Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

April 15, 2015 Now Selling Direct Flights to Cuba

Alexandra Talty, Forbes — Closely on the heels of President Obama’s much-anticipated meeting with President Raúl Castro of Cuba in Panama over the weekend,  travel to the Caribbean island just got way easier. A direct flight easier. announced today that they will begin offering nonstop flights to Cuba. Authorized travelers… read more »

April 14, 2015

Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

Randal C. Archibold and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times — The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to… read more »

April 14, 2015

Cuba fights public anger with reform in country’s tense east

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy trashed Cuba’s second-largest city, 35-year-old Melba Martinez is still out of work and struggling to feed two children on her state ration book and a daily hustle for extra rice or cooking oil. “There’s no work, no… read more »

April 12, 2015

Obama meets Raul Castro in highest-level U.S.-Cuba talks in decades

Matt Spetalnick and Dave Graham, 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… read more »

April 11, 2015

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times – President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas… read more »

April 10, 2015

U.S., Cuba hold highest-level meeting in more than 50 years

Matt Spetalnick and Dave Graham, Reuters – The U.S. and Cuban foreign ministers sat down for talks on Thursday night in the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the early days of the Cuban revolution more than half a century ago. Secretary of State John Kerry met Cuban Foreign Minister… read more »

April 10, 2015

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Josh Lederman, Associated Press — The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama. The call between President… read more »

April 9, 2015

U.S. Is Closer to Deciding Cuba’s Status on Terror List

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times – President Obama is nearing a decision on removing Cuba’s three-decade-old designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, citing progress in his push to normalize relations with the island nation as he arrived here on Thursday night for a summit meeting of Latin American leaders. On… read more »

April 7, 2015

Official: Cuba expected to be removed from State Sponsors of Terrorism list

Jim Acosta, CNN – The State Department is expected to recommend that Cuba be removed from the government’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a U.S. official tells CNN on Tuesday, a notorious designation that has been a stumbling block in the establishment of embassies in both Havana and Washington. “Our… read more »

April 7, 2015

NBA to hold basketball camp in Cuba to foster talent

BBC – The NBA will be the first professional US sports league to visit the Communist-run island since the two countries announced a thaw in their relations in December. Retired players Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo will be among those teaching. Basketball is very popular in Cuba and the country has… read more »