this month, including an art exhibition titled ‘Ghost Postes’, by Cuban artist and gallery director Lidumila Lopez Dominguez...

  • US expels 15 Cuban diplomats following mysterious attacks

    WASHINGTON: The United States ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats on Tuesday, accusing Havana of failing to protect their US counterparts from harm in a series of mystery “attacks” on their health...

    The Cuban diplomats, who were given seven days to depart, were not declared persona non grata...

  • Cuban graffiti artists bring social critique to Havana’s walls

    HAVANA: The graffiti of alien-like beings and balaclava-clad men appearing on Havana’s dilapidated walls strikes a contrast with the upbeat political slogans and effigies of Cuban revolutionaries...

    For a handful of young Cuban artists, these illicit creations are a means of touching on social issues in a coded way, ranging from fear of expressing oneself freely in public to growing materialism on the Communist-run island...

  • Children of Cuban revolution recall exodus to US

    MIAMI: At the start of the Cuban revolution, Javier Llorens was one of thousands of children who left the island unaccompanied for the United States, thinking it would be temporary...

    Like many of the Cuban children who headed to America as part of what is now known as Operation Pedro Pan, named after the fictional leader of the orphaned Lost Boys, Llorens tells of a bittersweet experience...

  • Cuban dissidents leaving country amid shift in US policy

    HAVANA: One year ago, the Cuban government began releasing 53 political prisoners whom President Barack Obama wanted freed as part of a historic deal to re-establish diplomatic relations between the former Cold War foes...

    Among those who remain, at least six men are back in Cuban prison on what their allies say are politically related charges...

  • Revolutionary Cuban icon Fidel Castro dies at 90

    Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied US efforts to topple him, died on Friday, state-run Cuban Television said...

    His alliance with Moscow helped trigger the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, a 13-day showdown with the United States that brought the world the closest it has been to nuclear war...

  • The Cuban revolutionary who left a mark on history

    Legend has it that Fidel and Che spent a night in conversation and by dawn, Guevara had signed up to the Cuban cause...

    The Cuban Revolution alarmed the US because it was the first of its kind in the western hemisphere, and set an example inimical to the imperialist outreach of transnational capitalism...

  • Fidel Castro's eldest son commits suicide: Cuban media

    The popular eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported...

    At the time of his death he had served as a scientific adviser to the Cuban government and was vice president of the country's Academy of Sciences...

  • Two-day Fiesta Cubana starts today

    ISLAMABAD: A press meet to inaugurate the upcoming Cuban Festival was held on Thursday, and featured musicians, dancers, Cuban cuisine and even a cigar roller – all of whom will be at the festival itself...

    Cuban Ambassador Gabriel Tiel Capote said at the meet that for the first time in several years, a Cuban cultural delegation is visiting Pakistan...

  • New era in ties begins as Cuba raises flag at embassy in US

    In sweltering heat and humidity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the flag-raising ceremony hours after full diplomatic relations with the United States were restored at the stroke of midnight when an agreement to resume normal ties took effect...

    Rodriguez later met with Secretary of State John Kerry, becoming the first Cuban foreign minister to set foot in the State Department since 1958...

  • From Cuba, with love

    Now that we know there’s room, and appetite, for foreign cuisine, is it safe to assume Lahore would welcome food from other parts of the world too? Let’s say, from maybe Brazil, Czech Republic, Sri Lanka or Malaysia?In an attempt to ascertain just that, and to introduce Lahore to a new culture, the Pearl Continental Hotel recently organised a two-day Cuban festival offering a taste of Havana amid a band flown in from Cuba playing their local...

  • Inaugural poet launches Cuba writing project

    Blanco and writer Ruth Behar, both Cuban-Americans, told The Associated Press they are launching “Bridges to/from Cuba” as a forum for Cubans on and off the island to share their hopes for the future as the US and Cuba move closer to normalising relations...

    “Noticeably absent are the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cuban-Americans and Cubans across the globe,” the pair writes...

  • Obama trip to Cuba shows move away from focus on dissidents

    Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both sons of Cuban émigrés, say the crackdown on demonstrations in Cuba shows that President Raul Castro has no intention of responding to Obama’s outreach with greater freedom for the Cuban people...

    After decades of US efforts to foment democracy by backing Cuban dissidents and their demands for swift political change, the president’s trip will showcase a 180-degree turn...

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