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Cuba wants to sign accords with U.S. before Obama exit: officials

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HAVANA Cuba said on Wednesday it hoped to sign off on at least half a dozen agreements with the United States before businessman Donald Trump, who has threatened to derail detente between the former Cold War foes, becomes president on Jan. 20.

U.S. lawmakers, Cuban business owners urge Trump to preserve detente

WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers joined more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to continue President Barack Obama’s engagement with Havana, despite Trump’s threat to end detente with the island.

World, Dec 07 2016

Cuba, U.S. to discuss detente in wake of Trump election

HAVANA/WASHINGTON Cuba and the United States will draw up a roadmap for deepening their detente on Wednesday in a first meeting since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.

Election 2016, Politics, World, Dec 06 2016

After Castro's death, dissidents see changes ahead

SANTIAGO, Cuba Now that Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is dead, one of his most prominent critics says he sees big economic and political changes to the one-party Communist system, perhaps within four years.

World, Dec 04 2016

Tourists came to Cuba for fun but got Castro funeral instead

HAVANA They came to Cuba for an education, plus some fun and games, but got a state funeral instead.

World, Dec 02 2016

American Airlines to trim Cuba flight schedules

NEW YORK American Airlines Group Inc will cut nearly 25 percent of its flights to Cuba in 2017, a company spokesman said on Thursday, attributing the move to travel demand rather than the election of Republican Donald Trump as U.S. president.

Aerospace & Defense Dec 02 2016

To cheers of "I am Fidel," Cubans and allies say goodbye to Castro

HAVANA Cuba's leftist allies joined a sprawling multitude of Cubans chanting "I am Fidel" at a rally on Tuesday to commemorate Fidel Castro, offering eulogies to the man who built a Communist state on the doorstep of the United States. | Video

World, Nov 30 2016

No formal U.S. delegation to Castro memorial: White House

WASHINGTON The United States will not send a presidential delegation to Cuba for communist leader Fidel Castro's memorial service, the White House said on Tuesday, reflecting the tortuous history of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Election 2016, Politics, Nov 29 2016

'Viva Fidel!': Tens of thousands pay last respects to Cuba's Castro

HAVANA Tens of thousands of Cubans, some wrapped in red, white and blue national flags, paid final respects in Havana on Monday to Fidel Castro, who led a leftist revolution, ruled for half a century and resisted the United States throughout the Cold War. | Video

World, Nov 29 2016

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro's death

(This November 28 story corrects paragraph 5 to show girlfriend spoke to Maldonado before arrest, not while in jail)

World, Nov 29 2016
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Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war. | Video