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U.S. senators urge full U.S.-Cuba embassy ties

Havana - A trio of US senators visiting Cuba's capital on Saturday called for the reopening of full embassies in Havana and Washington, under the recent US-Cuban diplomatic thaw.

Cuba opens up to the Internet with increased Wi-Fi access

As Cuba slowly opens up to the world, its government moves to spread public Internet access, with the creation of 35 Wi-Fi hotspots.

Cuba has 60 political prisoners: Dissident group

Havana - Cuba is holding 60 political prisoners, half as many as a year ago, though the number could increase again because the communist government continues to "criminalize" dissent, a rights group said Friday.

Cuba to launch first public wifi

Havana - Cuba announced plans Thursday to open 35 public wifi hotspots and halve the price to go online, seeking to expand Internet access in one of the world's least-connected countries.

U.S. Republican lawmakers make Cuba visit

Havana - A visiting delegation of Republican US lawmakers met Saturday with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to discuss the island's economy and closer ties between Havana and Washington.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels to create truth commission

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said Thursday they have agreed at peace talks to set up a truth commission to probe crimes committed during the country's half-century conflict.

EU and Cuba to resume talks June 15

Havana - A new round of talks to warm relations between the European Union and Cuba has been scheduled for June 15 and 16 in Brussels, a Havana official told AFP Wednesday.

No jail time for rebels: Colombia's FARC

Havana - Colombian leftist rebels holding peace talks with the government insisted Wednesday that none of their people should end up in jail for fighting in the five-decade-old war.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels begin clearing landmines

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have begun working together on clearing the country's landmines, officials said Friday, but their peace talks remain fragile amid a surge in fighting.

FARC peace negotiator killed in Colombia strike: rebels

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict.

Colombian government, FARC rebels resume peace talks

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.

U.S., Cubans in first regatta since diplomatic thaw

Havana - Cuban and American sailors competed Tuesday in the first regatta since their countries' decision to seek normal ties after more than five decades of Cold War strains.

Standing ovation for first U.S. orchestra to tour Cuba since thaw

Havana - The first American orchestra to tour Cuba since a historic rapprochement between the two nations received a rousing ovation late Friday from a packed house in Havana.

US, Cuba to meet in coming weeks on reopening embassies

Havana - The United States and Cuba will hold another meeting in the coming weeks in Washington on reopening embassies, the latest step in their historic rapprochement, Havana's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

Cuba, US can exchange envoys once Havana off terror list: Castro

Havana - Cuba and the United States will exchange ambassadors once the island is removed from the US blacklist of state terrorism sponsors, President Raul Castro said Tuesday, though Washington said there was no set timetable.

France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office

Havana - French President Francois Hollande will meet Cuba's Fidel Castro Monday during his historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Minnesota Orchestra to play in Cuba this week

Minneapolis - The Minnesota Symphony Orchestra led by its director, Osmo Vanska, will be the first to perform in Cuba since President Barack Obama announced he would be restoring full diplomatic relations last December.

In Cuba, France's Hollande urges US to end embargo

Havana - French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, during the first visit by a Western leader to the island since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

France's Hollande arrives in Cuba on historic visit

Havana - Francois Hollande arrived in Havana Sunday, the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century, cementing Paris's lead in the EU rapprochement with the communist island.

French president's historic Cuba trip leads EU detente

Havana - Francois Hollande will become the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century on Monday, cementing Paris's leading role in the European Union's rapprochement with the communist island.
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