Jan 28, 2015

U.S.: Castro message 'positive sign'

The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” ...

Cuba eyes concessions as part of better U.S. ties

Jan 26, 2015

Cuba eyes concessions as part of better U.S. ties

The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left Cuban President Raul Castro’s government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for ...

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Jan 24, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. ...

Man freed from Cuba to attend Obama's State of Union speech

Jan 20, 2015

Man freed from Cuba to attend Obama's State of Union speech

A U.S. contractor who returned home last month after spending five years imprisoned in Cuba will have a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: a seat near first lady Michelle Obama. Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, are ...

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

Jan 18, 2015

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed Saturday. The Democratic governor will be promoting an ...

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. eases travel, trade with Cuba from Friday: Treasury

The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, implementing last month’s agreement to begin normalizing ties with the Cold War-era foe. “Today’s announcement takes us one step closer to replacing out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in ...

U.S. takes first steps to ending Cuba trade embargo

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. takes first steps to ending Cuba trade embargo

The United States eased decades of trade and financial restrictions on Cuba, opening up the country to U.S. telecommunications, construction and financial services in a slew of changes announced by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury. The new rules, effective on Friday, are ...

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Chamber chief: Cuba deal opens prospects for American business

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that U.S. efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade presents American companies with “extraordinary opportunities” to boost business by selling everything from cars to computers. Chamber president and chief ...

Jan 12, 2015

Cuba has reportedly freed all 53 prisoners as agreed in U.S. deal

Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward detente with Washington. The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of ...