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May 5, 2015

Cubans plan mass symbolic gay, transgender wedding

HAVANA, May 5 (Reuters) – Cuban gay rights activists led by
the daughter of President Raul Castro plan a mass symbolic
wedding on Saturday to promote acceptance of gay and transgender
Cubans in a country once notoriously hostile toward them.

The ceremony will be part of an annual gay pride parade and
will be symbolic because same-sex marriage is illegal in Cuba,
Mariela Castro told reporters. She said it would also be low key
because Cuban society is still uneasy about full rights for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. cancer center, software firm reach deals in Cuba

HAVANA, April 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. cancer research center
and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners
during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the
rapprochement between the longtime adversaries.

The Roswell Park Cancer Center of Buffalo, New York, on
Tuesday signed an agreement with Cuba’s Center for Molecular
Immunology to develop a lung cancer vaccine with a clinical
trial in the United States, Roswell Chief Executive Officer
Candace Johnson said.

Apr 20, 2015

Ten baby crocodiles arrive in Cuba in conservation effort

HAVANA (Reuters) – Ten baby crocodiles arrived in Cuba on Monday from a Swedish zoo where they had been born to a pair of Cuban crocodiles that former President Fidel Castro had given to a Soviet cosmonaut as a gift in the 1970s.

The Cuban crocodile species is endangered by loss of habitat, hunting and interbreeding with the American crocodile.

Apr 20, 2015

Two Cubans lose bids to become first opponents elected to office

HAVANA (Reuters) – Two Cuban dissidents on Sunday lost attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for Havana municipal assemblies.

Hildebrando Chaviano, 65, and Yuniel Lopez, 26, both said they had fallen behind by insurmountable margins and had no hope of winning.

Apr 15, 2015

Obama tells Congress he plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday he intends to remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies shut for more than half a century.

Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down at a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama on Saturday for the first meeting of its kind between U.S. and Cuban leaders in nearly 60 years.

Apr 13, 2015

History now made, U.S. and Cuba face bumpy road ahead

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States just made history. Now comes the hard part.

In the first meeting of its kind in nearly 60 years, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro sat down together for over an hour on Saturday at a regional summit in Panama, moving a step closer to restoring diplomatic ties.

Apr 12, 2015

Obama meets Raul Castro in highest-level U.S.-Cuba talks in decades

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday in the highest-level talks between the two countries in nearly 60 years, and the two men agreed to push ahead on improving relations after decades of hostility.

Describing their private meeting as “historic,” Obama said the two countries can end the antagonism of the Cold War era, although he said he would continue to pressure the communist-led country on democracy and human rights.

Apr 11, 2015

Obama pushes Latin America on rights as he courts Cuba

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged Latin American leaders on Saturday to improve human rights and democracy even as he works to end decades of hostility between the United States and communist-run Cuba.

Obama has won praise across much of Latin America for seeking to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and he shook President Raul Castro’s hand in a show of the detente on Friday night, but he took a tougher line on Saturday in a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Apr 10, 2015

Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage on Friday in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations.

The rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting, held in Panama, less than four months after they announced they would seek to lower tensions and boost trade and travel between the two Cold War enemies.

Apr 9, 2015

Cuba invites companies to talk about doing business

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Cuba’s economy needs foreign capital to diversify, the island’s foreign trade minister said on Thursday, as he made an unusually open invitation to North and South American companies to talk to the Communist government about doing business there.

Business interest in Cuba has boomed since the historic announcement on Dec. 17, when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro said they would restore diplomatic relations and seek to end more than five decades of hostility.

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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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