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Maduro Virtually Unopposed in April Elections in Venezuela

The main Venezuelan opposition announced on Wednesday that it will not participate in the snap presidential elections of April 22, because it considers the vote a show by President Nicolas Maduro, who will now run virtually unopposed for re-election un... Continue reading

Havana Weather for February 22-28

The high temperatures will be between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F) and the lows between 21 and 22° C (70 and 72 F). The sea surface temperature will be 25° C (77 F). Probability of rainfall is low. Continue reading

US Congressional Delegation Visiting Cuba Meets with Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro, who steps down in April, received on Tuesday a delegation of US congressmen visiting the island to discuss the alleged sonic attacks suffered by US diplomats stationed in Havana. Continue reading

San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status

Five months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, swaths of the island still have no electricity, while food and water supplies have been slow to arrive. Continue reading

Venezuelan Opposition Still Undecided on Participation in Elections

The Venezuelan opposition continues to debate and delay its decision on whether or not to participate in the presidential elections on April 22, in which President Nicolas Maduro assures his reelection with or without opposition. Continue reading

Independent Cuban filmmakers in New York’s Museum of Modern Art

An exhibition on independent Cuban film will be shown in March at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. This is an unprecedented event within Cuba’s cultural scene, there’s no doubt about that. Continue reading

US Congress Delegation Visits Cuba to Deal with Alleged Attacks

The group is headed by Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, one of the greatest advocates of the thaw between Cuba and the United States that took place under President Obama. Continue reading

El Salvador Court Releases Woman Jailed over Stillbirth

In El Salvador, a court has released a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby, reports Democracy Now. She has already spent over 10 years in prison. Continue reading

Havana Weather for February 15-21

The days will remain warm, with isolated cloudiness and very low probability of rain. The high temperatures will oscillate between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F) and the lows will be between 21 and 22° C (70 and 72 F). Continue reading

Gioconda Belli: Poetry Can Defy Racism and Bigotry

Author Gioconda Belli urged narrators and poets gathered in Granada, Nicaragua for the annual International Poetry Festival to exercise the power of the word "against all odds" to defend the world from racists and fanatics. Continue reading

Hundreds of Water Filters Made in Cuba Arrive in Guantanamo

Throughout the year 2017, a total of 470 ceramic filters were distributed for water purification for human consumption, benefitting approximately 1,880 persons (an average of four per home). Continue reading

Spicy Joke “Fools” at the Havana Book Fair

The writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Eduardo del Llano pulled off a playfully joke at his own award ceremony and laughed with those attending the event at the 27th International Book Fair of Havana. Continue reading

Mexican Blogger and Satirist Killed in Guerrero

  HAVANA TIMES —Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero must undertake an exhaustive investigation into the murder of Continue reading

Venezuela: Maduro is Very Popular, says Poll

While the Venezuelan population is immersed in a spiral of hyperinflation and shortages of basic products, the little-known pollster, International Consulting Services, reveals that the re-election of Nicolas Maduro is nearly a sure thing, which will a... Continue reading

Venezuela Presidential Elections Set for April 22

The National Electoral Council of Venezuela announced Wednesday the holding of early presidential elections on April 22, in which president Nicolas Maduro assures he will win reelection until 2025, with or without opposition. Continue reading

World Court Settles Nicaragua – Costa Rica Disputes

Both satisfied with the rulings, representatives from Nicaragua and Costa Rica expressed the hope that they wouldn’t be returning again to the Hague due to these conflicts. Continue reading

Havana Weather for February 8-14

The days of this 7-day forecast period will be warm, with high temperatures between 28 and 30° C (82 and 86 F) and the lows around 21° C (70 F). The sea surface temperature will be 25° C (77 F). Continue reading

Cuba Eliminated in Semifinals of the Caribbean Series

The Alzanes de Granma representing Cuba were eliminated on Wednesday evening from the Caribbean Series losing their semifinal do-or-die match 7-4 against the team from the Dominican Republic (Aguilas Cibaeñas). Continue reading

British Court Keeps Assange’s Arrest Warrant in Force

The arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for violating his terms of bail is still in effect, a British court said on Tuesday. Assange has been held up for over five years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Continue reading

US Threatens Venezuelan Oil Embargo, Would Support a Military Coup

As Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro prepares favorable conditions for his reelection until 2025, tension grows with the Trump administration, reports Democracy Now on Monday. Continue reading

The “Yes” Vote Triumphs in Ecuador and Puts an End to Indefinite Reelection

The "Yes" vote triumphed Sunday in the referendum promoted by the president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, in which citizens were called to pronounce on seven political, social and environmental issues. Continue reading

Maduro: “I Know The People Love Me”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday he is confident of his re-election and affirmed that after the presidential elections, he will "clean up the country's economy." Continue reading

What’s Behind Sunday’s Referendum in Ecuador?

The level of support obtained by the president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, in the referendum this Sunday will determine his political capital to implement a different course from the "citizen's revolution" of his predecessor and current political enemy, ... Continue reading

Roberto Rivas’ Brother and Sister-in-Law Fall from Grace in Costa Rica

The fall from grace of the Electoral Magistrate’s brother in Costa Rica after nearly ten years in this diplomatic post comes over a month after Robert Rivas was included by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control in a list of “people involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption. Continue reading

Son of Fidel Castro Commits Suicide

Fidel Angel Castro, the son of Fidel Castro committed suicide on February 1, unable to overcome severe depression, reports the official Granma newspaper. Continue reading

Havana Weather for February 1-7

The days will be partially cloudy, with variable and weak winds, which will intensify slightly in the afternoons. The high temperatures will be between 24 and 27° C (75 and 81 F) while the lows will be between 17 and 19° C (63 and 66 F). Continue reading