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  • Asian, Saudi owners polish Madrid Ritz's faded glory
    Asian, Saudi owners polish Madrid Ritz's faded glory Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Ritz hotel in Madrid was built for King Alfonso XIII in 1910 More »

  • US, Havana renew ties despite discord
    US, Havana renew ties despite discord Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Cuban flag has flown proudly over Havana's newly restored embassy as the US and Cuba relaunched diplomatic ties but swiftly cautioned that sharp differences lingered after five decades of enmity. More »

  • Cuba opens Washington embassy, urges end to embargo
    Cuba opens Washington embassy, urges end to embargo Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored relations, opening a new chapter of engagement between the former Cold War foes. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the reinauguration of the embassy, a milestone in the diplomatic thaw that began with an announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Dec. 17. Underscoring differences that remain between the United States and Communist-ruled Cuba, Rodriguez seized the opportunity to urge Obama to use executive powers to do more to dismantle the economic embargo, the main stumbling block to full normalization of ties. More »

  • Cuban flag flies as US, Havana renew ties despite discord
    Cuban flag flies as US, Havana renew ties despite discord Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The Cuban flag flew proudly over Havana's newly restored embassy Monday as the US and Cuba relaunched diplomatic ties but swiftly cautioned that sharp differences lingered after five decades of enmity. More »

  • Cuba and US reopen embassies: Key events in the history of the Cold War foes …
    Cuba and US reopen embassies: Key events in the history of the Cold War foes … Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The United States and Cuba have re-established embassies in each other's capitals, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago. Fidel Castro's rebels swept to power in January 1959 after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island. The United States recognised the new government, but relations began to sour during the summary trials and executions of Batista loyalists. More »

  • U.S., Cuba foreign ministers to meet in Washington on Monday Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday, the State Department said on Friday, as the two countries formally restore diplomatic ties severed more than 50 years ago. Rodriguez will be in Washington for the reopening of the Communist state's embassy, a hugely symbolic step in the thawing of relations between the countries initiated by President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro in December. State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Kerry and Rodriguez would hold a news conference after their meeting. More »

  • Cuba says Kerry to host FM on Monday as ties restored
    Cuba says Kerry to host FM on Monday as ties restored Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez on Monday to mark the historic reopening of diplomatic ties after a half-century freeze, Cuban officials said Thursday. More »

  • Fidel Castro makes second public appearance in a week
    Fidel Castro makes second public appearance in a week Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Cuban former president Fidel Castro has made a second public appearance in less than a week, state media said Saturday, marking an unusually high-profile spell for the aging revolutionary icon. More »

  • Fidel Castro, 88, makes second public appearance in a week Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, made his second public appearance in a week on Thursday, meeting with military officers and civilians who were honoured for their performance in food production, official media reported on Saturday. Fidel writes an occasional newspaper column and receives dignitaries at home. More »

  • US Cruise Firm Set For Cuba Trips Next Year
    US Cruise Firm Set For Cuba Trips Next Year Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A US firm has become the first to win approval to operate culturally themed cruises to Cuba and could start transporting American passengers from May. The two countries have been improving relations over the last few months after more than 50 years of hostility, including a trade embargo being brought in against the communist country. Last week, both countries formally agreed to restore diplomatic relations from 20 July. More »

  • Fidel Castro congratulates Greek PM on referendum result
    Fidel Castro congratulates Greek PM on referendum result Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Screen grab from a video released on July 4, 2015 by Cubavision shows Cuban former President Fidel Castro More »

  • Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Cuba
    Ex-US diplomat looks back on 50 years of ties with Cuba Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    As the US diplomats headed out to sea, their embassy in Havana closed but still visible on the horizon, the lights in its windows flickered. More »

  • Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing
    Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home. More »

  • Fidel Castro, 88, visits cheese-makers in rare public appearance Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media reported on Saturday. The photos showing the leader alive and well came out three days after his younger brother and current president, Raul Castro, announced a formal agreement with the United States on restoring diplomatic relations after a break of 54 years. It was Fidel Castro's first reported public appearance in three months. More »

  • Cuban, US scientists bond over big sharks
    Cuban, US scientists bond over big sharks Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Somewhere in the North Atlantic right now, a longfin mako shark -- a cousin of the storied great white -- is cruising around, oblivious to the yellow satellite tag on its dorsal fin. More »

  • US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen
    US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War. More »

  • Obama: US And Cuban Embassies Signify 'Change'
    Obama: US And Cuban Embassies Signify 'Change' Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama has confirmed the US and Cuba will reopen embassies in Washington and Havana in "a historic step". Cuban President Raul Castro confirmed Washington and Havana would open the embassies as early as 20 July. Mr Obama said Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to Havana this summer to "proudly" raise the American flag over the diplomatic mission in the Cuban capital. More »

  • U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years
    U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Jeff Mason HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro exchanged letters agreeing to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, with the Cubans saying that could happen as soon as July 20. "This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalise relations with the Cuban government and people and begin a new chapter with our neighbours in the Americas," Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. More »

  • Human rights group says Cuba has 60 political prisoners
    Human rights group says Cuba has 60 political prisoners Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's leading human rights commission on Friday accused the government of having 60 political prisoners, a number the group acknowledges includes armed insurrectionists, hijackers and spies as well as peaceful political activists. Cuba's Communist government has said it has no political prisoners, and that opponents mistakenly consider armed counter-revolutionaries and common criminals as political cases. In addition to the 60 behind bars, another 11 former political prisoners are out on parole and unable to leave Cuba. More »

  • A Castro son rises in Cuba
    A Castro son rises in Cuba Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro's son has emerged as one of his father's closest aides, taking on an increasingly important role reminiscent of the one Raul used to play for his older brother Fidel Castro. Alejandro Castro Espin, 49, is a colonel in Cuba's interior ministry and was until recently a little-seen figure. As his father has moved to improve relations with the United States after decades of hostility, however, his son has been right by his side. More »

  • Insight - Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits
    Insight - Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist Cuba's newfound interest in foreign capital has its limits, as Philippe Pouletty found out. A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that. "I told him in a half serious, half joking mode, that I had a capitalist proposal," Pouletty said of his conversation with Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro's eldest son, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, a science advisor to the government. More »

  • Cuba's dedicated young boxers train for Olympic success - Photo essay by …
    Cuba's dedicated young boxers train for Olympic success - Photo essay by … Thu, May 21, 2015

    Although Cuba's national sport is baseball, boxing is the sport where they have achieved the greatest dominance at the Olympic Games. Since the 1968 Games, Cuba has won a total of 53 medals – 33 of those gold. From there, the best fighters are selected to go work out at the junior national team training centre, and if they are good enough, they may then be picked for the national team – where there are only 12 spots available to represent their country at the Olympics. More »