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Trade and travel ties grow for Cubans, Cuban Americans

A rise in trade and travel is helping bridge a gulf that has divided Cubans from expats in Florida for more than half a century, experts said. Some experts say relations are better than at any time since the rupture in diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington in the early 1960's, in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution -- in part because of looser travel restrictions on both sides.

Cuba publishes full text of law that aims to attract badly needed foreign investment

HAVANA - Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 per cent foreign-financed. The law was approved by parliament and its broad outlines were aired in state media, and the text is now publicly available after being published in the government's Official Gazette.

U.S. government contractor jailed in Cuba ends hunger strike

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. contractor imprisoned in Cuba ended a hunger strike on Friday after eight days of protesting his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments while serving a 15-year term for illegally attempting to establish Internet service on the island. "My protest fast is suspended as of today, although there will be further protests to come," Alan Gross said in a statement. His 91-year-old mother urged Gross, 64, to resume eating, according to a statement released through representatives of his lawyer and family.

Alan Gross, U.S. contractor held in Cuba, ends hunger strike

Washington, Apr 11 (EFE).- Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on subversion charges, has abandoned a hunger strike after eight days at the urging of family members, his attorney said Friday. The 64-year-old Maryland man began the fast on April 3 to protest "inhumane" treatment behind bars and to pressure Havana and Washington into making a serious effort "to resolve this shameful ordeal," in the words of a letter he sent his lawyer in Washington.

Cuba says U.S. hunger striker's treatment in prison 'dignified'

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - A U.S. contractor who has launched a hunger strike while serving a long prison term in Cuba is receiving "dignified and decent treatment" in a hospital ward where he is in stable health, a Cuban official said on Wednesday. Cuba's communist government said it was concerned by a statement from Alan Gross's lawyer on Tuesday that said his client had begun a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by both the Cuban and U.S. governments.

Cuba says fasting jailed American in 'good physical condition'

Jailed American Alan Gross is in "good condition," the Cuban government said Wednesday in response to news the USAID subcontractor had gone on a hunger strike to press for his release. The foreign ministry said Gross was being "held in a hospital not because his health requires it but because it guarantees that he receives specialized care by highly qualified medical personnel." He has received "dignified and decent treatment," the statement by foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal said.

Cuba says fasting jailed American in 'good physical condition'

Jailed American Allan Gross is in "good condition," the Cuban government said Wednesday in response to news the USAID subcontractor had gone on a hunger strike to press for his release. The foreign ministry said Gross was being "held in a hospital not because his health requires it but because it guarantees that he receives specialized care by highly qualified medical personnel." He has received "dignified and decent treatment," the statement by foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal said.

Cuba says U.S. hunger striker has 'dignified' treatment in prison

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - A U.S. contractor who has launched a hunger strike while serving a long prison term in Cuba is receiving "dignified and decent treatment" in a hospital ward, where he is in normal and stable health, Cuba said on Wednesday. Cuba's communist government said it was concerned by a statement from Alan Gross's lawyer on Tuesday that said his client had begun a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments.

U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba goes on hunger strike

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. contractor serving a 15-year prison term in Cuba for trying to start an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Attorney Scott Gilbert also criticized the United States for further endangering his client Alan Gross by launching a secretive "Cuban Twitter" after his arrest in 2009.

U.S. contractor Gross mounts hunger strike to demand release from Cuban jail

Washington, Apr 8 (EFE).- Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba after being convicted of subversion, began a hunger strike on April 3 to demand both Havana and Washington for his release, his attorney said Tuesday. "I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions, and inaction by both governments, not only regarding their shared responsibility for my arbitrary detention, but also because of the lack of any reasonable or valid effort to resolve this shameful ordeal," Gross told his U.S. legal team.
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