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.
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....
Google will be joining forces with five East Asian companies to build a 9,000-km (6,000 mile) fiber-optic underwater cable that will span the Pacific Ocean, connecting the West Coast of the U.S. to two cities in Japan.
Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.
The 81-year-old Castro also said he hopes to establish two-term limits and age caps for political offices including the presidency – an astonishing prospect for a nation led by Castro or his older brother Fidel since their 1959 revolution.