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February 27, 2015

U.S., Cuba meet for second round of normalization talks

David Adams and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters — Cuban and U.S. officials held a second round of talks on Friday toward normalizing ties and both sides said they made good progress, although they did not set a date for renewal of diplomatic relations that Washington severed 54 years ago. Going into… 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 17, 2015

Fresh talks as US and Cuba aim to restore full diplomatic ties

The Guardian — A new round of negotiations to restore full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington, according to a delegation of US senators who said they were hopeful the two sides would reach a deal soon. Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Amy… read more »

February 17, 2015

Pelosi traveling with lawmakers to Cuba

Susan Cornwell, Reuters –U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is traveling to Cuba on Tuesday with a delegation of congressional Democrats, Pelosi’s office announced. Late last year, President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations with Cuba and some members of Congress favor further relaxation of trade and travel restrictions with the communist-led island. Read… read more »

February 12, 2015

What does Cuba’s youth think of US thaw?

Will Grant, BBC — Every year on the anniversary of his birth, Cuban students light a flame to the country’s revered poet and independence hero, Jose Marti. The March of the Torches is held at the University of Havana to commemorate a man who embodied the rebelliousness of Cuban youth…. read more »

February 6, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April – officials

Lesley Wroughton and Mark Hosenball, Reuters — The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island’s demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the… read more »

February 4, 2015

US says future of Guantánamo Bay is not on the table in Cuba talks

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian — The US official leading negotiations with Cuba said on Wednesday that the issue of Guantánamo Bay is not a part of diplomatic conversations with the country, despite Cuban president Raúl Castro’s demand last week that the US return the base. Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state… read more »

January 20, 2015

Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — President Obama will tell members of Congress at tonight’s State of the Union he has done all he can do to normalize relations with Cuba and only they can lift the 50-year-old embargo, sources told ABC news. The president will say it’s… read more »

January 16, 2015

Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Office — On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department… read more »