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Op-Ed: North Korea and Cuba: Barack Obama and Rand Paul have it right

Rarely are Barack Obama and Rand Paul on the same side of history, but when it comes to combating communism both men have the right idea: Let it compete with the free market and allow the best policy to win. This could be a game-changer in 2016.

Castro hails U.S.-Cuba thaw, but says won't change political system

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect any major political change as a result of the detente.

Easing embargo would boost Cuba's moribund economy

Havana - Easing the 54-year-old US trade embargo would be breath of fresh air for communist Cuba's moribund economy, giving greater life to recent reforms by the island's communist regime.

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement isolates Venezuela: analysts

Caracas - Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say.

US-Cuba ties thaw, White House open to Castro visit

Washington - A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement.

You can now legally import Cuban cigars, rum

American cigar and rum aficionados cheered Wednesday when President Barack Obama announced an historic rapprochement with communist Cuba that will lead to greatly improved diplomatic, economic and travel relations between the two long-estranged neighbors.

Pope leads global praise for 'historic' U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

Paris - Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Cuba coup for pope with the popular touch

- Pope Francis's pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage.

Cuban prisoners freed in swap are heroes at home

Havana - The three Cubans released in a prisoner exchange that paved the way for a historic breakthrough Wednesday in Havana's Cold War standoff with the United States are celebrated as heroes back home.

Op-Ed: U.S. opens relations with Cuba after 53 years Special

Havana - President Barack Obama’s administration and Havana announced Wednesday that they were opening relations after 53 years. Some, but not all political prisoners were being released, including American Alan Gross, whose case had drawn wide attention.

U.S., Cuba to restore relations after Alan Gross, 'Cuban 5' freed

Washington - The United States and Cuba have begun talks to fully normalize diplomatic relations after more than half a century of animosity stoked by a crippling embargo, U.S. support for anti-Cuba terrorism and repeated attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Pope congratulates U.S., Cuba on historic thaw

- Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba for the historic thaw announced between Washington and the communist-run Caribbean island.

Cuba to 'reestablish diplomatic relations' with US: Castro

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties with Cold War enemy the United States after a prisoner swap paved the way to a historic breakthrough."We have agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties.

Pope played key role in Cuba normalization talks: U.S.

Washington - Pope Francis played a vital role in bringing Cuba and the United States to the negotiating table, making a "personal appeal" to the nations' leaders, a US official said Wednesday.

Historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo against its communist foe.

Cuba police arrest 32 during rights protest

Havana - Police in Havana arrested at least 32 people Wednesday at a demonstration marking Human Rights Day, AFP reporters on the scene observed.

Colombian president eyes 'happy ending' in peace talks

Veracruz - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for serious peace talks when negotiations between his government and Marxist FARC guerrillas resume this week to ensure a "happy ending.

Uruguay leader confirms Guantanamo deal, chides U.S. on Cuba

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica confirmed Friday that his country would take in six Guantanamo inmates, using the occasion to urge President Barack Obama to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

FARC and Colombian government resume peace talks

Havana - The FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government agreed Wednesday to resume peace talks that stalled over the kidnap of an army general, vowing to "de-escalate" the 50-year conflict.

Dozens of French tourists hurt in Cuba road accident

Havana - Forty-one French tourists and two locals were injured in Cuba when their bus hit another vehicle and overturned, media reports and diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Colombian government and FARC in deal to free general

Havana - The Colombian government and the FARC struck a deal to free "as soon as possible" a general and several others the guerrillas are holding captive, suggesting the faltering peace process is back on track.

Cuba and US cooperate in tackling Ebola outbreak

Havana - Many countries are willing to pledge funds to help West African countries battle Ebola, including the United States, a prominent donor, but Cuba has been exceptional in the number of medical personnel the government has sent to battle the pandemic.

U.N. votes 188-2 to condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

New York City - For the 23rd straight year, the world's nations voted nearly unanimously to condemn the United States' 54-year economic embargo against Cuba.

Cuban sent to fight Ebola in Guinea dies of malaria

Conakry - A Cuban man working in Guinea to help battle the killer Ebola virus has died of malaria, the west African nation said on Monday.

Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy'

Havana - Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy.

Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.

Havana - Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

Havana - Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

Google Chrome comes to Cuba

Havana - Google Chrome has finally touched down in Cuba. In a Google+ post Wednesday, Google blames American export controls and sanctions that may prohibit the access of certain tools in Cuba.

Venezuelan president on surprise visit to Fidel Castro

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a surprise visit to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro, who praised his guest's "solidarity" with the Palestinian people and condemned the "genocide" in Gaza.
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