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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 19, 2015

Congressional delegation meets Cuba’s heir apparent

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives met Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday, marking the first time Cuba’s heir apparent to power has received an official American delegation. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and eight other House Democrats concluded their two-day visit by meeting… 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

Conan O’Brien Heads to Cuba to Film Show Segments

Alex Stedman, MSN — “Saturday Night Live” fans were likely wondering why Conan O’Brien, who was a writer for the show in the late ’90s, wasn’t a part of the 40th anniversary special that aired Sunday night. O’Brien’s excuse? He was in Cuba. O’Brien was in the country over the Presidents Day weekend… 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 13, 2015

US Allows Imports of Privately Produced Products From Cuba

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, ABC News — The Obama administration says it will allow Cuba’s small private business sector to sell goods to the United States in a potentially important loosening of the half-century trade embargo on the communist island. A list published by the U.S. State Department Friday said Americans… read more »

February 12, 2015

US orchestra travel to Cuba in major cultural exchange

Anita Snow, Associated Press — The Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it will play two concerts in Cuba in May in what’s believed to be the first major cultural exchange between the two countries since their leaders announced a move toward warmer relations. Orchestra CEO Kevin Smith said the Cuban… 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 »