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January 23, 2015

At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the human rights issue, which has… read more »

January 13, 2015

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

Anne-Marie Garcia and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday that the warming of relations would help them keep pushing for change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were freed, most in the last week, as part of… read more »

January 12, 2015

US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

Matthew Lee, Associated Press — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the… read more »

January 6, 2015

Cuba has released some of 53 ‘political’ prisoners, U.S. says

Reuters — Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month’s U.S.-Cuban rapprochement, the U.S. government said on Tuesday in its first acknowledgement that some detainees have been released. The lack of information about the fate of the detainees, who… read more »

January 5, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. U.S. authorities have captured,… read more »

November 6, 2014

Cuba y la UE dialogarán en enero sobre derechos humanos

AFP — Cuba y la Unión Europea (UE) discutirán temas “sensibles” como derechos humanos y sociedad civil en una tercera ronda de negociaciones el 8 y 9 de enero en La Habana destinadas a normalizar sus relaciones, dijo el jueves un diplomático europeo. “Vamos a empezar con los temas centrales,… read more »

August 7, 2014

Group asks Cuba to clarify the situation of imprisoned blogger

EFE – Reporters Without Borders urged Cuban authorities to offer “a clear explanation” of the status of writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who has been in prison since 2013 and recently was accused of trying to escape. “Each day without news increases the risks for this blogger. We demand his immediate… read more »

August 4, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press – A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009… read more »

August 1, 2014

House OKs bill to address border crisis

Erica Werner, Associated Press – House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary… read more »

July 25, 2014

S. Africa Launches Campaign Against US Cuba Sanctions

Thuso Khumalo, Voice of America – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has launched the Cuban Solidarity Campaign – pledging to work against long-standing U.S. sanctions against the communist island nation. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has pledged South Africa to help Cuba fight what he calls the “inhuman” U.S. sanctions against… read more »