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.

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.

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.

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.

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, Cuba set for historic talks to normalize ties

 The United States and Cuba will hold their highest level talks in decades on Wednesday, ditching decades of Cold War-era hostility to pave the way to reopen embassies and normalize ties.

Cuba has released some of 53 ''political'' prisoners: US

 

Washington: Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month`s US-Cuban rapprochement and Washington wants to see the rest released soon, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

Illegal migration to US by Cubans surges after rapprochement

 The number of Cubans trying to reach the US illegally by sea surged in December, after Havana and Washington announced a landmark rapprochement, the US Coast Guard said.

Artist Bruguera freed in Cuba after colleagues write in support

Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera was freed on Friday after three back-to-back detentions in three days, and after more than a thousand artists worldwide signed an open letter to Cuban President Raul Castro calling for her release.

Castro warns won't change communist system despite US-Cuba thaw

Cuban President Raul Castro has said that he is ready to discuss US' move to normalise bilateral relations but warned that the communist system would not be changed in the country.

Castro hails US-Cuba thaw, but says won`t change political system

Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect political change.

US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government: Official

Tighter new US sanctions against Venezuela are aimed to foment violent unrest to try to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, his defense minister said Saturday.

Raul Castro hails US-Cuba thaw, but says won`t change political system

Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect any major political change as a result of the detente.

Cuban parliament approves restoring ties with US

 Cuba`s Parliament on Friday unanimously approved a government decision to restore diplomatic relations with the United States, which was a long-time foe.

US-Cuba ties thaw, White House open to Castro visit

A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said Thursday, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement.

US Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba

 Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama`s plan to normalize US relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House.

US does not rule out visit by Cuban President Raul Castro

The US on Thursday did not rule out a visit to the White House by Cuban President Raul Castro, arguing that President Barack Obama has visited countries like China and Myanmar and invited their leaders to America, despite having serious human rights concerns about them.

India hails US move to revive diplomatic ties with Cuba

India on Thursday welcomed the US' decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after a gap of more than five decades.