It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation and boost web capacity 3,000-fold. Even a retired Fidel Castro had hailed the dawn of a new cyber-age on the island.
HAVANA (AP) -- It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation and boost web capacity 3,000-fold. Even a retired Fidel Castro had hailed the dawn of a new cyber-age on the island....
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.
The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban.
Cuba on Wednesday hailed a new undersea fiber optic cable connecting the communist island to Venezuela as a blow to the decades-old US embargo."This cable reinforces our sovereignty... and opens a gap in the genocidal blockade imposed by successive American governments," Cuban Information and Communications Minister Medardo Diaz said during a ceremony in Santiago de Cuba, 870 kilometers (540 miles) southeast of Havana.
Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.
It was the handshake that made history. Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchanged grins and pleasantries as they turned the page on the Cold War with the first formal meeting between leaders of their countries in more than five decades.
The U.S. president and Cuban leader were mingling with other heads of state at the opening of a regional summit when they made their cordial introductions in the middle of the crowd. The men clutched each other’s hands as they continued to talk, nod and smile in what, in terms of the body language of diplomacy, counted as a warm greeting.
HAVANA: Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday on Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo. Castro spoke out in an essay published in local media a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic visit to Cuba to reopen the US embassy as part of the countries' restoration of diplomatic relations. The trade embargo that the United States slapped on communist Cuba in 1962, three years after Castro seized power by ousting a US-backed regime, remains in effect despite the thawing.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Wednesday evening expressing her "support" for the major shift in US policy towards Cuba that President Barack Obama announced earlier in the day.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A specialized ship has arrived in Venezuela carrying enough fiber-optic cable to connect the South American country to Cuba, and will soon begin laying the cable along the sea floor to establish a link expected to dramatically improve telephone and Internet service for Cubans....