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Cubans Cheer as Internet Goes Nationwide for Day

Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island’s more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service. Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. State-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced the trial, with Tuesday marking the first time internet […]

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From Challenge Grants to P.R.: Many Facets of J. Luce Foundation

New York, N.Y.  When my mother passed away in 2001, I was inspired to create Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) that went on to help vulnerable children in Africa, Asia and the Americas. My father’s death in 2007 provided the impetus to create a foundation embracing arts, education and orphan care with an emphasis on supporting young global […]

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Vital Efforts to Protect Children for Wider Peace in Colombia

New York, N.Y. The senior United Nations child rights envoy today said she is heartened by the commitment of the Colombian Government and a the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) to separate and reintegrate children associated with the armed group, despite the negative results of the recent referendum on the Colombian peace accord. […]

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In Wake of Hurricane Matthew, U.N. to Deliver Food for 180,000 People

New York, N.Y. – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Cuban Government to provide food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern areas of the island as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. WFP and the Government of Cuba will deliver food for 180,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew, starting […]

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Florida Bank to Offer First Credit Cards for Use in Cuba

Pompano Beach, FL, A small regional Florida bank is making history. Stonegate Bank is issuing the first credit card that can be used in Cuba since Washington and Havana normalized relations. Cuba has two currencies: 1 for tourists and 1 for Cubans. The one for tourists is worth 26 times more. Photo: Flickr/James Byrum. “In […]

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Cuban-American Youth More Open to Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations

Miami, FL. Like many young Cuban-Americans in Miami, 18-year-old Stephanie Chaviano grew up speaking two languages: Spanish, at home, and English, in school. President Barack Obama’s change in policy toward Cuba comes as the Cuban-American population itself is changing – in its demographics, views of U.S.-Cuba policy and its politics. Chaviano has spent her entire […]

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Sixteenth Annual Leadership Awards Reception Rocks New York

New York, N.Y. What an absolutely amazing event last week! The breadth of our activities over the last sixteen years blew me away. Our St. John’s University event, featuring our new Funds, Fellows and our upcoming Luce Leadership Experience – Hellas, was even more amazing because of the multitude of people involved in making the […]

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U.N. Renews Long-Standing Call for End to U.S. Cuba Embargo

New York, N.Y. In a near unanimous vote, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution renewing its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also acknowledging the restoration, after nearly 50 years, of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The […]

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