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Cuba: Caribbean country
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The area of the Republic of Cuba is 110,860 square kilometers (42,800 sq mi). The island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean, with an area of 105,006 square kilometers (40,543 sq mi), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.


Cuba sets example with successful COVID-19 strategy [Video]

Cuba sets example with successful COVID-19 strategy

Cuba has been so successful, it was able to send its doctors overseas to help other countries.

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Face mask fashion: Cuba's twist on the 'quince' [Video]

Face mask fashion: Cuba's twist on the 'quince'

Cuban girls are turning face masks into fashion accessories for their quinceanera photoshoots, curating them to match their 15th birthday party outfits - both out of safety concerns and to show how..

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Why Are Cuban Cigars So Expensive? [Video]

Why Are Cuban Cigars So Expensive?

A box of good quality Habanos Cuban cigars can cost thousands of dollars. Every hand-rolled Cuban cigar goes through about 500 manual tasks from seed to cigar. For more than 200 years, the culture of..

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Cuba declares COVID-19 ‘under control’ [Video]

Cuba declares COVID-19 ‘under control’

The Cuban government says coronavirus pandemic is ‘under control’ after nine days without a death from COVID-19.

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Full Circle: On Father's Day, Elian Gonzalez Announces He's Going To Be A Dad [Video]

Full Circle: On Father's Day, Elian Gonzalez Announces He's Going To Be A Dad

Elian Gonzalez was once a young Cuban boy whose custody case sparked diplomatic tensions and attracted intense media coverage. Now, CNN reports Gonzalez marked Father's Day by announcing on Facebook he..

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Elderly woman fashions cardboard coronavirus shield [Video]

Elderly woman fashions cardboard coronavirus shield

Ever since the coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb. Underneath it is Feridia Rojas, 82, who decided to build and wear mobile..

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Hundreds of Cuban doctors and nurses who were sent to Mexico City to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic could stay longer if cases keep rising, a senior government official said.
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Cuba will test all visitors for coronavirus when it reopens to international tourism, which will be limited at first to the beach resorts at the keys of the Caribbean's largest island, Prime Minister..
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Trump administration orders Marriott to shutter Cuba hotel by end of August

The U.S. Department of Treasury ordered Marriott to shut down its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana, Cuba, by Aug. 31 amid continuing tensions.
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On Raul Castro's birthday, U.S. threatens Cuba remittances

The Trump administration expanded on Wednesday its list of Cuban entities that Americans are banned from doing business with to include the financial corporation that handles U.S. remittances to the..
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U.S. caps charter flights to Cuba at 3,600 per year

The United States will impose a cap on charter flights to Cuba at 3,600 per year, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's administration moves to curb the Cuban..
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Online shopping highlights Cuba's inequality in time of coronavirus

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At least 500 Cuban health workers are helping tackle the new coronavirus in Mexico City, Mexican officials say, making it likely the largest contingent the communist-led island has deployed globally as..
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Exclusive: U.S. considers returning Cuba to list of state sponsors of terrorism - source

The United States is considering returning Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday, a move that would mark another major blow to..
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U.S. says Cuba is not cooperating fully on counterterrorism

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With Castro-era biotech, Cuba seeks to compete in coronavirus treatment race

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Cuba calls attack on Washington embassy terrorism; police say gunman heard voices

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday called a gun assault last week on its embassy in Washington a "terrorist attack", while U.S. court papers said the suspected gunman was a psychotic Cuban..
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Police arrested a suspect early on Thursday morning after reports of gunfire at Cuba's embassy in the United States, the Secret Service and Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said.
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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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Brazil to hire more doctors to fight coronavirus, including Cubans

Brazil is set to hire more doctors to fight coronavirus and the drive will include Cuban doctors in Brazil as part of a medical program that was canceled in late 2018 amid a diplomatic spat between..
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Coronavirus-hit British cruise ship finds refuge in Cuba

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Communist-run Cuba releases dissident artist after uproar

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