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.

Celebrating Havana renovates Cuba’s oldest Jewish cemetery

HAVANA (AP) — Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some graves, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks.

But slowly, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cuba is beginning to be rehabilitated, along with the memory of many of the island’s early Jewish forebears

Cuba expects major economic damage from Trump measures

HAVANA (AP) — Drivers of classic cars, restaurateurs, tour guides and owners of bed-and-breakfasts are all saying the Trump administration’s new restrictions on U.S travel to Cuba will be a severe blow to their businesses.

The restrictions announced Tuesday eliminate U.S. cruise travel to Cuba. They also wipe out the most popular category of legal travel to the island, the group educational trips known as people-to-people travel.

Cubans furious at growing U.S. hostility

HAVANA, May 12 (Xinhua): Although Cuba has lived for more than half a century under a U.S. blockade, Washington's move to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act stirred up fresh resentment among citizens of the Caribbean country.

The controversial act allows U.S. nationals to file lawsuits over properties nationalized or confiscated by the Cuban government after the revolution.

China to contribute more to improvement of global governance

HAVANA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- China will assume greater responsibilities with an aim to make more contributions to the improvement of global governance, China's Ambassador to Cuba Chen Xi said on Monday.

"We are aware of our responsibility to contribute to a new world order, just and orderly global governance," the diplomat said in a conference with experts and academics from Cuba's Center for International Policy Research (CIPI). "This is a fundamental principle for Chinese diplomacy."

Cuban FM slams Washington for causing "economic suffocation"

HAVANA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday slammed Washington's newly adopted measures against the island, saying they will "suffocate" the country's economy.

On April 17, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that a 22-year suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act will be lifted on May 2, which allows U.S. citizens to file suits against foreign firms operating property in Cuba since 1959.

Cuba, EU cooperate on sustainable development amid U.S. pressure

HAVANA, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Cuba and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday held the first bilateral dialogue on sustainable development amid Washington's threats to implement a law to allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign companies that operate in properties nationalized in the island after 1959.

During the talks, both sides highlighted the progress made by Havana and Brussels on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which aims to end poverty in all forms and increase healthcare coverage, education and water access.

Cuban telecom, Google sign deal to improve island's Internet access

HAVANA, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's state telecommunications company ETECSA and U.S. Internet giant Google on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the goal of improving the quality of access to the Internet in the island.

The deal signed by ETECSA's vice president of investments, Luis Iglesias, and Google's Cuba chief, Brett Perlmutter, will allow for a better user experience once technical conditions permit it.

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