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April 23, 2015

Republicans won’t challenge Cuba’s removal from terrorism list

Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald — Republicans say they will not mount a challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. South Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with congressional colleagues last week to map strategy to prevent the de-listing and had planned… read more »

April 23, 2015

Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball

Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press — Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game’s popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of detente… read more »

April 22, 2015

Pope Francis confirms visit to Cuba before US trip

The Guardian — Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September ahead of a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island that has many Roman Catholics will be the third… read more »

April 7, 2015

NBA to hold basketball camp in Cuba to foster talent

BBC — The NBA will be the first professional US sports league to visit the Communist-run island since the two countries announced a thaw in their relations in December. Retired players Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo will be among those teaching. Basketball is very popular in Cuba and the country has… 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 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 »

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 17, 2015

Conan O’Brien Heads to Cuba to Film Show Segments

Alex Stedman, MSN — “Saturday Night Live” fans were likely wondering why Conan O’Brien, who was a writer for the show in the late ’90s, wasn’t a part of the 40th anniversary special that aired Sunday night. O’Brien’s excuse? He was in Cuba. O’Brien was in the country over the Presidents Day weekend… read more »