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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 …

Cuba cancels annual Conga Against Homophobia march – BBC News

The Cuban government has cancelled the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia. In a Facebook post, the state-run National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX) blamed “new tensions in the international and regional context” for the cancellation. Activists have condemned the move and questioned the government’s motives. Cuba was set to …

Havana’s Malecon threatened by climate change, neglect

FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, strong waves brought by Hurricane Irma hit the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba. HAVANA (AP) — Havana starts on the Malecon, the elegant, crumbling coastal boulevard whose early 20th-century buildings face a sea that sprays them with salt and pounds them …

Cuba’s decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma

People clear debris outside their homes after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Cuban state media reported 10 deaths despite the country’s usually rigorous disaster preparations. More than 1 million were evacuated from flood-prone areas. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)  HAVANA (AP) — The historic but …

With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, socialist Cuba has 1st luxury mall

HAVANA (AP) — The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s new Havana store make $12.50 a month. The acacia eau de toilette they sell costs $95.20 a bottle. Rejuvenating face cream is $162.40 an ounce. A few doors down, a Canon EOS camera goes for $7,542.01. A Bulgari watch, $10,200. In …

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

HAVANA (AP) — Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba’s hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made …

Academics race to save rare colonial documents in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — An American team of academics is racing to preserve millions of Cuban historical documents before they are lost to the elements and poor storage conditions. Many of the documents shed light on the slave trade, an integral part of Cuba’s colonial history that was intertwined with that …