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Relishing New Wi-Fi, Cuba’s Young Clamor for More

Havana, Cuba. Headphone-clad youths pore over phones on a street corner at dusk. A mother holds a laptop on Havana’s seafront as her children cackle at seeing family abroad. Surreptitious vendors offer Internet cards at a markup. Cuba’s new Wi-Fi hotspots – 35 nationwide since July with more promised soon – are a sensation in […]

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Pope Francis Begins Historic Visit to Cuba, U.S.

Washington, D.C. Pope Francis landed Saturday in Havana, launching a historic 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, two bitter adversaries that with his guidance recently ended decades of Cold War-era hostility. Cuban President Raul Castro was at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to greet Francis. The pope will celebrate Mass in the city’s […]

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Cuba Releasing 3,522 Prisoners Ahead of Pope’s Visit

Washington, D.C. The Cuban government says it will pardon and release more than 3,500 prisoners to mark Pope Francis’ visit to the island this month – the largest amnesty since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro that established communist rule in Cuba. An announcement by the Council of State in Havana Friday did not […]

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U.S. Approves Ferry Service to Havana, Cuba

Washington, D.C.  The Obama administration took another step forward in its efforts to normalize relations with Cuba by restoring commercial ferry services between the former Cold War rivals. The Malecon Harborside in Havana by Antonio Milena via Wikimedia Commons. The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday issued licenses to at least four companies to ferry passengers and […]

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In Panama: The President’s Trip and a Historic Meeting

Panama City, Panama.  While in Panama City, President Obama participated in a CEO summit along with prominent business executives and heads of state from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the Summit, President Obama sat down with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The two discussed […]

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Remarks by Obama and Castro Before Meeting

Panama City, Panama.  From the ATLAPA Convention Center: PRESIDENT OBAMA:  This is obviously a historic meeting.  The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed.  But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the […]

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Honoring Young Leaders and Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

New York, N.Y.  Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey — and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations — Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba – have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education and orphan […]

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Door Opens: Six Democrats From U.S. Congress Visit Cuba

Havana, Cuba.  A U.S. congressional delegation is in Cuba in the first such visit since President Barack Obama announced last month that Washington would normalize relations with the island nation.  The six-member group of Democrats, led by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, arrived Saturday in Havana. Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of Cuba.  Photo: […]

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