HAVANA — The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials.
The United States and Cuba have commenced talks aimed at normalizing long-strained relations, but support for this turning point is not universal. Gwen Ifill talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News from Havana about opposition from Capitol Hill and the long process of reestablishing the relationship after 53 years. Continue reading
Saying his “first duty as commander-in-chief is to defend the United States of America,” President Barack Obama told the nation and the world that his country “reserves the right to act unilaterally” to pursue and thwart terrorists. He also applauded a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, chastised Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and encouraged Congress to pass legislation that improves cybersecurity. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intensified a war of words over the Paris attacks. Also, hundreds of thousands of people greeted Pope Francis’ motorcade in the streets of Manila as the pontiff began the first papal visit to the Philippines in 20 years. Continue reading
HAVANA — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal with the United States, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more than five decades of estrangement. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, the House of Representatives voted again to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline after the Nebraska Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge to the pipeline’s route. Also, Islamic cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa was sentenced to life in prison in New York for helping terrorists kidnap tourists in Yemen and plotting to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon. Continue reading
Just outside Havana, in the childhood bedroom of illustrator Edel Rodriguez, a washing machine engine welded to a boat propeller has become a makeshift fan. This kind of cobbled-together contraption is common in Cuba. So are stoves that run on … Continue reading
Long walled off from world trade and modern technology, Cuba has developed a robust culture of DIY engineers who turn household items into useful inventions. Water pump motors propel bicycles, clothes dryers are repurposed into coconut shredders. Cuban artist Ernesto Orza has spent the last decade photographing and collecting many of these creations. Read more about Cuban inventions in our Science Wednesday piece, How communism turned Cuba into an island of hackers and DIY engineers. Continue reading