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Fidel Castro seen in rare public outing

Havana - Cuban state television broadcast images Saturday of former president Fidel Castro meeting cheese experts during a rare trip outside his Havana home.

Fearing change in sweetheart deal, Cubans flock to U.S.

Havana - The number of Cubans heading to the US has surged in the months since the historic thaw in bilateral relations -- a swell experts attribute to uncertainty over the future of US policy that favors such travelers.

Cuba's new wifi hotspots attract eager users

Havana - Near the popular Hotel Habana Libre in Cuba's capital, a gaggle of young people on cellphones, tablets and laptops log onto the new wifi hotspot -- a small milestone in one of the least connected countries.

Hope for U.S.-Cuba ties at Havana's 'Park of Sighs'

Havana - As word spread that the United States will soon turn its interests section into a full-fledged embassy in Havana, Cubans standing outside the mission Wednesday voiced hope for a better future.

U.S., Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

Washington - The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.

US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies

Washington - The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.

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.

Hungarian supergranny closes in on world chess record

Budapest - An 87-year-old Hungarian woman aims this weekend to set a world record by beating 1920s Cuban chess grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca at his own game: simultaneous play.

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.

Two North Koreans jailed in Panama over Cuba arms cache

Panama - A court in Panama jailed two North Koreans for 12 years for trying to smuggle Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal in an incident which raised international suspicions, their attorney said Sunday.

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.

EU, Latin America urge US to lift embargo on Cuba

Brussels - The EU joined Latin America and the Caribbean in calling Thursday for the United States to lift its decades-old embargo on Cuba and in vowing to help secure a global deal in Paris to curb climate change.

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.

US drops Cuba from terror blacklist in landmark move

Washington - The United States dropped Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, removing yet another hurdle as the two countries seek to restore diplomatic ties frozen for five decades.

No U.S.-Cuba deal on embassies, talks to go on

Washington - The United States and Cuba failed Friday to nail down an agreement on reopening their embassies and more discussions to restore long-frozen diplomatic ties will be needed, both sides said.

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.

Cuba's Elian Gonzalez, now grown up, hopes to return to U.S.

Washington - Elian Gonzalez, who as a child was at the center of a bitter international custody battle between his Cuban father and his Miami relatives, now dreams of returning to the United States, he said in an interview broadcast Monday.

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.

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.

Vatican's warming ties with Cuba helped thaw U.S. relations

- The Catholic Church was key in helping to broker the historic reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba, but its role in the communist island has not always been so easy.

Castro at Vatican thanks pope for mediating thaw with US

- Cuban President Raul Castro met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering an historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman said.

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.

Cuba's Castro starts Russian visit ahead of WWII parade

Moscow - Cuban President Raul Castro began a series of meetings with Russian leaders Wednesday during a symbolic visit to Havana's Cold War ally for a World War II victory parade at a time of thawing ties with Washington.

U.S. allows first ferry services to Cuba in over 50 years

Washington - The United States authorized commercial ferry services to Cuba for the first time in more than a half-century on Tuesday, another major step in improving relations between the two countries.
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