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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 19, 2015

Seeking Business, Cuomo Heads to Cuba With a New York Trade Delegation

Susanne Craig, The New York Times — When the United States opened the door for agricultural trade with Cuba more than a decade ago, Ward Dobbins went to Havana to market his Red Delicious apples, fresh from upstate New York. Working out of a tiny trade-show booth, he signed a contract to… 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 7, 2015

NBA to hold basketball camp in Cuba to foster talent

BBC – The NBA will be the first professional US sports league to visit the Communist-run island since the two countries announced a thaw in their relations in December. Retired players Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo will be among those teaching. Basketball is very popular in Cuba and the country has… read more »

April 2, 2015

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year. For a half-century, the U.S. trade… 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

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 »