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Economic changes in Cuba under President Raul Castro
Cuban National Assembly to elect new leader, announce Raul Castro's replacement
Cuba Set to Pick Raul Castro's Replacement Wednesday
Miguel Dìaz-Canel, the face of post-Castro Cuba
Cuba embraces social media during transition
Cuban Parliament holds its constitutive session (+Infographics))
Cuban Parliament holds its constitutive session
The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban...
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Castro family's reign over Cuba to end with new leader Diaz-Canel
The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
The end of almost 60 years of Castro rule for Cuba
Diaz-Canel lone candidate to replace Raul Castro as Cuban president
The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
Cuba embraces social media during transition
Cubans gear for new leader
Cuban officials select Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as candidate to succeed Raul Castro
CT Global (CTG) Christian Cryptocurrency Begins Open Market Trading Today
Cuba prepares for life beyond Castros
A look at Cuba at a time of political transition
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban president
Cuba Begins ‘Transition’ That Will Leave Raúl Castro Still Running the Country
In Cuba, the revolution lives in memories of Che Guevara
Cuba without a Castro
A look at the younger gen of Cuban leaders
Cuba’s National Assembly opens session that will propel a non-Castro to the presidency
Cuba set to usher in new era without a Castro at the helm
Top Research Firm: Stem Cell Assay Market Estimated to Achieve CAGR Growth of +16% By 2023
Cuban lawmakers were set to start a two-day session on Wednesday to name the first non-Castro president in more than 40 years, ushering in younger Communist leaders who will be under pressure to revitalise the creaking economy.
The Latest: 6 nominated for Cuban vice presidency posts
A new era opens in Cuba as Raul Castro prepares for a successor
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Cuba says Canada's withdrawal of diplomat families unjustified
It's the end of the Castro era in Cuba as ...
It's the end of the Castro era in Cuba as Raul officially steps down as ...
Cuban officials select 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba
It’s the end of the Castro era in Cuba as Raul officially steps down as ruler this week
Inside Raul Castro's Cuba
Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
Cuba lawmakers gather to replace Castro
Cuba picks Díaz-Canel to succeed Castro
Cuba could learn from Vietnam when it comes to the economy
Castro rule in Cuba nears end as Miguel Diaz-Canel named sole candidate for leadership change
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Cuba lawmakers meet to choose Raúl Castro's successor
Havana, Cuba Slideshow with Eliades Ochoa's beautiful song..
AMAZING!! Cuban kids performing Cuban salsa in Havana
Salsa on the street in La Habana, Cuba
Authentic Cuba - Official Tourism Video
Cuba- A Very Speial Place
Happy In La Habana
CUBA 2014. Ideas y actividades en Habana, Viñales, Trinidad y Varadero.
The Real Cuba
Cuba Revisited Feb 2014
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Current News in Cuba
  • Economic changes in Cuba under President Raul Castro
  • Cuban National Assembly to elect new leader, announce Raul Castro's replacement
  • Cuba Set to Pick Raul Castro's Replacement Wednesday
  • Miguel Dìaz-Canel, the face of post-Castro Cuba
  • Cuba embraces social media during transition
  • Cuban Parliament holds its constitutive session (+Infographics))
  • Cuban Parliament holds its constitutive session
  • The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
  • Biologics Market Growth Is 66% Faster Than Pharma
  • Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban...
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Castro family's reign over Cuba to end with new leader Diaz-Canel
  • The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
  • The end of almost 60 years of Castro rule for Cuba
  • Diaz-Canel lone candidate to replace Raul Castro as Cuban president
  • The Latest: Cuba embraces social media during transition
  • Cuba embraces social media during transition
  • Cubans gear for new leader
  • Cuban officials select Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as candidate to succeed Raul Castro
  • CT Global (CTG) Christian Cryptocurrency Begins Open Market Trading Today
  • Cuba prepares for life beyond Castros
  • A look at Cuba at a time of political transition
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban president
  • Cuba Begins ‘Transition’ That Will Leave Raúl Castro Still Running the Country
  • In Cuba, the revolution lives in memories of Che Guevara
  • Cuba without a Castro
  • A look at the younger gen of Cuban leaders
  • Cuba’s National Assembly opens session that will propel a non-Castro to the presidency
  • Cuba set to usher in new era without a Castro at the helm
  • Top Research Firm: Stem Cell Assay Market Estimated to Achieve CAGR Growth of +16% By 2023
  • Cuban lawmakers were set to start a two-day session on Wednesday to name the first non-Castro president in more than 40 years, ushering in younger Communist leaders who will be under pressure to revitalise the creaking economy.
  • The Latest: 6 nominated for Cuban vice presidency posts
  • A new era opens in Cuba as Raul Castro prepares for a successor
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Cuba says Canada's withdrawal of diplomat families unjustified
  • It's the end of the Castro era in Cuba as ...
  • It's the end of the Castro era in Cuba as Raul officially steps down as ...
  • Cuban officials select 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba
  • It’s the end of the Castro era in Cuba as Raul officially steps down as ruler this week
  • Inside Raul Castro's Cuba
  • Three for Earth Day -- Sunday April 22 @ 3 PM in New York City
  • Cuba lawmakers gather to replace Castro
  • Cuba picks Díaz-Canel to succeed Castro
  • Cuba could learn from Vietnam when it comes to the economy
  • Castro rule in Cuba nears end as Miguel Diaz-Canel named sole candidate for leadership change
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Cuba lawmakers meet to choose Raúl Castro's successor
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Current Weather
  • Havanna 75°F
  • Santa Clara 73°F
  • Santiago de Cuba 81°F
  • Varadero 75°F
Videos
  • Havana, Cuba Slideshow with Eliades Ochoa's beautiful song..
  • AMAZING!! Cuban kids performing Cuban salsa in Havana
  • Salsa on the street in La Habana, Cuba
  • Authentic Cuba - Official Tourism Video
  • Cuba- A Very Speial Place
  • Happy In La Habana
  • CUBA 2014. Ideas y actividades en Habana, Viñales, Trinidad y Varadero.
  • The Real Cuba
  • Cuba Revisited Feb 2014
Currency Exchange Rate
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Cuban Pesos
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U.S. State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
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