US says `no` to handing Guantanamo back to Cuba

Efforts to improve ties with Cuba will not extend to handing control of Guantanamo Bay back to Havana, the White House said on Thursday.

Raul Castro 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

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.

I don`t trust the US, nor have I spoken with them: Fidel Castro

 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.

Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with US

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to Cuba`s talks with the United States with a statement that addressed his longtime adversary for the first time since Cuba and the United States announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic ties.

Cuba, US open new chapter in bilateral ties: Report

The first high-level talks between Cuba and the United States in nearly 40 years have "opened a new chapter" in their ties, the state-run Granma daily has said.

Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

The highest-ranking US official to visit Cuba in 35 years met with leading dissidents on Friday, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington`s rapprochement with Havana.

US presses Cuba on human rights in talks on restoring ties

The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations.

No date set to reopen US, Cuba embassies: Officials

US and Cuban officials did not set dates to reopen their embassies during historic talks Thursday but agreed to meet again on the issue, US and Cuban officials said.

US, Cuba seek to reopen embassies in historic talks

Cuban officials sat down Thursday with the highest-level US delegation to visit Havana in 35 years for landmark talks on reopening embassies and thawing long frozen ties.

Cuba, US see good first day of landmark talks

US and Cuban officials claimed a good first day in historic talks in Havana on Wednesday, despite disagreements over migration policies ahead of negotiations on restoring diplomatic ties.

US, Cuba hail `productive, constructive` first day of talks

US 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 issus.

US and Cuba sit down for historic talks on restoring ties

  The highest-level US delegation to Cuba in 35 years begins talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and eventually normalizing relations between two adversaries who have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.

Obama `will not relent` in bid to close Guantanamo prison
Obama `will not relent` in bid to close Guantanamo prison

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to make good on his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying it was "time to finish the job."

Cuba wants off US terrorism list before restoring normal ties

Cuba will tell the United States in face-to-face talks this week it wants to be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism before restoring diplomatic relations, a senior foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.
 

US in Cuba: `Imperialist` mission to become embassy

The high-fenced US Interests Section on Havana`s postcard-pretty seafront was a symbol of the Cold War friction that is now finally dissipating as it prepares to become an embassy.

Russian spy ship in Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, the eve of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations.

Visiting US senators see new era in historic Cuba talks

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

US to seek end to travel curbs, set up embassy in Cuba talks

The United States will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions on US diplomats and agree to establish U.S. and Cuban embassies in historic talks in Havana this week aimed at restoring relations, a senior State Department official said on Monday.

State of Union guests put faces to Obama policies

Alan Gross, the US contractor released from prison in Cuba last month, will be among 22 guests of First Lady Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, the White House said Monday.