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February 21, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The highest-level meeting of U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana in years was overshadowed Saturday by a flourish of recriminations reminiscent of the Cold War-era tensions that have long polarized the two nations. The talks Friday in Havana focused on immigration issues, including visas and repatriation, part of a dialogue resumed in July after a six-year suspension. Both governments labeled the talks as positive. But on Saturday, Cuba scolded the U.S. officials, who used their visit to meet with dissidents.
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WORLD
November 7, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Hurricane Paloma churned toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba with winds of about 75 mph. Forecasters say the storm could become a major Category 3 hurricane by Saturday as it approaches Cuba. A hurricane warning was in effect for the Caymans, where the storm could dump up to 8 inches of rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2002 | From Reuters
Film director Steven Spielberg, visiting Cuba for the first time, said the United States should end its trade embargo against the communist-run island and allow more cultural interaction with Cubans. "I personally feel that this embargo should be lifted. I do not see any reason for accepting old grudges being played out in the 21st century," Spielberg said at a news conference Monday. "It does not make sense to me that my country will trade with North Korea and China, but not with Cuba."
TRAVEL
July 29, 1990
John Horn's cover story on tourism in Cuba ("The Other Caribbean," June 24) was remarkably fair and free of cold-war mentality. Cuba's pristine beaches and paucity of Coca-Cola signs, and the like, sound inviting. Alas, though Cuba welcomes tourists from the United States, our government prohibits ordinary tourists from visiting there. I thought it was Communist countries that restricted the travel of their citizens to capitalist countries to prevent them from learning what capitalism is really like.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze will make a "working visit" to Cuba after this week's U.N. session in New York, Tass announced Thursday. Soviet officials earlier said Shevardnadze will also visit Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach in London about her eyebrow-raising fifth anniversary trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z in April. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the trip and sought clarification on why two of the U.S.' biggest stars were visiting the communist island-nation, which is under an embargo for routine tourism.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2000
The reporter obviously did not speak with those people in Cuba who know about the Internet. Moreover, if the reporter wanted to know how many servers there are in Cuba, all one needs to do is go to http://www.cubanic.cu/buscar/search.html. How many people have accounts? Unknown. Real and virtual servers are found, but one needs to know where to look! A simple search of the Internet will reveal hundreds of virtual servers, i.e. black market accounts. NELSON P. VALDES Professor, Sociology Department University of New Mexico Albuquerque
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992
How refreshing to read the firsthand account of conditions in Cuba. It corroborates what I heard from other sources: no homeless, no beggars, no starving children. Free medical care, free education right through graduate school, a clean environment. And despite the severe centralization of power, a human rights record better than that of many of our allies. EUGENE KUSMIAK Fallbrook
OPINION
April 22, 2009
Re "Obama calls for new start with Cuba," April 18 It is interesting to note that President Obama never mentioned nor hinted at the need for the Cuban government to make reparations and indemnify U.S. citizens and corporations whose properties were summarily confiscated by the Fidel Castro regime. The same holds for those who are in favor of lifting the embargo and resuming relations with Cuba. How can there possibly be a "new start" unless this issue is resolved? I hope our president does the right thing and makes this point a priority in any future talks with Cuba.
WORLD
December 7, 2004 | From Reuters
Cuba's Communist government freed an independent journalist Monday, the 14th member of a group of 75 jailed dissidents released on medical grounds as Havana seeks to repair relations with the European Union. Jorge Olivera Castillo, 43, was freed after serving 20 months of an 18-year prison sentence on charges of conspiring with the United States against Cuba. He said he was suffering from chronic colitis and hypertension.
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