Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Head of EU Foreign Affairs Pays Official Visit to Cuba

ACN — The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arrived on official visit to Cuba on Monday, March 23. Mogherini is scheduled to hold official talks with Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez and meet an agenda that also includes meeting with other local… read more »

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Russian FM visits Cuba, calls for end to US trade embargo

The Associated Press — Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov has launched a tour of Latin America with a stop in Cuba, where he has called for an end to the U.S. embargo against the island nation. The official website Cubadebate says Lavrov discussed bilateral cooperation on Tuesday with Ricardo Cabrisas,… read more »

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

US removes dozens of Cuban companies from blacklist

Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press — The Obama administration has removed dozens of Cuban companies from a U.S. blacklist of terror supporters and narcotics traffickers, another step in the two countries’ process to improve relations. The Treasury Department made the announcement Tuesday. Several of the firms are connected to Cuba’s… read more »

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cuba: Late dissident’s daughter breaks with head of ‘Ladies’

Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press — The daughter of a founding member of Cuba’s Ladies in White publicly split with their current leader Thursday in the latest sign of division within the dissident group, which a decade ago was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize. Laura Maria Labrada,… read more »

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Major League Baseball wants to play exhibition game in Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has declared his intention to play an exhibition game in Cuba in 2016 even though a Cuban baseball official said the two sides had yet to start talks. The game could set up a rapprochement on the diamond similar to the way… read more »

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

New York to Cuba: first direct charter flight takes off

Will Coldwell, The Guardian — The first direct charter flights between New York City and Havana have taken off this week, marking a significant milestone in the easing of relations between the US and Cuba. Cuba Travel Services is now offering the 3 1/2-hour flight as a weekly Tuesday service between JFK International… read more »

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

3 months out of a Cuban prison, Alan Gross savors his freedom

Patrick Oppmann, CNN – So what has U.S. State Department subcontractor Alan Gross been up to since he was released from a Cuban prison exactly three months ago? It turns out a lot more than most of the rest of us. Gross, 65, has started to make up for the five… read more »

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel — Cruise lines are looking to send their ships to Cuba as soon as general tourism is allowed, executives said Tuesday at the industry’s biggest annual convention in Miami Beach. Travel to Cuba has been loosened under new U.S. regulations, but it remains limited to 12… read more »

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S…. read more »

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

NY Cosmos and Cuba set June 2 for soccer friendly in Havana

Eric Nunez, Associated Press — The coaches of the New York Cosmos and Cuba’s national soccer teams jointly announced Monday they will play a June 2 match in Havana. The announcement comes amid talks by Washington and Havana to work toward the restoration of diplomatic relations between the former Cold… read more »