Cuba bids farewell to Fidel Castro

A nine-story portrait of a young Fidel Castro has joined the towering images of fallen guerrillas overlooking Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution, the massive square where Cuba on Monday begins bidding farewell to the man who ruled the island for nearly half a century. After 10 years of leadership by Castro’s younger brother Raul, a relatively camera-shy and low-key successor, […]

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In major breakthrough, Cuba and U.S. discuss $1.9 billion in property claims

U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana on Tuesday to begin negotiating a possible settlement for $1.9 billion worth of American assets seized by Fidel Castro’s government in the early 1960s, as well as other claims built up over years of strained relations. The talks were a breakthrough and would have been hard to imagine before President Obama and Cuban President […]

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Cuba denies it has sent troops to Syria to help Assad

The Cuban government on Saturday denied what it called an “irresponsible and unfounded” report that it had sent troops to Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Foreign ministry official Gerardo Penalver “categorically denies and refutes the irresponsible and unfounded information regarding the supposed presence of Cuban troops in the Syrian Arab Republic,” a government statement said. The University […]

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Cuba announces new ambassador to US

Cuba has appointed an ambassador to the US – the first since 1961 – as part of the ongoing thaw in relations between the two countries. Jose Cabanas is a veteran diplomat who has run Cuba’s “interests section” in Washington since 2012. He was received at the White House with 15 other new diplomats from other countries. Washington has yet […]

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U.S. Takes Cuba Off Terror List

It’s part of the process to normalize relations between the Cold War foes (HAVANA)—The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba’s […]

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Cubans Hail Removal From U.S. List of State Terrorism Sponsors

The removal heals a decades-old insult to Cuba’s national pride and will lead to restoring diplomatic ties (HAVANA) — Cuban officials and ordinary citizens alike hailed the island’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the move by President Barack Obama heals a decades-old insult to national pride and clears the way to swiftly restore diplomatic […]

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Fidel Castro Appears in Public for First Time in More Than a Year

The former Cuban president was “full of vitality,” according to official media Aging former Cuban president Fidel Castro emerged in public for the first time in 14 months. Official media released images of Castro on Saturday, showing him meeting with a group of visiting Venezuelans last Monday. The images show Castro, wearing a baseball cap and windbreaker, shaking hands from […]

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U.S. Eases Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

Will make it easier for people and companies to do business in Cuba The United States announced Thursday that it was easing restrictions on travel and commerce in Cuba, in the first step of President Barack Obama’s plan to thaw relationsbetween the two countries. The new measures, which take effect on Friday, authorize airlines to fly to Cuba and allow […]

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