Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

Castro’s ashes arrive in Santiago after journey across Cuba

The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba’s late communist leader Fidel Castro capped an island-wide journey on Saturday, reaching the cradle of his revolution for a final rally before burial. Tens of thousands of people cheered as the olive-green jeep that has pulled the cedar urn with Castro’s remains across Cuba since Wednesday rolled into […]

Farewell begins in Cuba: Thousands flood streets for Castro commemoration

Farewell begins in Cuba: Thousands flood streets for Castro commemoration

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans rallied for late communist leader Fidel Castro with Latin American and African leaders in Havana on Tuesday night before his ashes are taken across the country. They chanted “long live the revolution!” and “Fidel! Fidel!” at a packed Revolution Square, the vast esplanade where he gave so many of his […]

Live: Cuba decrees nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro

Live: Cuba decrees nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died late Friday in Havana aged 90, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television. Follow all the latest reactions to Castro’s death in FRANCE 24’s live blog. • Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron […]

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Obama eases restrictions on Cuba, lifts limits on rum and cigars

Americans traveling to Cuba will be allowed to bring home more of the island’s cigars and rum under new measures announced by the U.S. government on Friday to further ease trade, travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades. Cuba welcomed the steps, part of President Barack Obama’s effort to make his […]

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

US names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America’s top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades. “The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. Obama and Cuban President […]

Video: Cuba moves into the Internet age

Video: Cuba moves into the Internet age

Internet access in Cuba, the least connected country in the Americas, remains severely restricted in the wake of the lifting of the US embargo. The government is now taking steps to try and get the country online. A year ago, the state telecom company, ETECSA, launched Wi-Fi in public parks throughout the country, turning them […]