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Cuban President Announces Changes In Policy Towards U.S.

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Havana) -- Cuban President Raul Castro says his government is ready to make changes that will ease tensions with the United States. In a statement read on Cuban national TV this Wednesday Castro called for an end to years of confrontation.   Castro revealed that ambassadors will be exchanged as part of the effort to…

Pope Francis Credited For Aiding Thaw In U.S.-Cuba Relations

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Undated) -- Pope Francis is being credited with helping to facilitate the diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Cuba. Vatican communications director Greg Burke described the effort as being very much "in the spirit" of the Pope.   Burke notes the Holy See kept relations in Cuba despite the difficulties under Castro's regime when all…

EU Votes To Recognize Palestinian State In Principle

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Undated) -- The European parliament is ready to recognize a Palestinian state in principle. Members settled Wednesday on a compromise resolution to recognize Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution as long as peace talks progress. The move follows other votes by European countries to recognize Palestine, demonstrating growing impatience with the stalled peace progress. Some…

Obama: Time To Start Normalizing Relations With Cuba

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- President Obama claims it is finally time to start normalizing relations with Cuba.   Speaking from the White House, the President called the U.S. approach to Cuba outdated. Obama argued that the long isolation of Cuba has had little effect. The U.S. imposed a strict embargo on the communist island nation more…

Obama: Time To Start Normalizing Relations With Cuba

Posted On December 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- President Obama says it is finally time to start normalizing relations with Cuba.   Speaking from the White House, the President announced that the U.S. will start easing some travel and trade restrictions and re-establishing embassies in Havana and Washington, DC. The U.S. imposed a strict embargo on the communist island nation…