US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies
US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies

The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.

Cuban author wins top Spanish prize for literature

Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, whose crime novels explore Havana`s grubby underside, was on Wednesday awarded Spain`s Princess of Asturias award for literature.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels to create truth commission

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said Thursday they have agreed at peace talks to set up a truth commission to probe crimes committed during the country`s half-century conflict.

Cuba allows five more foreign companies to invest in Mariel

Cuba has given the go-ahead for five more foreign companies to set up operations in the Mariel Special Development Zone, a port and trade complex aimed at luring foreign investment, officials said at an international trade symposium in this capital.

US, Cuba talks on normalising relations extended into Friday

The US and Cuba on Thursday ended their latest round of talks on normalising relations and reopening embassies without results, but agreed to continue the negotiations on Friday, a State Department spokesperson said.

US upbeat on upcoming talks with Cuba

 A senior US official has expressed optimism about the upcoming talks here with Cuba, saying that the two sides are "closer" to restoring diplomatic ties.

Cuba-US talks going well: Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro said that negotiations with the United States to restore formal relationship "are going well" and "at our own pace".

France`s Hollande gives high honor to Cuban Church leader

French President Francois Hollande on Monday bestowed his nation`s highest honor on the head of the Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, a key figure in the communist island`s growing rapprochement with the West.

France`s Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba

French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba during a historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Thousands call for gay rights in Cuba at symbolic marriage march

Thousands marched in Havana Saturday to support gay rights and to join a symbolic marriage ceremony organized by President Raul Castro`s daughter Mariela.

Castro, Venezuelan leader at May Day rally in Havana

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro joined President Raul Castro at a huge May Day rally in Havana on Friday in a show of socialist unity at an uncertain time for both countries.

Colombia orders Chinese ship with weapons to sail for Cuba

 A court ordered a Cuba-bound Chinese ship loaded with undeclared weapons to sail for Havana on Tuesday, saying the arms could not be unloaded and might pose a safety threat.

New York`s Cuomo talks business with Cuban VP

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met Tuesday with Cuba`s First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to discuss business opportunities between his state and the communist island, Cuban media said.

New York`s Cuomo in Cuba meets business, religious leaders

 New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Cuban officials and business and religious leaders Monday in Havana on a whirlwind tour with a delegation of US executives.

Dissidents on the ballot in historic Cuba vote

Cubans are voting in local elections on Sunday featuring two opposition candidates, who, if they win, would become the island's first non-Communist elected officials in decades.

Barack Obama backs taking Cuba off terror list: White House
Barack Obama backs taking Cuba off terror list: White House

US President Barack Obama has agreed to take Cuba off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said Tuesday, a key step toward normalizing ties.

Colombia to extend suspension of bombing raids on rebels

Colombia will extend its halt on bombing raids against Marxist FARC rebels for another month, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday after ordering a one-month suspension of the air raids in March to abet talks to end 50 years of war.

Barack Obama and Castro to break Cold War ice in person

 US President Barack Obama and Cuba`s Raul Castro will have a historic face-to-face encounter at the Summit of the Americas this week, breaking the ice after decades of glacial relations.

Cuba says Obama's steps to ease embargo 'insufficient'

Cuba's trade minister said on Monday that US President Barack Obama's moves to ease the five-decade embargo on the communist island are "incomplete and insufficient."

EU foreign policy chief in Cuba to advance talks

The European Union`s chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, visited Cuba Tuesday to give impetus to negotiations on normalizing relations between Brussels and Havana.