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  • Timeline of key dates in US relations with Cuba Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    Timeline of key events in U.S.- Cuba relations:. —THE START: Fidel Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba on Jan 1, 1959. —STANDOFF: The U.S. declares an embargo on most exports to Cuba in October 1960 and breaks diplomatic relations in January 1961.

  • WASHINGTON— Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.- Cuba relations. Kerry said he would visit Cuba on Aug. 14 to preside over a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Despite the historic events, there remain issues that continue to vex the...

  • Raul Castro eyes 'new stage' for US-Cuba as ties to resume Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    HAVANA— Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba and the United States are entering a new era as the countries prepare to restart diplomatic relations next week, though he insisted more changes in U.S. policy toward the communist-run island are necessary. But Cuba hopes he continues to use his executive powers "to dismantle aspects of this policy, which causes...

  • HAVANA, July 9- European officials and businesses are visiting Cuba in unprecedented numbers, attracted by its market-oriented reforms and hastened to act by Havana's improved relations with the United States. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was also scheduled to lead a delegation of 100 businesses to Cuba, but that trip was postponed due...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, July 1- An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at- and eventually upend- the 53- year-old U.S. trade embargo. "This is more than symbolism," said Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America, a group...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks, will both address the...

  • HAVANA, June 22- Detente with the United States appears to have helped Cuba's communist economy, which officials expect to grow 4 percent in the first half of 2015, in line with official forecasts. Gross domestic product growth was up from 1.3 percent, the latest official estimate for all of 2014. In December, Cuba aggressively forecast 4 percent growth for 2015...

  • HAVANA, June 8- Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations have agreed that Cuba owes $15 billion stemming from a 1986 default, an important first step toward renegotiating the debt, Western diplomats said. The figure represents the total that Cuba owes 16 Paris Club nations from its 1986 default and includes principal, service charges, interest and...

  • A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that. Instead, Abivax agreed to buy vaccines at a predetermined price and pay...

  • MIAMI, May 25- The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are already...

  • Bacardi has U.S. rights to " Havana Club" name. Pernod's Havana Club will have to change its name to "Havanista" for U.S. customers, because Bacardi International, now Bermuda- based after its founders fled the communist island in the 1960 s, has the U.S. rights to the " Havana Club" name. "If the embargo is lifted, we could gain access to an enormous market and a substantial...

  • HAVANA, May 11- French President Francois Hollande urged an end to the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and envisioned a larger French role in Cuba's engagement with the West during the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba. Cuba is in foreign policy talks with both the European Union and the United States amid intense world interest in Cuba following detente with...

  • HAVANA, May 11- French President Francois Hollande began the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba by noting it was "special" in light of Washington's opening to the Communist-ruled island. Each of those three already operates in Cuba but they want to expand their business here with an eye to the potential end of the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba.

  • HAVANA, April 21- A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between the longtime adversaries. The Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday signed an agreement...

  • HAVANA, April 21- A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between the longtime adversaries. The Roswell Park Cancer Center of Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday signed an agreement with...

  • HAVANA, April 20- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama's easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since a December announcement by Obama and Cuban...

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Cuba and the United States just made history. At a time of multiple risks to his foreign policy record- from Iran's nuclear program and the war in Syria to Russian involvement in Ukraine and the violence of Islamic State- getting on well with Cuba looks relatively easy. "I think there is a strong majority both in the United States and in Cuba that...

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.- Cuba. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.

  • PANAMA CITY, April 10- U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between two Cold War foes. "At the Summit of the Americas this evening, President Obama and President Castro greeted each other and shook hands," said Bernadette Meehan, National...