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January 23, 2015

At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the human rights issue, which has… read more »

January 21, 2015

U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

Daniel Trotta, Reuters–The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. Despite Havana’s objections, the Americans vowed to continue granting Cuban immigrants special status that allows nearly every Cuban reaching U.S. soil to… read more »

January 21, 2015

US and Cuba meet for high-level talks as part of thaw

BBC — The US and Cuba are due to hold their highest-level talks in decades in the Cuban capital, Havana. The talks are part of a thaw in relations between the two rivals announced last month in simultaneous speeches by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro…. read more »

January 20, 2015

Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — President Obama will tell members of Congress at tonight’s State of the Union he has done all he can do to normalize relations with Cuba and only they can lift the 50-year-old embargo, sources told ABC news. The president will say it’s… read more »

January 19, 2015

U.S. wants end to travel curbs, set up embassy in Cuba talks

Lesley Wroughton and Marc Frank, Reuters–The United States will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats and agree to opening embassies in historic talks on restoring relations this week in Havana, a senior State Department official said on Monday. The talks will be led by Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S…. read more »

January 16, 2015

Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Office — On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department… read more »

January 13, 2015

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

Anne-Marie Garcia and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday that the warming of relations would help them keep pushing for change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were freed, most in the last week, as part of… read more »

January 12, 2015

US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

Matthew Lee, Associated Press — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the… read more »

January 7, 2015

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: McCaskill to travel to Cuba to assess markets for Missouri agriculture

Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she will travel to Cuba before the end of February to assess the markets for Missouri agriculture. McCaskill told reporters Wednesday she had planned a trip before President Obama’s announcement last month that he would take steps to normalize… read more »

January 5, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. U.S. authorities have captured,… read more »