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Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Cuba is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch to the former colony, one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898

ROYALS. Spain's King Felipe (right) and Queen Letizia walk along a street in Havana on November 12, 2019. The Spanish royals are visiting Cuba for Havana's 500th anniversary. Photo by Jorge Luis Banos/pool/AFP

Cuban police break up unauthorized LGBT rights march in Havana

May 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Police disperse LGBT activists who were protesting the cancellation of a parade against homophobia in Cuba

Cuban LGTBI demonstrators march at the Prado avenue in Havana, on May 11, 2019. - More than a hundred people participated in a demonstration for the LGBT rights in Havana on Saturday, an activity unauthorized by the government, amid tensions with the police. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amongst challenges and change

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

For the first time, Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution without a revolutionary fighter leading the government

NEW CUBA. This file photo, handout from the official Cuban website, shows, then Cuban President Raul Castro (left) and First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on April 18, 2018. Diaz-Canel has since been named new president. Handout/ www.cubadebate.cu/AFP

In its 40th year, Havana film festival a far cry from its heyday

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro, Serbian director Emir Kusturic,a and American provocateur Michael Moore are headlining the showcase of Latin American cinema

View of the official poster of the 40th Havana Film Festival in a street of Havana, on December 3, 2018. - The festival runs from next December 6 to 16. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Havana protests U.S. move to boost internet access in Cuba

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:21 AM

The communist-ruled island is one of the least connected countries in the world

INTERNET IN CUBA. A woman uses public WiFi to connect her phone in a street of Havana, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

'Transformers 5' to film in Cuba

May 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Transformers: The Last Knight follows in filming in Havana Cuba just after Fast 8

Screengrab from Facebook/Transformers

Rolling Stones arrive in Cuba to play free rock concert

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to turn out Friday for the Rolling Stones s free concert in Havana

ROLLING STONES LIVE IN CUBA. Members of British rock band The Rolling Stones (L-R) Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood arrive in Havana, Cuba, 24 March 2016. The band will perform in a free concert on 25 March. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Pope Francis: 'Failure' not an option in Colombia peace process

Sep 20, 2015 - 11:12 PM

We do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure says Pope Francis

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis waves during his arrival to the Revolution Plaza to hold a mass in Havana, Cuba, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Orlando Barria/EPA

Havana's Revolution Square packed ahead of pope's mass

Sep 20, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Several thousand people are in the plaza and free space is hard to find

POPE IN CUBA. A group of nuns wait to see Pope Francis pass in the Popemobile after his arrival to Havana, Cuba, on September 19, 2015. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Paris Hilton spotted in Havana

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Hilton s great grandfather Conrad Hilton traveled to Cuba in 1958 to open a hotel But the hotel was nationalized by Castro in 1960

2015 travel bucket list

Jan 29, 2015 - 10:28 PM

A new year presents new adventures Here’s a list of 5 places worth traveling to this 2015

Life and Style wRap: Bananas in Turkey, no Web in Cuba

Jun 29, 2013 - 2:33 PM

And Gatsby s dapper era and the LGBT zeitgeist in fashion and diplomacy

WEB LIMITS. Some Cubans think the limited access to the Internet is another government restriction

Russia denies Snowden involvement as mystery deepens

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:38 PM

UPDATE Russia slams as rubbish Washington s suggestions that Moscow was complicit in Snowden s disappearance

‘NO INVOLVEMENT.’ A picture taken in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport aboard a plane of Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Havana on June 24, 2013, shows the empty window seat which fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was scheduled to occupy. Russia denies involvement in Snowden’s travels. AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev