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  • 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 »

  • Unseen Cuba: First aerial photographs reveal island's spectacular beaut …
    Unseen Cuba: First aerial photographs reveal island's spectacular beaut … Mon, May 18, 2015

    Here's Cuba as you've never seen it before. Lithuanian aerial photographer and publisher Marius Jovaiša is the first artist to receive government permission to fly over the country and photograph it from above. More »

  • As Cuba opens, Hollande seeks greater French role
    As Cuba opens, Hollande seeks greater French role Mon, May 11, 2015

    By Elizabeth Pineau HAVANA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged an end to the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and envisioned a larger French role in Cuba's engagement with the West during the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba. Cuba is in foreign policy talks with both the European Union and the United States amid intense world interest in Cuba following detente with Washington in December. Hollande, travelling with a host of French business executives, is the first serving Western European leader to visit Cuba since Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez came in 1986, and he said he expected others to soon follow his example. More »

  • France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office
    France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office Mon, May 11, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande will meet Cuba's Fidel Castro Monday during his historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties. More »

  • France's Hollande arrives in Cuba on historic visit
    France's Hollande arrives in Cuba on historic visit Mon, May 11, 2015

    Francois Hollande arrived in Havana Sunday, the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century, cementing Paris's lead in the EU rapprochement with the communist island. More »

  • Raul Castro meets pope, says might return to the Church
    Raul Castro meets pope, says might return to the Church Sun, May 10, 2015

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis on Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist. The 83-year-old younger brother of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the Argentine-born pope for nearly an hour - unusually long for a papal meeting - during a meeting the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit. Francis made an exception when Castro asked if he could stop in Rome on his way back from Moscow to thank Francis for the Vatican mediation between the United States and Cuba, Cuban officials said. "When the pope comes to Cuba in September, I promise to go to all his Masses and I will be happy to do so," he said, adding that he reads all of the speeches of Latin America's first pope, who has made defence of the poor a major plank of his papacy. More »

  • Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediating thaw with US
    Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediating thaw with US Sun, May 10, 2015

    Cuban President Raul Castro met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman said. More »

  • Vatican's warming ties with Cuba helped thaw US relations
    Vatican's warming ties with Cuba helped thaw US relations Sun, May 10, 2015

    The Catholic Church was key in helping to broker the historic reconciliation between the US and Cuba, but its role in the communist island has not always been so easy. More »

  • Cuban gays show pride in march and mass symbolic wedding
    Cuban gays show pride in march and mass symbolic wedding Sun, May 10, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - More than 1,000 gay, lesbian and transgender Cubans marched through Havana on Saturday, proudly displaying their truest selves for a day in a society where they still endure discrimination. The Eighth Annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia took on extra meaning this year for about 20 couples who participated in a "Celebration of Love," symbolically exchanging vows as same-sex marriage remains illegal in Cuba. Religious leaders from Cuba and abroad huddled with couples in a crowded pavilion in a ceremony inspired by the mass wedding of more than 100 couples at the World Pride event in Toronto last June. "Our family accepts us but society doesn't," said Raul Orta, who "married" his partner of 13 years, Yaimel Medina. More »

  • Fidel Castro meets Japanese foreign minister in Havana
    Fidel Castro meets Japanese foreign minister in Havana Sun, May 3, 2015

    Cuba's former president Fidel Castro has met with Japan's foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, local media reported. More »

  • Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S., capping diplomatic role
    Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S., capping diplomatic role Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of frozen antagonism. Last December, Havana and Washington announced after 18 months of secret diplomacy brokered by the pope's diplomats and Canada that the two sides were working to reopen embassies in their respective capitals. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi did not specify how long the stop in Cuba would last, saying only that Francis had accepted invitations made by the Cuban government and the Cuban Roman Catholic Church. More »

  • Fifty years later: tracing Che's 'failure' in DR Congo
    Fifty years later: tracing Che's 'failure' in DR Congo Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    "This is the story of a failure," Marxist guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in his journal after a bid to bring "revolutionary war" to the Congo 50 years ago. More »

  • Crocodile Hatchlings Flown 'Home' To Cuba
    Crocodile Hatchlings Flown 'Home' To Cuba Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The offspring of a pair of crocodiles given to a Soviet cosmonaut by former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the 1970s have been taken home to the communist island. The 10 baby Cuban crocodiles, born in a zoo in Sweden, are now 20 months old and measure 1m long (3ft 3ins). They were transported from Stockholm's Skansen zoo by zookeeper Jonas Wahlstrom. "There are very few of them (Cuban crocodiles) left, maybe 100, and now they have 10 more," said Mr Wahlstrom. More »

  • Two opposition candidates defeated in Cuba vote
    Two opposition candidates defeated in Cuba vote Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Two Cuban opposition candidates failed to become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades. More »

  • Dissidents on the ballot in historic Cuba vote
    Dissidents on the ballot in historic Cuba vote Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Cubans voted Sunday in local elections featuring two opposition candidates who could become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades. More »

  • Cuba Hails Its Removal From US Terrorism List
    Cuba Hails Its Removal From US Terrorism List Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Cuban officials have welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to remove the island from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. He notified Congress of the long-awaited move on Tuesday a week after meeting his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas. While the move will ease some economic sanctions on the communist-run island, the broader US embargo on Cuba will stay in place as only Congress can end that. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said in a statement: "We will continue to have differences with the Cuban government. More »