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Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 2:58 PM
The Obama administration announced major changes Tuesday to decades-old sanctions against Cuba that will allow for "person-to-person" educational travel and open U.S. financial institutions to Cuban nationals.
The changes, which will take effect Wednesday, were announced just days before President Barack Obama was scheduled to embark on a historic two-day trip to Havana. They come more than one year since Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro said they would work to normalize relations between the countries.
Among the changes, the U.S. Department of State and Transportation said it would allow for up to 110 non-stop flights daily between America and Cuba, a move the White House said would "significantly increase the ability of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba to directly engage with the Cuban people."
It has been more than five decades since passenger flights have traveled between America and Cuba. Educational trips have been allowed but only in the form of often expensive group trips.
Going forward, Americans will be able to travel to the island nation with the stipulation that they fill out a form proclaiming the trip is for educational purposes and not tourism.
"Today's steps build on the actions of the last 15 months as we continue to break down economic barriers, empower the Cuban people and advance their financial friends, and chart a new course in U.S.-Cuba relations," said U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob L. Lew.
Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:21 PM
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly voted in favor Thursday of a resolution that implicitly condemned President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite the president's threats to cut funding to countries that oppose his decision.
BREAKING: UN General Assembly votes 128-9 to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital `null and void'— The Associated Press (@AP) December 21, 2017
Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 3:58 PM
— North Korean officials are reaching out to Republican-linked analysts in an attempt to better understand President Donald Trump, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post.
The effort began before Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un started trading fiery rhetoric in the wake of the Hermit Kingdom’s repeated missile tests, the Post reported.
“Their number one concern is Trump,” a source, who was not identified, told the newspaper. “They can’t figure him out.”
Exclusive: North Korea has approached Republicans for help in trying to figure out Trump https://t.co/1CRIJbm8yx— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 26, 2017
The Post reported that at least seven invitations have been extended to Washington-based analysts, including Douglas Paal, an expert on Asia who served on the National Security Council under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Paal, who is currently vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post that he declined North Korea’s request to arrange talks between its officials and “American experts with Republican ties.”
“The North Koreans are clearly eager to deliver a message,” Paal said, adding that North Korean officials wanted the meeting to take place in a neutral location, such as Switzerland. “But I think they’re only interested in getting out of the country for a bit.”
Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
MOSCOW — Russian president Vladimir Putin took a short vacation to begin August, heading to Tuva in southern Siberia to fish, swim and catch some rays.
In images and footage released by Russian state television, Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu can be seen enjoying the outdoors, The Associated Press reports. Putin is seen swimming and fishing, including spending two hours hunting a pike while spearfishing.
Most of the images of Putin feature him bare-chested, except for the photos where Putin dons a wetsuit.
Putin on style! Russian president poses on holiday for action shots while diving and fishing without a shirt https://t.co/ETgUctoznh— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 5, 2017
Putin is known for his love of adventure and the outdoors, and has taken active vacations since becoming Russia's president, The Associated Press reports.
Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:09 AM