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Mar 25, 2015

EU, Cuba to speed up talks, seek deal by end of 2015

HAVANA (Reuters) – The European Union and Cuba agreed to speed up the pace of talks on improving bilateral relations, hoping to reach the basics of a deal by the end of 2015, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.

The EU and Cuba began negotiations in April last year to rewrite their bilateral political agreement, part of a deepening of ties since the 28-nation bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. removes dead Cubans, sunken ships from sanctions list

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States removed 45 companies and individuals from a Cuba sanctions blacklist on Tuesday, most of them dead people, defunct companies or sunken ships.

Among them was Amado Padron, a Cuban executed by a firing squad 26 years ago along with Arnaldo Ochoa, a decorated army general who was sentenced to death by Cuba’s communist government after he was found to be connected to international drug trafficking.

Mar 20, 2015

Major League Baseball wants to play exhibition game in Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has declared his intention to play an exhibition game in Cuba in 2016 even though a Cuban baseball official said the two sides had yet to start talks.

The game could set up a rapprochement on the diamond similar to the way the U.S. and Cuban governments have come together at the negotiating table.

Mar 17, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

HAVANA (Reuters) – The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S. affairs, in what had been described as open-ended talks that could last a few days.

Mar 17, 2015

Cuba, U.S. renew talks while differing over Venezuela

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S. affairs, for the first day of open-ended talks.

Mar 16, 2015

Cuba, U.S. renew talks on restoring diplomatic ties

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the United States meet for talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, seeking more progress toward an agreement while not allowing differences over Venezuela to impede their historic rapprochement.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson is due to meet in Havana with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S. affairs, with talks possibly continuing into Wednesday.

Mar 7, 2015

Paris Club chief in Cuba to expedite debt negotiations

HAVANA (Reuters) – The chief of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations met Cuban finance officials on Friday in what he believed was an unprecedented official visit to Havana to discuss the Communist-led country’s debt.

After previous negotiations had stalled in 2000, Cuba and the Paris Club have moved swiftly in the past year toward negotiations over a total debt that Paris Club President Bruno Bezard estimated at $15 billion to $16 billion, with France being the largest of the 15 creditors.

Mar 6, 2015

EU says U.S. policy change helps its own talks with Cuba

HAVANA (Reuters) – The sudden U.S. engagement with Cuba has helped the European Union’s own bilateral talks on improving relations with the Communist-led island, a top European diplomat said on Thursday at the conclusion of two days of negotiations in Havana.

When the United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic relations, the rapprochement between longtime adversaries overshadowed the EU’s ongoing attempt to rewrite a political agreement with Cuba.

Mar 4, 2015

Cuba, EU renew talks on relations; will discuss human rights

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba and the European Union renewed talks on improving relations on Wednesday, advancing on several issues but leaving the major topics of trade and human rights until Thursday, Cuba said.

This was the third round of talks, but the first since Cuba opened a similar dialogue with the United States following the landmark announcement on Dec. 17 that the two longtime adversaries would restore diplomatic relations.

Mar 2, 2015

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

HAVANA (Reuters) – The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island.

Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives of various state farm bureaus are among the 95 people making the trip, which was organized by the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would restore diplomatic relations.

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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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