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Daily Archives: December 17, 2014

Pope happy over re-establishment of U.S.-Cuba relations

Vatican City, Dec 17 (EFE).- Pope Francis was “deeply pleased” that the United States and Cuba have announced the normalization of diplomatic relations “in order to overcome, for the good of their peoples, the troubles that have marred their history,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wednesday. Lombardi released a statement minutes after U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban countepart, Raul Castro, ...

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Gross thanks Obama after release, expresses support for Cuba policy shift

Washington, Dec 17 (EFE).- American contractor Alan Gross thanked U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday for securing his release from prison and expressed support for his administration’s decision to work toward restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba. “Thank you, President Obama, for everything you have done today and leading up to today,” Gross, accompanied by his wife, Judy, said at a ...

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Republicans slam Obama for Cuba decision

Washington, Dec 17 (EFE).- The leading Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama’s decision to resume full diplomatic ties with Communist-ruled Cuba as a “mindless” concession to a dictatorship. Obama’s decision to launch talks aimed at restoring full relations that were severed in 1961 has sparked outrage from House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican members ...

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Caricom welcomes “thawing” of US-Cuba relations

Statement by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) welcomes the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba and the move towards the re-establishment of diplomatic ties.  CARICOM has long been an advocate for the normalisation of these relations and has raised the issue repeatedly in its interaction with both parties. As ...

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U.N.: Restoration of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties “very positive”

United Nations, Dec 17 (EFE).- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that the United States’ decision to restore full diplomatic ties with Cuba is a “very positive” development. “The news is very positive,” Ban said at his year-end press conference, thanking U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s head of state, Raul Castro, for “taking this very important step.” The United Nations “stands ready ...

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Caribbean News Desk for Weds Dec 17, 2014

Washington/Havana, Dec 17 (EFE).- A prisoner swap between Cuba and the United States, and the release of American contractor Alan Gross by Havana opened the way Wednesday for the two countries to end more than five decades of political animosity. U.S. President Barack Obama said in an address Wednesday that he was taking a series of steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama ...

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