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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 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 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 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 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 »

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

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 »