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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.

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.

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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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