Cuba, an Internet laggard, opens Wi-Fi hotspots across country


Havana - Cuba has opened 35 Wi-Fi access points nationwide, offering unprecedented online access in a country that until now has restricted use of the Internet to an elite few.

Factbox: U.S.-Cuba ties: From revolution and Bay of Pigs to rapprochement

- The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years and to reopen embassies in each other's capitals.

World, Politics, 01 Jul 2015

Obama formally opens U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to the historic step of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and will raise its flag over a U.S. Embassy in Havana later this summer.

Politics, 01 Jul 2015

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled

WASHINGTON/HAVANA - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. | Video

World, 01 Jul 2015

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

World, 30 Jun 2015

Pope to visit the powerful and the poor on Cuba, U.S. trip

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet prisoners, homeless people and immigrants as well as some of the world's most powerful leaders during his September trip to Cuba and the United States, according to a Vatican program issued on Tuesday.

U.S. senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

HAVANA - Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. | Video

Politics, 27 Jun 2015

U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links

WASHINGTON - The United States released its annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.

World, Myanmar, 25 Jun 2015

Colombian rebels say escalating violence poses threat to peace talks

HAVANA - Colombia's Marxist-led FARC guerrillas warned on Tuesday that escalating violence could damage peace talks in Cuba, where the government and insurgents are seeking a negotiated end to half a century of civil war.

World, 23 Jun 2015

Human rights group says Cuba has 60 political prisoners

HAVANA - Cuba's leading human rights commission on Friday accused the government of having 60 political prisoners, a number the group acknowledges includes armed insurrectionists, hijackers and spies as well as peaceful political activists.

World, 19 Jun 2015

Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

BRUSSELS/ATHENS - Greece faces a last chance to stay in the euro zone on Tuesday when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras puts proposals to an emergency euro zone summit after Greek voters resoundingly rejected the austerity terms of a defunct bailout. | Video