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April 16, 2015

Pope Francis Considers Stop in Cuba as Part of U.S. Trip

Francis X. Rocca, Wall Street Journal – Pope Francis is considering a visit to Cuba when he travels to the U.S. in September, said a person familiar with the situation, a move that would provide political support to both nations’ controversial attempts to restore diplomatic ties after more than a half century…. read more »

April 11, 2015

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times – President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas… read more »

April 10, 2015

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Josh Lederman, Associated Press — The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama. The call between President… 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 »

March 31, 2015

U.S., Cuba hold first formal talks on human rights

Lesley Wroughton, Reuters – The United States and Cuba met on Tuesday to discuss how they intend to treat future dialogue on the thorny issue of human rights as the countries move toward restoring diplomatic ties. While no major announcements are expected from the meeting, it was the first formal dialogue tackling human… read more »

March 30, 2015

Pritzker: U.S. business can be at the forefront of change in Cuba

Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Monday that she is planning a trip to Cuba as soon as diplomatic ties are renewed and that trading with the island can involve the U.S. business community in “positive change” in Cuba. Pritzker gave the keynote address… 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 26, 2015

Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas

Nora Gámez Torres, The Miami Herald — Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation. The foundation — which promotes independent Cuban artists and… read more »

March 19, 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 »

March 17, 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 »