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March 31, 2015

U.S., Cuba hold first formal talks on human rights

Lesley Wroughton, Reuters – The United States and Cuba met on Tuesday to discuss how they intend to treat future dialogue on the thorny issue of human rights as the countries move toward restoring diplomatic ties. While no major announcements are expected from the meeting, it was the first formal dialogue tackling human… read more »

March 30, 2015

Pritzker: U.S. business can be at the forefront of change in Cuba

Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Monday that she is planning a trip to Cuba as soon as diplomatic ties are renewed and that trading with the island can involve the U.S. business community in “positive change” in Cuba. Pritzker gave the keynote address… 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

Russian FM visits Cuba, calls for end to US trade embargo

The Associated Press — Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov has launched a tour of Latin America with a stop in Cuba, where he has called for an end to the U.S. embargo against the island nation. The official website Cubadebate says Lavrov discussed bilateral cooperation on Tuesday with Ricardo Cabrisas,… 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 »

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 »