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  • 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 »

  • Cubans thrilled by Obama-Castro talks, but see long road
    Cubans thrilled by Obama-Castro talks, but see long road Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Cubans can still barely believe what they saw: A president named Castro sat down for talks with a "yankee" US leader. But the islanders know the diplomatic thaw will take time. More »

  • Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream
    Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    As a child, Marco Rubio assured his exiled Cuban grandfather that he would overthrow Fidel Castro and lead Cuba. Today, at 43, he harbors a new aspiration: to be president of the United States. More »

  • Musician Carlos Varela seeks to bridge U.S. and Cuban audiences Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Saundra Amrhein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, dubbed "The Poet of Havana," has walked a cultural tightrope in Cuba for decades, questioning the island's communist government in his lyrics, while also hitting out at Washington's five-decades-old trade embargo. His songs earned him a following on both sides of the Florida Straits despite their Cold War divide. "The Poet of Havana," by Toronto-based film director Ron Chapman, depicts Varela as a symbol of a generation of Cuban artists born soon after the 1959 revolution who opted to stay in Cuba rather than emigrate. The documentary, which premiered last month at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa, will be shown in the United States, Cuba and England. More »

  • History now made, U.S. and Cuba face bumpy road ahead
    History now made, U.S. and Cuba face bumpy road ahead Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    In the first meeting of its kind in nearly 60 years, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro sat down together for over an hour on Saturday at a regional summit in Panama, moving a step closer to restoring diplomatic ties. It was the result of nearly two years of secret talks and quiet diplomacy and the mood was positive, both inside the room and out, where Latin American leaders praised Obama for ending decades of U.S. hostility toward the communist-ruled island. Obama clearly sees Cuba as a possible success story for his policy of engaging U.S. foes. More »

  • Obama's Miami connections helped smooth path to meeting with Castro Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Barack Obama's historic talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday were the culmination of a long quest by the U.S. president that included meetings with moderate Cuban-Americans frustrated with the hardliners in their own community who refused to engage Havana. A shift in attitudes in the Cuban-American community, most much of which is based in Miami, helped smooth the way to Obama's change in policy, with a younger generation far more amenable to contact with the communist-ruled island. Likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate and Miami resident, Jeb Bush, who is close to conservative Cuban exiles, summed up the negative feelings of hardliners in a tweet: "Why legitimize a cruel dictator of a repressive regime?" A SMOKE BREAK SPARKS AN INTEREST Obama has been taking the temperature of the Cuban-American community for years. More »

  • Obama, Castro hold 'candid' historic meeting in Panama
    Obama, Castro hold 'candid' historic meeting in Panama Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Barack Obama and Raul Castro held the first face-to-face talks between US and Cuban leaders since 1956 in Panama, vowing to pursue their historic effort to bury Cold War-era enmity. More »

  • Obama meets Raul Castro in highest-level U.S.-Cuba talks in decades
    Obama meets Raul Castro in highest-level U.S.-Cuba talks in decades Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick and Dave Graham PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday in the highest-level talks between the two countries in nearly 60 years, and the two men agreed to push ahead on improving relations after decades of hostility. Describing their private meeting as "historic," Obama said the two countries can now end the antagonism of the Cold War era, although he said he would continue to pressure the communist-led country on democracy and human rights. "Obviously there are still going to be deep and significant differences between our two governments," Obama told Castro as they met in Panama, where they both attended a summit of leaders from across the Americas. The U.S. president said he believed both sides could raise their concerns about the other's policies yet still work together to boost commercial, travel and diplomatic ties. More »

  • U.S. and Cuba: from Cold War hostilities to a historic meeting Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro during a regional summit in Panama on Saturday, the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries for more than 50 years and a landmark encounter as the two countries move to set aside decades of Cold War hostility. Here are some key events in U.S.-Cuba relations in the last half-century: Jan. 1, 1959 - U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba as Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries seize control. April 19, 1959 - Fidel Castro, as prime minister, meets U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in what will become the highest-level talks between the two countries for decades. The next day, CIA-backed Cuban exiles try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, but are defeated. More »

  • Obama And Castro In Historic Meeting
    Obama And Castro In Historic Meeting Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The leaders of the US and Cuba have held their first formal meeting in more than half a century - clearing the way for a thawing of relations that seemed unthinkable to citizens of both countries only a few years ago. US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met in a small conference room in Panama, where they sat side by side. Mr Obama said the event was "obviously a historic meeting", adding that his country was ready to "turn the page" with Cuba on the past. More »