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Nov 3, 2015

U.S. might take more steps to relax Cuba embargo, official says

HAVANA, Nov 3 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama could
further relax the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba, a senior State
Department official said on Tuesday, adding that Washington
would not first demand human rights progress from Havana.

Obama has twice used executive authority to ease the embargo
as part of his opening to Cuba, and more such regulatory changes
could come if Cuba can absorb those made to date, said David
Thorne, a senior adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nov 2, 2015

Cuba signs deal with Sprint, says it is open for more business

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba signed a roaming agreement with U.S. telecom Sprint Corp during its first annual trade fair since rapprochement with the United States and told 600 companies from 70 countries at that it was eager for more business.

The Havana International Fair (FIHAV) promotes Cuba’s changing business climate and seeks badly needed foreign investment. Last year’s event championed a new tax-cutting foreign investment law, while this year’s boasted of improved ties with the United States.

Oct 27, 2015

Cuba’s interior minister resigns due to health, government says

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban Interior Minister Abelardo Colome, a career military man who helped bring the Interior Ministry closer to the armed forces following a purge in 1989, resigned due to failing health, Cuba said on Monday.

Colome, 76, commonly known by his nickname Furry, was also one of Cuba’s vice presidents and part of the 14-member Politburo, the highest authority within the ruling Communist Party.

Oct 21, 2015

Cuba launches initiative to protect sharks

HAVANA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Cuba on Wednesday launched an
initiative to protect sharks in some of the most pristine
habitat for the predators whose populations have been in steep
decline.

The action plan, reached through two years of collaborative
research with the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF), will impose size and capture limits on fishermen, set
aside protected areas and create closed seasons for
shark-fishing, officials said.

Oct 12, 2015

Book shows Cuba’s formative role in the life of Churchill

HAVANA, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Winston Churchill’s 1895 journey
to Cuba was far more formative than has been previously
understood, a new book purports, saying Cuba is where the
20-year-old junior officer discovered he had courage under fire
and confirmed his own sense of greatness.

In “Churchill Comes of Age: Cuba 1895,” author Hal Klepak
traces characteristics that made Churchill famous to his 18 days
in Cuba, where he was on loan from the British army to observe
colonial Spain’s defense against independence fighters.

Oct 7, 2015

In Cuba, U.S. commerce secretary promotes private sector

HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker told Cuban officials on Wednesday that Washington wants to promote the Communist country’s nascent private sector to maximize trade and build on newly restored diplomatic relations.

Only the second cabinet-level U.S. official to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Pritzker said her mission was meant to explain President Barack Obama’s recent relaxation of the U.S. trade embargo. She also urged the U.S. Congress to lift the embargo completely.

Sep 30, 2015

U.S.-Cuban aviation deal possible this year, official says

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States advanced toward restoring scheduled airline service during two days of talks that concluded in Havana on Tuesday, with the potential to reach a deal this year, a U.S. official said.

“One more meeting might be enough to finalize an arrangement. I can’t be sure,” said the U.S. official, who was familiar with the talks and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Sep 29, 2015

Amnesty Int’l declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience

HAVANA (Reuters) – Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country’s only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for “disrespect of the leaders of the revolution” over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro.

Danilo Maldonado, 32 and known as “El Sexto,” has been held since December for painting “Fidel” and “Raul” on the backs of a pair of pigs in apparent reference to former leader Fidel Castro and his brother and current president, Raul Castro, Amnesty said in a statement.

Sep 29, 2015

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience

HAVANA (Reuters) – Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country’s only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for “disrespect of the leaders of the revolution” over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro.

Danilo Maldonado, 32 and known as “El Sexto,” has been held since December for painting “Fidel” and “Raul” on the backs of a pair of pigs in apparent reference to former leader Fidel Castro and his brother and current president, Raul Castro, Amnesty said in a statement.

Sep 28, 2015

In Cuba, Arkansas governor seeks to chip away at embargo

HAVANA (Reuters) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday urged the U.S. Congress to allow food companies to sell to Cuba on credit, favoring it as a first step in a gradual repeal of sanctions against the Communist-led island.

Hutchinson, a Republican, is the first U.S. governor to visit Cuba since Washington and Havana restored diplomatic relations in July after a 54-year break.

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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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