Mar 4, 2015

Colombia detains China-flagged ship for illegal arms transport

Colombian authorities detained a China-flagged ship traveling to Cuba for illegally transporting around 100 tons of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives and arrested the captain, the attorney general’s office said. The vessel was stopped on Saturday in the northern port of ...

Feb 14, 2015

U.S. to let Cubans sell goods, services

The United States on Friday eased restrictions on imports of goods and services from private Cuban entrepreneurs as part of Washington’s rapprochement with Havana after more than half a century of enmity. However, the State Department said many goods were excluded from the liberalization, ...

Netflix streams its on-demand TV to Cuba

Feb 10, 2015

Netflix streams its on-demand TV to Cuba

Streaming U.S. television giant Netflix said Monday it was now offering service to Cuba with “a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows.” Netflix, which is aiming for 200 global markets in the coming years, made the announcement amid a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ...

Cuban players draw huge interest

Feb 4, 2015

Cuban players draw huge interest

Major league scouts leaned forward as they steadied their radar guns and trained their video cameras on Cuban players who prepared to bat and pitch during Tuesday’s Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico. It is the first time that top Cuban players are competing in ...

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 ...