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May 4, 2015

American Released by Cuba Plays Role as U.S. Relations With Havana Thaw

Randal Archibold, The New York Times — For five years, Alan P. Gross, an American aid worker, sat in a Cuba prison growing so despondent that he openly considered suicide. Now Mr. Gross is contemplating a return visit to Cuba, and helping a new political action committee raise money to… read more »

April 24, 2015

Poll: Most want Cuba off terror list

Jennifer Agiesta, CNN – Only a quarter of Americans say they see Cuba as a serious threat to the United States, and most approve of the Obama administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the government’s list of state sponsors of terror. A new CNN/ORC poll finds 27% describe Cuba as a very… read more »

April 23, 2015

Republicans won’t challenge Cuba’s removal from terrorism list

Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald – Republicans say they will not mount a challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. South Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with congressional colleagues last week to map strategy to prevent the de-listing and had planned… read more »

April 23, 2015

Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball

Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press — Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game’s popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of detente… read more »

April 22, 2015

Pope Francis confirms visit to Cuba before US trip

The Guardian – Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September ahead of a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island that has many Roman Catholics will be the third… read more »

April 21, 2015

U.S. cancer center, software firm reach deals in Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between the longtime adversaries. The Roswell Park Cancer Center of Buffalo, New… read more »

April 20, 2015

Two Cubans lose bids to become first opponents elected to office

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Two Cuban dissidents on Sunday lost attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for Havana municipal assemblies. Hildebrando Chaviano, 65, and Yuniel Lopez, 26, both said they had fallen behind by insurmountable margins and had… read more »

April 19, 2015

Seeking Business, Cuomo Heads to Cuba With a New York Trade Delegation

Susanne Craig, The New York Times — When the United States opened the door for agricultural trade with Cuba more than a decade ago, Ward Dobbins went to Havana to market his Red Delicious apples, fresh from upstate New York. Working out of a tiny trade-show booth, he signed a contract to… read more »

April 16, 2015

Sprint unit launches prepaid cell-phone service to Cuba

David Adams and Francisco Alvarado, Reuters – Boost Mobile, part of Sprint Corp, on Thursday launched a prepaid plan for U.S. consumers calling and texting Cuba, taking advantage of new, relaxed U.S. commercial regulations with the Communist-run island nation. The Obama administration’s new Cuban policy regulations approved by the Treasury and Commerce departments… read more »

April 16, 2015

Obama says Cuba has agreed to address cases of US fugitives

Nendra Pickler, Associated Press — Cuba has agreed to work on resolving the cases of U.S. fugitives harboring from justice on the island as part of the effort to normalize relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama told lawmakers as he made the case for removing the former Cold… read more »