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Aug 16, 2015

Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. sees long road to normal ties

HAVANA (Reuters) – Josefina Vidal receives a check from the United States for $4,085 once a year, rent money for the U.S. naval base at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.

But Cuba’s government refuses to cash the checks, made out to a non-existent Treasurer, because it sees the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo as illegal.

Aug 15, 2015

Kerry urges “genuine democracy” in Cuba as U.S. raises its flag

HAVANA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry called for political change in Cuba on Friday, telling
Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders, as he
watched the U.S. flag fly at the American embassy in Havana for
the first time in 54 years.

Leading a ceremony to mark the restoration of diplomatic
relations between the Cold War adversaries, Kerry declared a new
era in U.S.-Cuban relations but pressed the Communist government
on democracy and human rights.

Aug 15, 2015

Kerry urges ‘genuine democracy’ at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders.

The first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Caribbean island in 70 years, Kerry presided over a ceremony to raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened American embassy.

Aug 14, 2015

In symbol of restored ties, Kerry to raise U.S. flag at Havana embassy

HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cuba on Friday to raise the U.S. flag at the recently restored American Embassy in Havana, another symbolic step in improved relations between the two Cold War-era foes.

The ceremony, raising the flag over the building for the first time in 54 years, will come nearly four weeks after the United States and Cuba formally renewed diplomatic relations and upgraded their diplomatic missions to embassies.

Aug 14, 2015

In another symbol of thawing ties, Kerry to raise U.S. flag at restored Havana embassy

HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Cuba on Friday to raise the U.S. flag at the recently restored American embassy in Havana, another symbolic step in the thawing of relations between the two Cold War-era foes.

The ceremony, raising the flag over the building for the first time in 54 years, comes nearly four weeks after the United States and Cuba formally renewed diplomatic relations and upgraded their diplomatic missions to embassies.

Aug 13, 2015

Decades of skullduggery on both sides at U.S. embassy in Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – The seven-story building on Havana’s famed “Malecon” seafront has for decades been a flashpoint in the Cold War’s most enduring rivalry.

Spy games and dirty tricks have been directed by and against the U.S. officials working inside the beige structure, which is nondescript architecturally but among the most famous in Havana.

Jul 22, 2015

Stonegate first U.S. bank to sign deal with Cuban counterpart

HAVANA, July 22 (Reuters) – A South Florida bank has become
the first from the United States to sign a correspondent banking
relationship in Cuba, a potential boost for U.S.-Cuban commerce
following newly restored diplomatic relations between the
longtime adversaries.

Stonegate Bank, which earlier this year became the
Cuban government’s bank for its diplomatic mission in the United
States, signed a deal with Cuba’s Banco Internacional de
Comercio S.A. on Tuesday, a day after the United States and Cuba
re-established diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54
years.

Jul 17, 2015

Coppola shares passion for food, film with Cuban students

OS, Cuba (Reuters) – Director Francis Ford Coppola was reflecting on his brush with Fidel Castro, the blandishments to make another gangster film, and the pressure of borrowing at 29 percent interest to shoot “Apocalypse Now.”

But first he needed to cook pasta for 150 film students.

Coppola, the multiple Oscar winner and maker of the “Godfather” films, was in Cuba as a guest instructor at the International School of Cinema and Television.

Jul 16, 2015

Cuba says not convinced U.S. has given up ‘regime change’ policy

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba remains unconvinced the United States has stopped trying to remove the Communist Party from power despite a public pledge from President Barack Obama disowning “regime change,” a Cuban foreign ministry official said on Thursday.

With the two longtime adversaries set to restore diplomatic relations on Monday after a 54-year break, Cuba said the United States would need to abandon its policy of regime change in order to improve overall ties.

Jul 15, 2015

Castro sees Cuba, U.S. breaking with past, coexisting in peace

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is prepared to break with the contentious past and peacefully coexist with the United States, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Wednesday as the two former adversaries are set to restore diplomatic ties.

“We are talking about forging a new kind of relationship between both states, different from our entire common history,” Castro, 84, told the Cuban National Assembly, according to official media.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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