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 ...

Dec 26, 2014

Cubans fear detente may derail U.S. migration fast track

Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he’s suddenly worried that time may be running out. Across an island where migrating north is an obsession, the widespread jubilation over last week’s historic U.S.-Cuba detente is ...

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Dec 25, 2014

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Cubans this year celebrated Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from U.S. President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing ...

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

Dec 24, 2014

Cold War fugitives spawn Cuba-U.S. tensions

For decades some of the most-wanted U.S. fugitives made new lives for themselves in Cuba, marrying, having children and becoming fixtures of their modest Havana neighborhoods as their cases went mostly forgotten at home. Granted political asylum by former President Fidel Castro, they became ...

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Dec 22, 2014

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis ...

Cuban intelligence agents back in Cuba in U.S. exchange: Castro

Dec 18, 2014

Cuban intelligence agents back in Cuba in U.S. exchange: Castro

Three Cuban intelligence agents who had served 16 years in U.S. jails returned to Cuba on Wednesday as part of a prisoner exchange in which Havana freed an American foreign aid worker, President Raul Castro said. “Gerardo, Ramon and Antonio arrived in our homeland ...