Cuba, Canada foreign ministers meet in Havana on Venezuela crisis

HAVANA (Reuters) – Canada’s foreign minister met with her Cuban counterpart in Havana on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Cuba’s longtime ally Venezuela and other issues after the island’s Communist government said it was willing to help mediate. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached out to Cuba two weeks ago on behalf of the Lima Group, a bloc […]

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Miguel Diaz-Canel set to become Cuba's next president

It will be the first time in nearly six decades that the island country will not be led by a Castro. The Cuban National Assembly has formally nominated Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate to take over the presidency from Raul Castro.  The move on Wednesday marked the end of an era for Cuba, making Diaz-Canel the first […]

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel gives first speech in Assembly

Miguel Diaz-Canel’s election marks first time in nearly six decades the Communist country will not be led by a Castro. The Cuban National Assembly has formally elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country’s new president. The vote on Thursday marked the end of an era for Cuba, making Diaz-Canel the first person outside the Castro family to rule the country in […]

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Cuba's President Raul Castro to step down

The 86-year-old has reportedly been grooming his Vice President, 57-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, to take his place. One family’s dominance of Cuban politics since the 1959 communist revolution is coming to an end this week. President Raul Castro, 86, will be handing over power for the first time in six decades to a Cuban who does not carry his last name. […]

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Prince Charles heads to Cuba despite U.S. crackdown

HAVANA (Reuters) – Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrive in Cuba on Sunday as part of a Caribbean tour, the first British royals to visit the Communist-run nation even as ally the United States seeks to isolate the country. The royal couple were asked by the UK government to add Cuba to their tour of former and current British […]

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Cuba vote opens final chapter of Castro era

Eight million Cubans expected to ratify 605 candidates in a vote for the first president who isn’t a Castro in 60 years. Cubans voted to ratify a new National Assembly, a key step in a process leading to the elevation of a new president – the first in nearly 60 years from outside the Castro family. Sunday’s general election is […]

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In Cuba, Obama's detente becomes history as Trump threatens

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has jettisoned rhetorical restraint toward the United States and is broadcasting footage of military defense exercises in the face of threats and new sanctions from the administration of President Donald Trump. The island nation had turned the other cheek over the last two years in the face of Trump’s efforts to end a detente initiated by […]

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M.L.B. Prepares to Make Its Case to U.S. Government on Cuba Deal

When Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that it had reached a historic agreement with the Cuban baseball federation to legalize the orderly signing of Cuban players, officials with the league knew the deal still required government approval. But those same officials, barely three hours after the announcement, were stunned by the swift and vehement objections in a White House […]

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