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April 23, 2015

Republicans won’t challenge Cuba’s removal from terrorism list

Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald – Republicans say they will not mount a challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. South Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with congressional colleagues last week to map strategy to prevent the de-listing and had planned… read more »

April 23, 2015

Basketball diplomacy: NBA greats teach Cubans basketball

Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press — Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game’s popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration of detente… read more »

April 22, 2015

Pope Francis confirms visit to Cuba before US trip

The Guardian – Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September ahead of a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island that has many Roman Catholics will be the third… read more »

April 21, 2015

U.S. cancer center, software firm reach deals in Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between the longtime adversaries. The Roswell Park Cancer Center of Buffalo, New… read more »

April 20, 2015

Two Cubans lose bids to become first opponents elected to office

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Two Cuban dissidents on Sunday lost attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for Havana municipal assemblies. Hildebrando Chaviano, 65, and Yuniel Lopez, 26, both said they had fallen behind by insurmountable margins and had… 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 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 »

October 27, 2014

Graying Cuba approves plan to boost birth rate

AFP – Cuba is encouraging its rapidly aging population to have more babies, state-run media reported Monday. The daily Granma newspaper reported that President Raul Castro called the communist island’s graying population “one of the greatest challenges facing the nation because of its impact on social, economic and family life.” Read… read more »