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EU set to normalise ties with Cuba

The European Union is preparing to normalise ties with Cuba following a decade-long dispute over human rights, EU diplomats said Thursday. Experts from the EU's 28 member states this week "agreed on the principle of reviewing relations with Cuba," an EU diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity. Poland and the Czech Republic, former Communist states that long opposed launching ties with Cuba due to its human rights record, had lifted their objections, the source said.

Cuba, United States meet on migration in latest sign of a thaw

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Officials from the United States and Cuba met in Havana on Thursday to discuss longstanding migration accords in the latest sign of a new collaborative spirit between the Cold War foes. The migration talks are the highest public contact between the two governments, which do not have diplomatic relations, and recent meetings have been increasingly constructive, officials say.

Fidel Castro reappears in public

Havana, Jan 9 (EFE).- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro reappeared in public for the inauguration of an art studio in Havana that coincided with the 55th anniversary of his triumphal entry into the capital, official media said Thursday. The 87-year-old Fidel, whose last public appearance had been in April 2013, on Wednesday night attended the opening of the "Kcho estudio Romerillo, Laboratorio para el arte."

Fidel Castro reappears in public

Havana, Jan 9 (EFE).- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro reappeared in public for the inauguration of an art studio in Havana that coincided with the 55th anniversary of his triumphal entry into the capital, official media said Thursday. The 87-year-old Fidel, whose last public appearance had been in April 2013, on Wednesday night attended the opening of the "Kcho estudio Romerillo, Laboratorio para el arte."

Castro makes first public appearance in nine months

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home, the local press reported Thursday. Official media in Cuba and several foreign news outlets ran photographs showing a hunched Castro, 87, using a walking stick as he attended the inauguration of a gallery by Cuban artist Alexis Leyva.

Castro makes first public appearance in nine months

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in nine months, attending an art gallery opening near his home, the local press reported Thursday. Official media in Cuba and several foreign news outlets ran photographs showing a hunched Castro, 87, using a walking stick as he attended the inauguration of a gallery by Cuban artist Alexis Leyva.

Bad weather forces postponement of Cuban Revolution celebration

Havana, Jan 8 (EFE).- The official events on Wednesday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the entry into Havana of Fidel Castro and his caravan of rebels in 1959 had to be postponed due to bad weather and will take place on an as-yet-unspecified date, state media reported. Officials said that because of the "weather situation" in the Cuban capital, where since the early morning rain associated with a cold front has been falling, all the scheduled activities have been postponed "for another date that will be announced in due course."

Bad weather forces postponement of Cuban Revolution celebration

Havana, Jan 8 (EFE).- The official events on Wednesday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the entry into Havana of Fidel Castro and his caravan of rebels in 1959 had to be postponed due to bad weather and will take place on an as-yet-unspecified date, state media reported. Officials said that because of the "weather situation" in the Cuban capital, where since the early morning rain associated with a cold front has been falling, all the scheduled activities have been postponed "for another date that will be announced in due course."

EU should revise position on Cuba: Netherlands FM

The European Union should seek to strengthen ties with Cuba, Netherlands Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Tuesday during a two-day visit to the Communist-run Caribbean nation. "Throughout the centuries, Cuba has been a meeting point for Europeans and Americans and I believe that Cuba still has a role to play between Europe and the Americas," Timmermans said during a meeting with Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez. "I believe that dialogue between the European Union, the Netherlands and Cuba is extremely important for the development of the region," he added.

EU should revise position on Cuba: Netherlands FM

The European Union should seek to strengthen ties with Cuba, Netherlands Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Tuesday during a two-day visit to the Communist-run Caribbean nation. "Throughout the centuries, Cuba has been a meeting point for Europeans and Americans and I believe that Cuba still has a role to play between Europe and the Americas," Timmermans said during a meeting with Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez. "I believe that dialogue between the European Union, the Netherlands and Cuba is extremely important for the development of the region," he added.
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