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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 »

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

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 »

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 »

March 17, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S…. read more »

March 13, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat to return to Havana for new Cuba talks

Matt Spetalnik, Reuters — The U.S. government is moving as quickly as possible to decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a senior State Department official said on Friday ahead of a new round of talks in Havana next week. The official, speaking on condition… read more »

March 3, 2015

Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official. That could take place before both sides… read more »

March 2, 2015

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

Marc Frank and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island. Two former agriculture… read more »

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 »