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Havana: Capital of Cuba
Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km2 (301.77 sq mi) – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.

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Communist-run Cuba dedicates subdued May Day to 'white coat army' of doctors

With Communist-run Cuba on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Havana's Revolution Square was eerily empty and gray on Friday for International Workers Day, bereft of the usual parade of..
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United States repatriates stranded citizens from Cuba

About 300 U.S. citizens stranded in Cuba since Havana suspended regular air travel earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic were repatriated on two charter flights on Friday.
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Cubans cast aside coronavirus fears to search for scarcer food

From the seafront capital Havana to the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountains, Cubans are defying fear of the new coronavirus to search for food as global trade disruptions worsen shortages of..
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Cash-starved Cuban state sells used cars for dollars for first time

Cuba's cash-strapped government on Tuesday began selling used cars for dollars at a single Havana outlet, a first for the Communist-run state and a further step toward the dollarization of a segment of..
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Today in History for February 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union's last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo..
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Cuba says Trump administration pressured Bolivia to worsen ties

A day after Bolivia suspended diplomatic relations with Cuba, Havana accused its interim government of having sought to sabotage bilateral ties ever since it took power last year, partly under pressure..
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US further restricts air travel to Cuba to increase pressure

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U.S. seeks to squeeze Cuba by further curbing flights to island

The United States is curbing public charter flights to Cuba in a further effort to squeeze the Cuban government's income, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, prompting an outcry from officials in..
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U.S. limits public charter flights to Cuba: statement

The United States is limiting the number of flights to Cuba except for those to Jose Marti International Airport in an effort to restrict Havana's revenue, the U.S. State Department said in a statement..
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'Havana syndrome' U.S. diplomats get benefits in spending bill

U.S. diplomats who mysteriously fell ill in Cuba and China would get long-term emergency health and other benefits under a $1.4 trillion spending bill lawmakers unveiled on Monday.
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U.S. blacklists six oil tankers in new Venezuela-related sanctions

The Trump administration on Tuesday blacklisted six oil tankers involved in the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, the latest in a series of sanctions aimed at pressuring Havana to abandon its support..
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EU parliament condemns Cuba's detention of top dissident

The European parliament joined the United States on Thursday in condemning Cuba's detention and reported mistreatment of leading dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer, whom the Communist government in Havana..
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Cuba ups pressure on U.S. embassy in Havana

Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday charged the United States with violating the historic 2015 agreement reestablishing diplomatic relations after decades by interfering in the country’s internal..
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U.S. blacklists Cuban firm tied to Venezuela sanctions evasion

The Trump administration on Tuesday blacklisted a Cuban company it accused of helping a Cuban state-run oil firm evade Venezuela-related sanctions, the latest in a series of actions targeting Havana..
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In pictures: Havana celebrates 500 years of foundation

As Cuba's capital celebrates 500 years, we explore the history behind some of its famous buildings.
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Spain's king starts historic trip to Communist-run Cuba

Spain's King Felipe will kick off the first ever state visit by a Spanish monarch to Cuba on Tuesday by laying flowers at the monument in Havana to Jose Marti, a symbol of the former colony's struggle..
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Spanish king and queen arrive in Cuba for first royal visit

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HAVANA (AP) - King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Cuba on Monday night on the first state visit to the island by a Spanish royal. The couple disembarked in Havana at the start of a..
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First Spanish royal visit crowns Havana's 500th party

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Hurricane Irma batters Cuba

BBC Correspondent Will Grant reports from Havana, Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
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U.S. bans flights to all Cuban cities except Havana

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Trump Administration Cuts Flights to Most Cuban Airports

Looking to punish Cuba over its support for President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, the United States will ban airlines from servicing all cities besides Havana.
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Spain confirms king to make historic trip to Havana in November

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia will visit Cuba in November for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell confirmed on Wednesday..
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Amnesty calls for release of leading Cuban dissident

Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded the Cuban government explain the charges against the head of the country's largest opposition group, whom Havana arrested a week ago, or release him from jail.
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Russia's Medvedev slams U.S. for Cuba embargo during Havana trip

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a "toxic atmosphere" around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia's..
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Russia PM visit shows support for Cuba amid U.S. hostility

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev kicks off an official two-day visit to Havana on Thursday in a strong show of Russia's support for the communist-run island as it faces escalating pressure from..
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Cuban-American sues American Airlines, Latam Airlines for 'trafficking' in Havana airport

A Miami-based law firm filed a lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of a Cuban-American who claims to be the rightful owner of Havana's international airport against American Airlines and the Latam Airlines..
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U.S. expels two of Cuba's U.N. diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

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Skirting U.S. sanctions, Cubans flock to cryptocurrency to shop online, send funds

Jason Sanchez, 35, was able to start buying spare parts online last year for his cellphone repair shop in Havana thanks to the advent of cryptocurrency trading in Communist-run Cuba.
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EU stresses support for Cuba even as U.S. hikes sanctions

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U.S. 'lashes out' at Cuba after failure in Venezuela: Cuban president

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Man found hiding in cargo section on flight from Havana to Miami

Authorities say a stowaway was found hiding in the cargo section of an airplane that arrived from Havana to Miami International Airport.
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Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, dies at 82

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Scans show changes to brains of Havana U.S. embassy workers who reported illness

Advanced brain scans of U.S. Embassy employees who reported falling ill while serving in Havana revealed significant differences from a control group, according to a new study published on Tuesday.
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Fugitive U.S. tech guru: Cryptocurrency is next Cuban revolution

On the run from U.S. tax authorities, tech guru John McAfee puffs a cigar aboard his towering white yacht in a Havana harbor and says he can help Cuba evade the U.S. government too - by launching a..
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Venezuela Socialist Party deputy meets Castro in show of unity on Cuba trip

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Venezuela Socialist Party deputy head visits ally Cuba for two days

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