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February 27, 2015

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his “habanos” sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Now he’s delighted by the idea of customers lighting them up in New York, Los Angeles… read more »

February 23, 2015

Florida companies push U.S. to license ferry services to Cuba

David Adams, Reuters — Catamaran builder Brian Hall is too young to remember when ferries plied the route between Florida and Cuba in the 1950s, but he has plans to be among the first to revive the once-popular route. Boosted by President Barack Obama’s policy of seeking to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island… read more »

February 18, 2015

Cuba temporarily cuts price of Internet access

Andrea Rodriguez, AP — Cuba has temporarily reduced the hourly charge for using state-run Internet cafes in the country’s first small but substantive public move to increase online access since the declaration of detente with the U.S. President Barack Obama said late last year that Cuba had promised to increase… read more »

February 13, 2015

US Allows Imports of Privately Produced Products From Cuba

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, ABC News — The Obama administration says it will allow Cuba’s small private business sector to sell goods to the United States in a potentially important loosening of the half-century trade embargo on the communist island. A list published by the U.S. State Department Friday said Americans… read more »

February 2, 2015

U.S. lawmakers preparing Cuba telecomms, agriculture bills: aides

Patricia Zengerle, Reuters — U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months, senior congressional aides said on Monday. These would be the first practical steps toward lifting the U.S. trade… read more »

January 23, 2015

MasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba using U.S.: issued cards

Reuters — MasterCard Inc (MA.N) said it would allow its cards issued in the United States to be used in Cuba, effective March 1. The United States announced sweeping new rules this month that will significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the communist-ruled island to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial… read more »

January 20, 2015

Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — President Obama will tell members of Congress at tonight’s State of the Union he has done all he can do to normalize relations with Cuba and only they can lift the 50-year-old embargo, sources told ABC news. The president will say it’s… read more »

December 13, 2014

‘US embargo delayed’ Cuban Ebola team’s pay

Al Jazeera – Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the US embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organisation, according to an official at the UN agency. Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency’s representative for Cuba, told the Associated Press… read more »

December 8, 2014

Cuba urges slashing tariffs on intra-Caribbean trade

EFE — Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday called for revising and updating the trade and cooperation agreement between his country and the Caribbean Community to scrap tariffs on 300 products. “Small and vulnerable” countries need to receive “special treatment on trade access and investments,” he said in an address… read more »

November 4, 2014

Casa Blanca: detención de Alan Gross es un obstáculo con Cuba

El Nuevo Herald – La detención injustificada del contratista Alan Gross es un obstáculo para el mejoramiento de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, dijo este martes Josh Earnest, secretario de prensa de la Casa Blanca en una rueda de prensa en Washington. Earnest también descartó que EEUU esté considerando… read more »