US blockade affects Cuba’s tobacco industry

HAVANA, Oct 12 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba has caused millions in losses to Cuba’s tobacco industry, according to an official source.

The Tabacuba Business Group reported that the damages amount to $145 million from April 2018 to March 2019.

The group explained that most suppliers of packaging materials, spare parts and other supplies necessary for the tobacco industry are closely linked to the US market, and as such they cannot do business with Cuba.

Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

HAVANA, Oct 11 (NNN-Xinhua) — Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected on Thursday to serve in the newly-created post of president of the Republic of Cuba.

The election took place at an extraordinary legislative session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, the single-chamber parliament.

Currently serving as president of the Council of State and Ministers, Diaz-Canel received 579 votes in favor from the 580 deputies present in the election, and he will be in office through 2023.

Cuba suffers million-dollar transport damages due to US blockade: Latest report

HAVANA, Sept 24 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The damage caused by the US blockade against Cuba in the transport sector exceeded 170 million dollars from April 2018 to March 2019.

According to the most recent report on the impact of the US blockade on Cuba, the figure represents an increase of more than 69 million dollars over the previous period.

US sanctions against Cuba causing fuel shortage – FM

HAVANA, Sept 17 (NNN-Xinhua) — US sanctions on oil shipments to Cuba are causing a fuel shortage in the Caribbean nation, said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Rodriguez denounced the imposition of stiff fines on vessels and shipping lines that supply fuel to Cuba, saying they were part of a larger plan to harm Cuba.

After 15 years of detention, 2021 trial date set for 5 Guantanamo Bay detainees

31 Aug 2019; MEMO: Five men being held in Guantanamo Bay prison accused of planning and aiding the September 11 terror attacks will go on trial in 2021.

If convicted at the military commission, which combines elements of civilian and military law, the defendants could face the death penalty.

The five detainees include Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al Qaeda figure who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the 2001 attacks and other terrorist plots.

Cuban population decreases and ageing increases

HAVANA, Aug 21 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The demographic trend in Cuba points to the population decrease and aging, according to data from the National Statistics and Information Bureau (ONEI).

20.4% of Cubans are 60 years old and older, the newspaper Granma reported, which considers the Cuban demographic aging as accelerated.

Based on data from the latest Population and Housing Census, Granma noted that the incidence of single-person households where there is a significant presence of older adults is growing in the Caribbean country.

Cuba gets over 3 million tourists since January

HAVANA, Aug 17 (NNN-TELESUR) — Despite the United States’ attempts to limit tourism in Cuba, the country has seen three million foreign visitors between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15, Canadians making up the bulk of tourists to the Caribbean island. 

The Cuban Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) said in a statement that the arrival of the three million international travelers was “achieved despite campaigns … directed by the U.S. government to prevent the flow of tourists to our country.”

Cuba's Chinese-made train starts its first run

14 July 2019; DW: Cuba's first new train in over 40 years has set off on its maiden voyage. With support from China, the Cuban government hopes to fully restore the Caribbean country's decrepit rail system by the end of 2030.

Cuba's first new train cars to run in over four decades pulled out of the capital, Havana, on Saturday to start their 915-kilometer (516-mile), 15-hour maiden journey to Guantanamo on the eastern end of the island.

Foreign investors keen on Cuba despite U.S. sanctions, says president

HAVANA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Increasing sanctions imposed by the United States have failed to discourage foreign investors from doing business in Cuba, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Wednesday.

Addressing a parliamentary session to assess economic and social issues, Diaz-Canel acknowledged Washington has stepped up its sanctions regime against Cuba in an effort to cut off its access to revenue and capital.

However, foreign businesses continue to propose new investment projects, signalling their confidence in Cuba's economy, said the president.

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