Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters — The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by… read more »

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

AP Source: US, Cuba to Announce Plan to Open Embassies

Julie Pace, AP — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the… read more »

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

G.O.P.-Led House Votes to Keep Curbs on American Travel to Cuba

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (A.P.) — House Republicans voted Thursday to maintain restrictions on Americans seeking to travel to Cuba, a setback to efforts by the Obama administration to ease the five-decade standoff. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 247 to 176 to retain a Cuba-related provision in a transportation funding bill…. read more »

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Byrne Has Change of Heart on Cuba

Rose Ann Haven — WKRG WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Cuba is a beautiful country and the people there are really great”, said Congressman Bradley Byrne Monday afternoon in Washington D.C. He’s looking forward to a normalized relationship with Cuba that’s beneficial to both countries. Byrne sounded very optimistic after he and… read more »

Friday, May 29th, 2015

US removes Cuba from list of state sponsors of terror

BBC — The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32926821

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

US, Cuba Close Rounds of Talks With No Embassy Announcement

Bradley Klapper — Associated Press The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. The former foes completed on Friday a third round of negotiations since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced in December their intention to improve relations. A Cuban statement says they agreed to continue talks,… read more »

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Cuba opens a U.S. bank account

Patrick Gillespie — CNN Money Stonegate Bank, a Florida-based bank that opened only a decade ago, will host the Cuban government’s finances. It’s another step forward in renewing U.S.-Cuba ties that will make it easier for Cuba to eventually reestablish an official embassy in the U.S. Cuba closed its embassy… read more »

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

U.S.-Cuba to Resume Embassy Talks

Jim Acosta — CNN Senior officials from the United States and Cuba will resume meetings next week with the goal of finalizing the diplomatic thaw that both sides hope will lead to the re-opening of embassies in each country. The talks, set to take place in Washington, come after President… read more »

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

France’s Hollande meets Fidel and Raul Castro in Havana

BBC News — French President Francois Hollande has met Cuba’s 1959 revolutionary leaders Fidel and Raul Castro on a historic trip to Havana. Mr Hollande also called for an end to the decades-long US trade embargo against Cuba. He said the embargo badly damaged development of the island. Mr Hollande… read more »

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Charter Flights from Havana to BWI Announced

WUSA staff — You will soon be able to fly from BWI Airport to Cuba come September 30, 2015. Charter flights between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Havana, Cuba are scheduled to begin by the end of September, according to Island Travel & Tours, Ltd. The flights will be… read more »