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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 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 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 2, 2015

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year. For a half-century, the U.S. trade… read more »

March 30, 2015

Cuba aims to ramp up Internet access: U.S. State Department official

David Adams, Reuters – Cuba, a few decades late to the Internet era, is committed to getting the web into 50 percent of its households by 2020, as well as achieving 60 percent mobile phone access, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday. Cuba has one of the lowest Internet… read more »

March 24, 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 »

March 24, 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 »

March 19, 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 »

March 18, 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 »