Obama to Nudge Cuba on Freedoms in Direct Appeal to CitizensNudging Cuba toward democracy, President Barack Obama will cast a spotlight on political repression and economic deprivation here when he meets with dissidents and speaks to the Cuban people at the close of a trailblazing trip.
Obama, Castro Lay Bare Tensions on Embargo, Human RightsLaying bare a half-century of tensions, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro prodded each other Monday over human rights and the longstanding U.S. economic embargo during an unprecedented joint news conference that stunned Cubans unaccustomed to their leaders being aggressively questioned.
Nearly 3,000 Cuban Rafters Picked Up By US Authorities So Far In 2014One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.
Cuba's Raul Castro Announces He Will Retire Following Current Term As PresidentRaul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.
Cuba Ends Exit Permits As Florida Could See Massive Population SurgeCuba is set to end exit permits for foreign travel, giving many Cubans more of an incentive to travel abroad for up to 24 months.

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