Cuba

  1. The Armed Struggle

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    Video caption: Spies, revolutionaries and diplomats reveal the secrets of how Cuba challenged the world.

    Spies, revolutionaries and diplomats reveal the secrets of how a small island in the Caribbean challenged the world.

  2. Coronavirus: Cuban doctors in SA ready for posting

    Cuban Health Brigade arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Image caption: The arrival of the doctors was criticised by the US

    More than 200 doctors from Cuba have finished their mandatory quarantine in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, and are ready for deployment.

    After arriving in the country's main city, Johannesburg, on 26 April, the team was under a two-week quarantine at a Pretoria hotel, local media report.

    On Thursday, they issued a statement on the Cuban embassy's website declaring they had ended their quarantine and are ready to embark on the "difficult task".

    "We have successfully completed, in both Cuba and South Africa, the strict periods of preventive quarantine and we are all fully ready to depart for the different provinces of the country and immediately begin the difficult but noble task that has been entrusted to us," they said.

    The US has criticised South Africa for accepting the doctors and accused Cuba of profiting from the pandemic - allegations the island nation denies.

    Some South Africans have also criticised the move, arguing that local doctors should have been employed instead.

  3. Cuban doctors land in South Africa to help with Covid-19 treatment

    A team of Cuban medics has arrived in South Africa to help the country limit the spread of coronavirus, South Africa's department of health has tweeted.

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    The Cuban doctors are to be deployed to different provinces by South Africa's Department of Health, Cuba's ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson has said.

    The two countries have close ties as Cuba was instrumental in the fight against white-minority rule in South Africa, which did not end until 1994 when anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was elected president.

    South Africa, with more than 4,500 Covid-19 cases, is one of the worst-hit African countries, but it appears to have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus.

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  4. Acosta starts as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet

    World-renowned ballet danger Carlos Acosta has taken up his position as the new director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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    The Cuban-born dancer and choreographer has previously said he wanted to "reach out to new and more diverse audiences".

    Mr Acosta, born in Havana, was the youngest of 11 children and went on to train at the National Ballet School of Cuba before enjoying a celebrated 30-year career in dance, including 17 years with the Royal Ballet. He was appointed a CBE in 2014.

    During his career he won, among other accolades, an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from The Royal Academy of Dance.

    On his first day he tweeted: "Everything is possible".

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    Video caption: How Cuba’s digital revolutionaries are fighting for change

    A year after Cuba’s government allowed 3G on the island, we follow three activists who are using the internet to drive rapid change.