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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.

May 22, 2015

U.S., Cuba make progress on restoring ties but no deal yet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations following two days of talks and pledged on Friday to continue informal negotiations in the coming weeks.

The chief U.S. negotiator said the two sides may not need another formal round of talks to reach agreement, indicating major differences had been resolved.

May 21, 2015

U.S., Cuba talks resume with focus on opening embassies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba began a fourth round of talks on Thursday aimed at overcoming obstacles to opening embassies in each other’s capitals and re-establishing diplomatic ties, the crucial next step in their historic detente.

The meetings at the State Department are being led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the Cuban foreign ministry.

May 18, 2015

Cuba says conditions ‘favorable’ for restoring ties with U.S

HAVANA (Reuters) – Conditions are favorable for restoring diplomatic relations with the United States, Cuba said on Monday ahead of upcoming talks in Washington.

The two longtime adversaries are scheduled to meet on Thursday for their fourth negotiating session on re-establishing diplomatic ties, which were severed in 1961 amid Cold War tensions.

May 12, 2015

Cuba’s Castro concerned over ‘illegal’ activity at U.S. mission

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro said on Tuesday he was concerned about “illegal” training for dissidents at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, an issue he raised with U.S. President Barack Obama in talks on restoring diplomatic ties.

Cuba and the United States are working to re-establish diplomatic relations that were severed in 1961, but a number of differences still need to be worked out including a U.S. request for freedom of movement for its diplomats in Cuba.

May 9, 2015

Cuban gays show pride in march and mass symbolic wedding

HAVANA, May 9 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 gay, lesbian and
transgender Cubans marched through Havana on Saturday, proudly
displaying their truest selves for a day in a society where they
still endure discrimination.

The Eighth Annual March against Homophobia and Transphobia
took on extra meaning this year for about 20 couples who
participated in a “Celebration of Love,” symbolically exchanging
vows as same-sex marriage remains illegal in 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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