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  • Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' in Cuba as U.S. raises its flag
    Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' in Cuba as U.S. raises its flag Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for political change in Cuba on Friday, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders, as he watched the U.S. flag fly at the American embassy in Havana for the first time in 54 years. Leading a ceremony to mark the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War adversaries, Kerry declared a new era in U.S.-Cuban relations but pressed the Communist government on democracy and human rights. "We remain convinced the people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders," he said in a one-party state where the media is tightly controlled and political dissent is repressed. More »

  • Kerry wraps up historic Cuba flag-raising visit
    Kerry wraps up historic Cuba flag-raising visit Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Secretary of State John Kerry departed Cuba after a historic daylong visit to raise the US flag at the American embassy -- a milestone in Washington's rapprochement with its onetime foe. More »

  • Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba
    Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders. The first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Caribbean island in 70 years, Kerry presided over a ceremony to raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened American embassy. "We remain convinced the people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders," he said in a country where the Communist Party is the only legal political party, the media is tightly controlled, and political dissent is repressed. More »

  • US reopens Cuba embassy in Havana after 54 years
    US reopens Cuba embassy in Havana after 54 years Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The US has reopened its embassy in Havana, Cuba, 54 years after it was closed, a milestone in the easing of relations between the Cold War rivals. John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit the Communist nation in more than 70 years, presided over the ceremony, and watched as the Stars and Stripes was raised. The US flag was presented in the ceremony by the same US marines who lowered it when the embassy closed in 1961. More »

  • Kerry in Havana for banner day in US-Cuba relations
    Kerry in Havana for banner day in US-Cuba relations Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cuba on Friday to raise the US flag over the newly reopened embassy, sealing Washington's historic rapprochement with Havana. More »

  • In another symbol of thawing ties, Kerry to raise U.S. flag at restored Havana …
    In another symbol of thawing ties, Kerry to raise U.S. flag at restored Havana … Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Cuba on Friday to raise the U.S. flag at the recently restored American embassy in Havana, another symbolic step in the thawing of relations between the two Cold War-era foes. The ceremony, raising the flag over the building for the first time in 54 years, comes nearly four weeks after the United States and Cuba formally renewed diplomatic relations and upgraded their diplomatic missions to embassies. While the Cubans celebrated with a flag-raising in Washington on July 20, the Americans waited until Kerry could travel to Havana. More »

  • Cuba's Fidel Castro wants US to repay millions as former leader marks 89th …
    Cuba's Fidel Castro wants US to repay millions as former leader marks 89th … Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has asked the US to repay "millions of dollars it owes" the country, as he celebrates his 89th birthday. "Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations," he wrote in an open letter to the nation which was published in the local media. The brief letter did not specify the exact amount due to Cuba. More »

  • Fidel Castro celebrates 89th birthday with leftist allies
    Fidel Castro celebrates 89th birthday with leftist allies Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday with two of his country's closest leftist allies from Latin America, a day ahead of a historic visit by the U.S. secretary of state. Castro, who handed power to his brother Raul in 2008 because of failing health, met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bolivian President Evo Morales, both staunch supporters of Havana's Communist government. Castro's birthday fell on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Havana. More »

  • Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions
    Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo. More »

  • Fidel Castro Demands US Embargo Reparations
    Fidel Castro Demands US Embargo Reparations Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Fidel Castro has repeated his claim that the US owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" for damages caused by its five-decade-old embargo. Secretary of State John Kerry will raise the Stars and Stripes over a restored American diplomatic mission in the Cuban capital on Friday. He did not cite a specific sum, though Cuba last year put the cost of the US embargo at $1.1 trillion (£710bn). More »

  • Former US president Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer
    Former US president Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Former US president Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that recent liver surgery has shown he has cancer, and that it has spread. More »

  • Decades of skullduggery on both sides at U.S. embassy in Cuba
    Decades of skullduggery on both sides at U.S. embassy in Cuba Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The seven-story building on Havana's famed "Malecon" seafront has for decades been a flashpoint in the Cold War's most enduring rivalry. Spy games and dirty tricks have been directed by and against the U.S. officials working inside the beige structure, which is nondescript architecturally but among the most famous in Havana. Cuba's Communist government regularly organised protests outside and once tried to seize the building to turn it into the fishing ministry. More »

  • Kerry's date with history in old Havana
    Kerry's date with history in old Havana Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    John Kerry has a date with history. On Friday, he will become the first US secretary of state since 1945 to visit Havana, capital of communist Cuba. More »

  • Dissidents fear being left in cold by US-Cuba thaw
    Dissidents fear being left in cold by US-Cuba thaw Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Anti-American protests in Cuba are nothing new. More »

  • Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait
    Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Workers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it just to the left of a giant image of Che Guevara. More »

  • Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end
    Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Cuba marked the anniversary of Fidel Castro's first armed uprising 62 years ago with calls for an end to the US embargo and the return of the US naval base at Guantanamo. More »

  • Cuba tones down anti-U.S. rhetoric on revolution's main holiday
    Cuba tones down anti-U.S. rhetoric on revolution's main holiday Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    By Jaime Hamre SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Cuban leaders pledged to keep socialism alive but toned down the anti-U.S. rhetoric at Cuba's first national holiday since re-establishing diplomatic relations with the United States on July 20. Sunday marked the 62nd anniversary of the first offensive by Fidel Castro's guerrillas against the army of U.S.-backed leader Fulgencio Batista in 1953, starting a rebellion that brought down Batista more than five years later. The most important holiday on Cuba's revolutionary calendar, Sunday's celebration featured artistic performances and patriotic speeches. More »

  • Pope to urge healing in Cuba during upcoming visit
    Pope to urge healing in Cuba during upcoming visit Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Pope Francis will urge Cubans divided for decades over their rigid communist system to bury the hatchet when he visits the island in September, a church official said Thursday. More »

  • 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 »