Cuba

U.S., Cuba talks on opening embassies head into second day

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WASHINGTON - Talks between the United States and Cuba will go into a second day on Friday as the sides try to reach agreement on reopening embassies shut for more than half a century, the crucial next step in their historic detente.

Pernod prepares to take Cuban-made rum to the United States

(Corrects May 19 story. Corrects second and third paragraphs to make clear Bacardi does not own full U.S. rights to Havana Club)

20 May 2015

Cuba says conditions 'favorable' for restoring ties with U.S.

HAVANA - Conditions are favorable for restoring diplomatic relations with the United States, Cuba said on Monday ahead of upcoming talks in Washington.

World, 18 May 2015

Cuba debt holder hangs on as demand builds for defaulted loans

LONDON - A historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations has set investors clamouring to buy the Caribbean island's long-defaulted debt but one of the biggest private holders of the distressed loans is refusing to cash in yet.

18 May 2015

Cuban immigration surges after thaw in US-Cuba relations

MIAMI - The number of Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States ballooned in early 2015, partly driven by uncertainty over the future of special immigration consideration for Cubans after the two countries announced efforts to improve ties.

World, 13 May 2015

Cuban immigration surges after thaw in US-Cuba relations

MIAMI - The number of Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States ballooned in early 2015, partly driven by uncertainty over the future of special immigration consideration for Cubans after the two countries announced efforts to improve ties.

World, 13 May 2015

Cuba's Castro concerned over 'illegal' activity at U.S. mission

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro said on Tuesday that dissidents are receiving "illegal" training at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, an issue he raised with U.S. President Barack Obama in talks on restoring diplomatic ties.

World, 12 May 2015

Chinese firm to build golf resort in Cuba as U.S. tourism interest grows

HAVANA - A Chinese company and the Cuban government have signed a letter of intent to build a golf course and resort, official media said on Friday, with an apparent eye to the eventual lifting of U.S. travel restrictions.

08 May 2015

Obama administration approves Cuba ferry service licenses

MIAMI - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official told Reuters.

World, 05 May 2015

Cubans plan mass symbolic gay, transgender wedding

HAVANA - Cuban gay rights activists led by the daughter of President Raul Castro plan a mass symbolic wedding on Saturday to promote acceptance of gay and transgender Cubans in a country once notoriously hostile toward them.

05 May 2015
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Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi'ite mosque, many dead or wounded

DUBAI - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, residents said, killing around 20 people and wounding more than 50, local residents and a hospital officials said.