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'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of U.S. ties

- Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity.

Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist

Havana - Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition.

Cuban leader demands end of US embargo to renew ties

- Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday demanded an end to the US embargo against his country in order to make progress in talks to normalize relations.

Fidel Castro breaks silence on US-Cuba rapprochement

Havana - Cuban leader Fidel Castro has broken his silence on a historic rapprochement between Washington and Havana, implicitly endorsing it even as he expressed an abiding distrust of his old foe.

U.S.: Castro message 'positive sign'

Washington - The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana.

Fidel Castro: 'I don't trust the US, nor have I spoken with them'

Havana - Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday.

Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

Havana - The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in three decades met with leading dissidents, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana.

US, Cuba seek to reopen embassies in historic talks

Havana - Cuban officials and the highest-level US delegation to visit Havana in 35 years held landmark talks Thursday on reopening embassies, but both sides warned that normalizing ties would take time.

Cuban tour operators jumping to meet new U.S. demand

Miami - Cuban tour operators are gearing up for an explosion of U.S. travelers -- adding a spate of tours focused on everything from architecture to art to gourmet food -- following the recent detente between the two long-time Cold War rivals.

U.S., Cuba hail 'productive, constructive' first day of talks

Havana - U.S. and Cuban officials welcomed the first day of their historic diplomatic talks in Havana on Wednesday as "productive" and "constructive" despite lingering differences over migration issues.

Cuba and US launch historic talks in Havana

Havana - The United States and Cuba opened two days of historic talks in Havana on Wednesday to end decades of Cold War-era animosity and reestablish diplomatic relations.

Op-Ed: Cuba keeps Voice of America and Marti reporters away

The Obama Administration is silent on Voice of America (VOA) and Radio and TV Marti reporters not being allowed by the Castro regime to travel to Cuba to report from the island. They are not able to send reporters to Cuba to cover official U.S. visits.

Visiting U.S. senators see new era in historic Cuba talks

Havana - US lawmakers visiting Havana voiced hope that historic talks between US and Cuban officials this week will mark a "new era" of relations, ending decades of Cold War-era hostility.

U.S. lawmakers to Cuba for cooperation mission

Washington - A delegation of U.S. lawmakers headed by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy will travel to Cuba Saturday to explore bilateral collaboration following last month's historic detente between the long-term foes.

More Cubans fear end of free entry to U.S., risk it all

Miami - For plenty of Cubans, closer ties with the United States hold the promise of a better future on their communist-run island.

US eases travel, trade with Cuba from Friday

Washington - The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement.

Cuba, EU agree new talks in March: European sources

Brussels - Cuba and the European Union have agreed to meet in early March for a third round of negotiations aimed at normalising ties, EU sources said Wednesday, less than a month after a historic breakthrough between Havana and Washington.

Freed by Cuba, dissident couple doubt quick changes

Havana - A couple who were among 53 political prisoners Cuba freed under a US detente deal thanked Washington on Tuesday but voiced doubts of seeing immediate changes on the communist island.

Amid rumors over health, Fidel Castro sends letter to Maradona

Havana - Fidel Castro has written a letter to Argentine football great Diego Maradona that appears to show the 88-year-old Cuban leader is alive despite a year-long absence from public view, a television network reported Monday.

Cuba frees 53 political prisoners as agreed in US deal

Washington - Cuba has released all 53 of the political prisoners it agreed to free in last month's normalization deal with the United States, the US State Department said Monday.

Cuba, amid the censorship, wades into WiFi

Havana - Cuba, where Internet access is largely limited to government employees and pricey pay-by-hour public access, plans to start offering wireless service for the first time this month, officials said Saturday.

Cuba denies convening foreign media amid reports Fidel Castro sick

Havana - Cuba on Friday denied reports it had summoned foreign media to a press conference amid reports that 88-year-old Fidel Castro's health is deteriorating.

Cuba frees at least 35 political prisoners: dissidents

Havana - At least 35 Cuban political prisoners have been released in the last two days, dissident leaders said, as Cuba moves towards normalizing ties with the United States.

US to meet Cuba January 21-22 for first talks on new ties

Washington - The United States and Cuba will meet on January 21-22 for their first talks on normalizing diplomatic relations disrupted for half a century, a US official said Thursday.

Twin dissidents among political prisoners freed by Cuba

Havana - A pair of 18-year-old twin brothers are among the political prisoners released by Cuba as it moves towards normalizing ties with the United States, an activist said.

After year without seeing Castro, Cubans ask questions

Havana - You'd think the time is ripe for some pomp and drama from Fidel Castro, as Cuba and the US plan a resumption of ties ending decades of enmity.

Cuba freed some political prisoners on list: US

Washington - Cuba has freed some of the 53 political prisoners identified on a US list as it moves towards normalizing ties with the United States, an American official said Tuesday.

Artist in free speech row returns honor to Cuban government

Havana - Performance artist Tania Bruguera, detained for trying to stage an open mic event in Cuba, resigned Monday from the artists' union and returned an award given to her by the communist government.

Artist Tania Bruguera speaks out after Cuba detention

Havana - Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, detained for trying to stage an open-mic show in Havana, says a government crackdown may actually have helped her make her point.

Activist arrests revive U.S.-Cuba tensions

Havana - A Cuban crackdown on dissident activists caused a new rift with the United States, the first diplomatic scuffle since this month's historic announcement of a renewal in ties.
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