Confirmed: Cuba scraps exit visa requirement





The Cuban Government has announced that it will no longer require its citizens to apply for an exit visa when travelling overseas.

The decision by the Communist Party eliminates a major bureaucratic stumbling-block for many seeking to travel abroad as Cubans had to provide a letter of invitation before permission was given. This decision will take effect on January 13 which will now require Cubans to provide their passport and the visa of the country they seek to travel to.   



  
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West Ham beats EPL champs Man City

West Ham United defeated current English Premiership champions Manchester City 2-1 to claim their third straight win in the league. Morgan Amalfitano fired West Ham ahead in the 20th minute after an assist from Enner Valencia. The champions were thwarted on numerous occasions and saw the deficit increase, when Diafra Sakho scored from a header as West Ham fans were in dreamland. City finally responded and it was through a wonder goal from David Silva whose left footed curler found the back of the net. The Hammers held on to claim a famous win at Upton Park.
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Alia Atkinson wins 2 Gold, 1 Bronze in Beijing

Alia Atkinson wins 2 Gold, 1 Bronze in Beijing
Jamaica's Alia Atkinson finished the Beijing, China leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014, with two Gold and one Bronze medal. At today's second and final day of the competition, the Jamaican in a time of 29.15s won Gold in the Women's 50m Breaststroke final,and finished third for Bronze in the final of the Women's 100m Individual Medley with a time of 59.05s. During yesterday's session, Atkinson in the 100m Breaststroke final she also won Gold clocking 1:04.11s
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Arsenal secures comfortable win at Sunderland

Arsenal claimed a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light over relegation threatened Sunderland in the English Premiership today. Alexis Sanchez pounced on defensive mistake by the Sunderland defence to fire the Gunners ahead in the 30th minute. Sanchez extended the lead after the Sunderland keeper's poor clearance and the win was secured further with the goal. Sunderland offered little quality as Arsenal secured all three points to climb to fourth place with 14 points, while Sunderland sit on 8 points.
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Car overturns along Mandela Highway

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Real Madrid stuns Barcelona in El Clasico

Real Madrid stuns Barcelona in El Clasico
Real Madrid claimed a come from behind 3-1 win to claim bragging rights in 'El Clasico' played at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium today. Barcelona took an early when Neymar fired in just after 3 minutes to stun Madrid. The home side replied but Karim Benzema's two efforts hit the bar and Madrid were awarded a penalty after Gerard Pique was adjudged to have handled in the area. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to score his 17th goal in 11 games to equalise for Madrid in the 33rd minute. Pepe gave Madrid their first lead in the game with a header after 50 minutes, before Benzema extended the lead 11 minutes later finishing off a fine team effort for 3-1. Madrid finished the match dominating Barcelona to claim all three points, and closed the gap at the top of the league to one point.
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Newport Fersan JA hosts over 200 farmers at Holland Estate

Newport Fersan JA hosts over 200 farmers at Holland Estate
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PNP to hold 6 regional meetings on Sunday

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711 arrests for Electricity theft since start of 2014 - JPS

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38-yr-old vendor fatally stabbed in St. James

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Gun seized by Spanish Town Police

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Several Women, Children chopped to death in eastern DR Congo conflict

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Manning's School Cook dies after being mowed down

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Several High School students injured in St. Mary crash

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Knife wielding Woman shot by Police in Port Antonio

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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

Image courtesy of  www.ridoutphoto.com
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

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