HAVANA (Reuters) – The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years begins talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and eventually normalizing relations between two adversaries who have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
The two days of meetings are the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism before restoring diplomatic relations, a senior foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.
The two adversaries will meet in Havana on Wednesday and Thursday in an attempt to restore ties that the United States severed in 1961.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Most of the 53 Cuban prisoners released from jail under a historic U.S.-Cuba accord remain bound to the justice system under conditions that could easily return them to prison, dissident leaders say.
While they doubt Cuba’s communist government would risk its rapprochement with the United States by putting former prisoners back behind bars, they say the 53 released are not entirely free.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police have apparently again detained a performance artist whose planned demonstration earlier this week triggered a new crackdown on dissent that could strain the detente between Cuba and the United States.
Cuba arrested a number of political opponents on Tuesday, holding most of them overnight to thwart an open microphone event outside government headquarters that it labeled a “political provocation.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed some leading dissidents on Wednesday after holding them overnight to thwart an unauthorized demonstration in a crackdown that has tested its detente with the United States.
Police detained several dissidents on Tuesday and kept others under virtual house arrest ahead of an open microphone protest that was to have taken place outside government headquarters in Havana’s Revolution Square.
HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday condemned what it called Cuba’s practice of repression following the detention of several activists, in the first major test of President Barack Obama’s policy shift toward normalizing relations with the communist-ruled island.
The State Department said it was deeply concerned by the detention on Tuesday of several “peaceful civil society members and activists” by the Cuban authorities.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained several dissidents on Tuesday and thwarted an unauthorized political protest, dissidents said, in the first major test of U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy shift toward normalizing relations with the communist-ruled island.
The U.S. State Department condemned the detentions, which marked the most significant crackdown on the opposition since Cuba and the United States agreed on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic ties and put behind more than five decades of hostility.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained at least four political opponents on Tuesday, including the husband of prominent blogger Yoani Sanchez, hours before a performance artist planned to stage an unauthorized open microphone event, dissidents said.
They would be the highest profile detentions since Cuba and the United States agreed on Dec. 17 to normalize diplomatic relations and put behind more than five decades of hostility.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba.
For years, dissident leaders have told the United States which opponents of Cuba’s communist government were being jailed or harassed, but they say they were not consulted when the list of prisoners to be freed was drawn up or even told who is on it.
HAVANA, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Luis Abel Bango spent seven years
searching for his dream car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He finally
found it on Cuba’s far western tip, buying it off the original
owner for $7,000.
“I went everywhere looking for what I wanted. Out in the
provinces, central Cuba. I had to go to the end of the island to
find this one,” Bango said.