Alan Gross, held in Cuba for four years, ends hunger strike
April 11th, 2014
03:55 PM ET
5 days ago

Alan Gross, held in Cuba for four years, ends hunger strike

Washington (CNN) - Alan Gross, the former American subcontractor who's spent four years imprisoned in Cuba, ended a hunger strike Friday that he launched last week in a bid to spur both the United States and Cuba to resolve his case.

Gross told his attorney Scott Gilbert that he would end his hunger strike, at the urging of family and friends who were concerned with his deteriorating health, but more protest would come.
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Crist: End the Cuba embargo
February 8th, 2014
12:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Crist: End the Cuba embargo

Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Friday his support for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a policy shift that shows how far the former Republican has moved since switching parties.

"The embargo has done nothing in more than 50 years to change the regime in Cuba," Crist said in a statement. "If we want to bring democracy to Cuba, we need to encourage American values and investment there."

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Cuba
December 10th, 2013
07:56 AM ET
4 months ago

A brief but important handshake between Obama, Castro

Updated 2:51 p.m. ET, 12/10/13

(CNN) – Arriving on stage at FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders, pausing briefly to grasp the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.

The greeting quickly sparked a strong debate on Twitter between those who praised and disagreed with the handshake, given that the United States does not share diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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Filed under: Cuba • Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
April 14th, 2013
10:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Jay-Z’s Cuba trip ‘hypocritical,’ says Rubio

(CNN) – Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé were bolstering an oppressive dictator when they traveled to Cuba for their anniversary, Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday.

The trip - which the Treasury Department said was officially sanctioned as cultural travel - only served to expose “the ridiculousness of the laws that we have in place,” Rubio continued on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Cuba • Marco Rubio
April 11th, 2013
01:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Jay C. rips Jay-Z

(CNN) – It seemed like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was waiting for the question when he was asked Thursday about Jay-Z's newest rap, which focuses on his U.S. government-approved trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce last week.

In the rap, Jay-Z suggested their clearance came from the White House, when it actually came from the Treasury Department.
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Filed under: Cuba • Jay Carney
Jay-Z pens 'Open Letter' to Cuba trip critics
April 11th, 2013
09:49 AM ET
1 year ago

Jay-Z pens 'Open Letter' to Cuba trip critics

(CNN) – Do not annoy Jay-Z.

The rapper has recorded a song that appears to take on those who criticized his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé.

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Cubans welcome Beyonce and Jay-Z
April 9th, 2013
08:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Treasury says Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip was approved

(CNN) - Beyoncé and Jay-Z's recent controversial trip to Cuba was approved by the Treasury Department in advance of their travel, new documents show.

According to a letter obtained by CNN Tuesday, the Treasury Department wrote to two members of Congress who called for an investigation of the trip and explained the type of travel license obtained by the superstar couple.
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Filed under: Cuba • Treasury Department
Cubans welcome Beyonce and Jay-Z
April 8th, 2013
08:05 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP lawmakers continue to call out Beyoncé and Jay-Z for ‘shameful’ vacation

(CNN) – Beyoncé and Jay-Z are continuing to face heat from Republicans in Washington for their jaunt last week to Cuba, which remains off-limits for Americans looking only for a tropical vacation.

"How nice it would have been if they had said something about freedom and human rights,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CNN.
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Filed under: Cuba • Marco Rubio
April 6th, 2013
04:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Lawmakers ask why Beyoncé and Jay-Z went to Cuba

(CNN) – Two Republican lawmakers are asking a government agency to look into a recent trip to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suggesting the superstar couple violated restrictions on travel to the communist island.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, wrote in the letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
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Tough talk on Cuba from Paul Ryan
September 22nd, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Tough talk on Cuba from Paul Ryan

Miami (CNN) - During a visit to Little Havana with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized President Barack Obama for engaging in a "policy of appeasement" with Cuba and vowed that a Romney-Ryan administration would be tough on the Castro regime.

"We will not keep practicing this policy of appeasement; we will be tough on this brutal dictator. All it has done is it rewarded more despotism," Ryan said Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Cuba • Florida • Jeb Bush • Paul Ryan
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