U.S. lawmakers seek to end restrictions on travel to Cuba


WASHINGTON - Eight Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba, the first step in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations last month.

Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says

HAVANA - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday.

World, Brazil 28 Jan 2015

Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba's affairs

SAN JOSE - Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless." | Video

Politics, World 28 Jan 2015

Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S.

HAVANA - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

World, Politics, 26 Jan 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

HAVANA - 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.

World, 23 Jan 2015

MasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba using U.S.: issued cards

- MasterCard Inc said it would allow its cards issued in the United States to be used in Cuba, effective March 1.

23 Jan 2015

U.S. says mistrust must be overcome to restore Cuba ties

HAVANA - The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel.

World, Politics, 22 Jan 2015

Cubans look fondly to U.S. as talks to resume relations start

HAVANA - Miguel Barnet, one of Cuba's most prominent Communist Party intellectuals, fondly recalls his teenage years in the 1950s, attending one of Havana's elite private schools, singing in the Episcopal church choir and performing in American musicals.

World, 21 Jan 2015

U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

HAVANA - The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries.

Politics, World, 21 Jan 2015

U.S. wants end to travel curbs, set up embassy in Cuba talks

WASHINGTON/HAVANA - The United States will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats and agree to opening embassies in historic talks on restoring relations this week in Havana, a senior State Department official said on Monday.

Politics, 19 Jan 2015

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed

KIEV - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a rail center, with 15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours.