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Jul 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961.

The chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana will report to Cuban foreign ministry around 9 a.m. (0900 ET) to deliver a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro.

Jun 27, 2015

U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

HAVANA (Reuters) – Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama’s opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island.

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans.

Jun 22, 2015

Cuban economy growing 4 pct, aided by detente with U.S.

HAVANA, June 22 (Reuters) – Detente with the United States
appears to have helped Cuba’s communist economy, which officials
expect to grow 4 percent in the first half of 2015, in line with
official forecasts.

Economy Minister Marino Murrillo delivered an update on the
economy to the cabinet on Friday that was covered in official
media on Monday, attributing growth to better sugar production,
manufacturing, construction and trade.

Jun 19, 2015

Human rights group says Cuba has 60 political prisoners

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s leading human rights commission on Friday accused the government of having 60 political prisoners, a number the group acknowledges includes armed insurrectionists, hijackers and spies as well as peaceful political activists.

Cuba’s Communist government has said it has no political prisoners, and that opponents mistakenly consider armed counter-revolutionaries and common criminals as political cases.

Jun 17, 2015

A Castro son rises in Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro’s son has emerged as one of his father’s closest aides, taking on an increasingly important role reminiscent of the one Raul used to play for his older brother Fidel Castro.

Alejandro Castro Espin, 49, is a colonel in Cuba’s interior ministry and was until recently a little-seen figure. As his father has moved to improve relations with the United States after decades of hostility, however, his son has been right by his side.

Jun 8, 2015

Insight – Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits

HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist Cuba’s newfound interest in foreign capital has its limits, as Philippe Pouletty found out.

A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that.

Jun 8, 2015

Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits

HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist Cuba’s newfound interest in foreign capital has its limits, as Philippe Pouletty found out.

A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that.

Jun 2, 2015

New York Cosmos defeat Cuba in diplomatic soccer friendly

HAVANA (Reuters) – The New York Cosmos dominated Cuba 4-1 on Tuesday in a soccer friendly meant to promote better relations between the United States and Cuba and demonstrate that baseball-mad Cuba is also becoming a soccer nation.

International goodwill was on display as the U.S. flag was unfurled on the pitch and the U.S. national anthem played before the match, both rarities in Communist-governed Cuba.

Jun 2, 2015

Pele happy to see Cosmos match play role in U.S.-Cuba detente

HAVANA (Reuters) – Brazilian football great Pele said he was pleased Tuesday’s friendly between the Cuban national team and his former club the New York Cosmos might help foster better relations between the United States and Cuba, which have embarked on detente.

The Cosmos have scheduled the first match of an American professional sports team in Cuba since the two countries announced in December they would seek to end half a century of animosity.

May 29, 2015

U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited effect on removing U.S. sanctions on the Communist-ruled island.

President Barack Obama had announced on April 14 he would drop the former Cold War rival from the list, initiating a 45-day review period for Congress that expired on Friday.

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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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