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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.

Cuban leader's daughter organizes symbolic gay weddings

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, a lawmaker and gay-rights activist, said Tuesday her organization would hold symbolic gay weddings this weekend in a call for equal rights.

Cuban leader Raul Castro to visit Pope Sunday

- Pope Francis will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican on Sunday, Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi announced."Raul Castro will be received in the morning for strictly private talks," the spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

'Cuban 5' spies in Venezuela to pay tribute to Chavez

Caracas - The Cuban spies whose release by the United States helped pave the way for its thaw with Cuba traveled to Venezuela Monday to pay tribute to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

Fidel Castro meets Japanese foreign minister in Havana

Havana - Cuba's former president Fidel Castro has met with Japan's foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, local media reported.

Castro, Venezuelan leader at May Day rally in Havana

Havana - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro joined President Raul Castro at a huge May Day rally in Havana on Friday in a show of socialist unity minus the usual anti-imperialist rhetoric.

Storm leaves three dead in Havana

Havana - Three people died as a result of torrential rains and high winds that damaged more than two dozen structures and flooded parts of Havana, local media reported Thursday.

Pope to visit Cuba in September, says Vatican

- Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday.

Fifty years later: tracing Che's 'failure' in DR Congo

Fizi - "This is the story of a failure," Marxist guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in his journal after a bid to bring "revolutionary war" to the Congo 50 years ago.

Two opposition candidates defeated in Cuba vote

Havana - Two Cuban opposition candidates failed to become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades.

Pope considering Cuba visit in September: Vatican

- Pope Francis, who played a role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, is considering a visit to Cuba as part of his US trip in September, the Vatican said Friday.

Obama moves to drop Cuba from terror blacklist

Washington - President Barack Obama is set to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, in a landmark step paving the way towards restoring ties frozen for five decades.

Cubans thrilled by Obama-Castro talks, but see long road

Havana - Cubans can still barely believe what they saw: A president named Castro sat down for talks with a "yankee" US leader. But the islanders know the diplomatic thaw will take time.

Castro tells Obama diplomatic thaw requires patience

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told US counterpart Barack Obama during historic face-to-face talks Saturday that negotiations to restore diplomatic ties will require much patience.

Cuba's Castro says Obama is 'an honest man'

Panama - Cuban President Raul Castro told the Summit of the Americas on Saturday that US President Barack Obama, who was in attendance, is an "honest man" as the leaders seek to restore diplomatic ties.

Civil society forum overheats at Americas summit

Panama - Jeering and insults marred a civil society forum ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, pitting supporters of the Cuban and Venezuelan governments against opposition figures.

Cuba says Obama's steps to ease embargo 'insufficient'

Havana - Cuba's trade minister said Monday that US President Barack Obama's moves to ease the five-decade embargo on the communist island are "incomplete and insufficient.
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