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No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

In this July 11, 2014 file photo, Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Havana, Cuba. Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro. AP

Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

Posted: December 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Raúl Castro visit to US looms

Cuba's President Raul Castro. AP FILE PHOTO

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

Posted: December 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

For 50 years, US tried but failed to oust Castro

Fidel Castro. AP FILE PHOTO

For more than half a century, the US government’s schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba.

Posted: December 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Students and teachers celebrate after listening to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro about the country's restoration of relations with the United States. (AP)

Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they’ll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US spy jailed in Cuba for 20 years comes home

This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross' wife Judy is at center. (AP Photo/Jeff Flake)

This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence information at the highest levels of the Cuban government.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »