For ten days, audiences in Havana enjoyed the stories and characters of the films and documentaries screened at the Havana Film Festival. During these intense days, some felt shock, others anger and yet others empathy. Some suffered and no few had a good laugh. It was a festival for all tastes. When the award-winning films were announced, most spectators already had their own, personal awards list ready.
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The governments of Cuba and Venezuela just signed 62 joint projects for social and economic development in 2015, reported dpa on Sunday. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived at Havana airport on Saturday night.
Talk about good labor-management relations! The Russian oil giant Rosneft has budgeted 157 million rubles this year to send 1,800 of its employees on an all-paid winter vacation to Cuba, Dec. 20-Jan. 15, the Russian media report.
The annual Havana International Crafts Fair (FIART) is taking place at the Pabexpo facility on the west side of the capital through December 21st. The fair is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (27 photos)
Two Cuban stars of Major League Baseball outfielder Yoenis Céspedes and first baseman/DH Kendry Morales, already have new teams for the upcoming season. Cespedes will play with the Detroit Tigers and Kendry with the Kansas City Royals.
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The Cuban Interests Section in Washington announced today that it will renew until the end of March the expired passports of Cubans living in the United States who plan to travel in the coming months to the island.