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Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

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MIAMI/HAVANA - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official.

Exclusive: Obama hopes for U.S. embassy in Cuba before April summit in Panama

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. | Video

World 02 Mar 2015

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

HAVANA - The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island.

Politics, World, 02 Mar 2015

Cuba signals readiness to fast-track U.S. diplomatic ties

MIAMI/HAVANA - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as the Obama administration declares its intent to take the country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official.

World, Politics, 02 Mar 2015

Exclusive: Full text of Reuters interview with Obama

WASHINGTON - Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.-Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. Here is a full transcript of the interview.

Politics, World, China, Russia, Israel 02 Mar 2015

Fidel Castro finally meets the Cuban Five, spies turned heroes

HAVANA - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, finally met with all five of the Cuban spies who returned home as heroes after serving long prison terms in the United States, 73 days after the last of them were freed in a prisoner swap.

World, 02 Mar 2015

U.S., Cuba say progress made in talks; no date for diplomatic ties

WASHINGTON - Cuba and the United States held a second round of talks on Friday toward normalizing ties, and both sides said they made good progress, although they did not set a date for renewal of diplomatic relations that Washington severed 54 years ago. | Video

World, Politics, 27 Feb 2015

EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute

BRUSSELS - Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Cuba's Milanes skirts politics, builds bridges with songs

LONDON - Pablo Milanes's latest album is titled "Renacimiento" (Rebirth) but an air of nostalgia was in the air at the Cuban singer-songwriter's concert in London on Wednesday night.

World, 26 Feb 2015

Senior U.S. lawmaker makes case against removing Cuba from terror list

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. lawmaker is pressing his case against any Obama administration plan to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the communist-ruled island is harboring dozens of U.S. fugitives.

Politics, 26 Feb 2015
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Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

SEOUL - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. | Video