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    1. Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 31 12:10 PM

      Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma reported Monday. In the 1970s, the study of English in Cuban schools was supplanted by Russian, after the Soviet Union emerged as the communist island's main benefactor following Fidel Castro's ascent to power in 1959. When the Soviet Union ...

    2. Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is using the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba to renew his attacks on President Obama’s foreign policy. In a speech to the conservative-leaning Foreign Policy Initiative in New York, Rubio said the president “has rewarded the Castro regime for its repressive tactics…. More than any other candidate, Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations ...

    3. Fidel Castro to Obama: You owe us millions

      Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! NewsAug 13 12:13 PM

      " Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations," Mr. Castro wrote in an essay published by local media. Recommended: How much do you know about Cuba? Resolving outstanding claims on both sides will be a complex, and critical, part of the thawing of...

    4. Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. sees long road to normal ties

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsAug 16 05:03 AM

      By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Josefina Vidal receives a check from the United States for $4,085 once a year, rent money for the U.S. naval base at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay. Former leader Fidel Castro used to stuff them into a drawer and Vidal says they are now stored in archives "like a historical document," a symbol of the bitterness between the two countries for over half a century. "I ...

    5. Fidel Castro once revealed some uncharacteristic financial regrets when seeking help for Cuba from a U.S. banker in 1980.

    6. Andrew V. Pestano HAVANA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Communist leader and former President of Cuba Fidel Castro wrote in a birthday address Thursday that the United States owes his country millions of dollars.

    7. Havana, Cuba – Secretary of State John Kerry marked the historic re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Friday after a half-century-long freeze, amid lingering tensions between the two countries and deep concern among anti-Castro lawmakers in Washington.

    8. On Friday, the American flag will once again fly over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the most potent symbol of the shift in relations between two countries that throughout the Cold War bristled with open hostility toward one another.

    9. Former Cuban president's essay published on day before U.S. flag to be raised over restored American Embassy

    10. Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 13 02:19 PM

      Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo. Castro spoke out in an essay published in local media a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic visit to Cuba to reopen the US embassy as part of the countries' restoration of diplomatic relations. The ...

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