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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 »

March 17, 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 »

March 17, 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 »

March 4, 2015

Cuba looks north to US farmers for help with food crisis

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — The rust-red fields stretched for miles in the Cuban sun, garlic shoots and beetroot leaves waving gently in the spring breeze. Pink piglets nosed for scraps under the admiring gaze of former President Ronald Reagan’s first secretary of agriculture and about a dozen other U.S…. read more »

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 »