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Dec 21, 2014

Cuba’s famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

HAVANA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Milagros Diaz has been rolling
cigars for 48 years, so long she cannot even smell tobacco
anymore, and she is thrilled that the U.S. market is finally
opening up for her handmade Cuban “habanos”.

Since U.S. President Obama announced on Wednesday he would
restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and start dismantling economic
sanctions, Americans have been filing into the cigar shop at the
Hotel Nacional in Havana, where she hand-rolls cigars using
techniques little changed since the 19th century.

Dec 20, 2014

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

HAVANA, Dec 20 (Reuters) – President Raul Castro demanded on
Saturday that the United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as
the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned
that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the
rapprochement.

U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington’s
Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped
prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks.

Dec 19, 2014

Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal

HAVANA (Reuters) – Stepping out of his legendary brother’s shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

For many Cubans, the restoration of diplomatic relations and President Barack Obama’s promise to dismantle economic sanctions against the communist-run island have raised hopes of a more prosperous future.

Dec 19, 2014

Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal, support surges

HAVANA (Reuters) – Stepping out of his legendary brother’s shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

For many Cubans, the restoration of diplomatic relations and President Barack Obama’s promise to dismantle economic sanctions against the communist-run island have raised hopes of a more prosperous future.

Dec 19, 2014

As U.S. eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

HAVANA (Reuters) – For decades, it was Cuba’s first response to criticism.

Poor economic performance? An obvious effect of a U.S. trade embargo that amounted to a blockade of the island nation by a bullying superpower.

Dec 18, 2014

Cubans imagine new, more prosperous life without an old foe

HAVANA (Reuters) – From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island.

News of the historic shift echoed quickly through the Spanish colonial plazas of Old Havana, where strains of trova and son rose from outdoor cafes, Cuban music that is a siren song for foreign tourists.

Dec 18, 2014

Cuba’s Raul Castro hails new era of “living together” with U.S

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility.

The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years.

Dec 18, 2014

Cuba’s Castro hails new era of ‘living together’ with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years.

“We need to learn to live together in a civilized way, with our differences,” Castro said in televised address that touched off jubilation in the streets of Havana, where the Cuban spies are considered heroes.

Dec 18, 2014

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other’s countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce.

Dec 17, 2014

Cuba’s Castro hails prisoner exchange with U.S., praises Obama

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States earlier on Wednesday freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years.

The release of the three Cuban agents will be seen as a major victory for Castro inside Cuba.

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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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