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By the A.M.
U.S. President Barack
Obama's administration announced Friday the
easing of restrictions on Cuba in an attempt
to create more economic opportunities
between the two countries.
The administration approved
a package of regulatory changes that is
intended to expand scientific, humanitarian,
trade and commercial opportunities between
the U.S. and Cuba.
President Obama said "very
real differences" on democracy and human
rights still exist between the two countries
but the best way to address the differences
is through engagement.
The administration's plan
is intended to promote joint medical
research between the two countries, the sale
of Cuban pharmaceuticals in the U.S. and
banking opportunities for Americans in Cuba.
initiatives involving scholarships for
scientific research and improving Cuba's
infrastructure will also be expanded.
"These steps have the
potential to accelerate constructive change
and unlock greater economic opportunity for
Cubans and Americans," Treasury Secretary
Jacob Lew said in a statement.
The changes, which will
take effect on October 17, are another step
in President Obama's plan to normalize
relations with Cuba.
Oct. 14, 2016
Matthew takes aim on Cuba
the A.M. Cuba
Heavy rains from the
outer bands of Hurricane Matthew pelted
Jamaica and Haiti Monday, flooding streets
and sending many people to emergency
shelters as the Category 4 storm with 220
kilometer-per-hour winds moved through the
Two deaths were reported in
Haiti, bringing the total attributed to
Matthew to at least four.
The U.S. National Hurricane
Center in Miami said the center of the storm
would pass just east of Jamaica Monday night
and approach Haiti's southwestern tip before
heading for eastern Cuba Tuesday.
Hundreds of people had to
be airlifted out of the U.S. Naval Base at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ahead of the storm.
The U.S. Navy says people
staying at the base and military detention
center on the eastern end of Cuba are being
told to take shelter, and a mandatory
evacuation of non-essential personnel was
put into effect.
Scores of prisoners are
still held at the detention center and about
5,500 people live on the base.
The United States Agency
for International Development issued a
statement saying officials are prepared to
"assist governments and communities in the
region." The agency has deployed two
disaster response teams to Haiti and
"These disaster experts are
actively monitoring the storm's track in
real time and communicating with officials
in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic,
Bahamas, and Belize to coordinate relief
efforts, if requested," the statement said.
Matthew is the strongest
hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean and
Caribbean Sea since Felix in 2007.
The Cuban government has
declared a state of emergency in the island
nation's five eastern provinces.
Oct. 3, 2016
Report critical of Cuba's press
the A.M. Cuba
more space for
In a special
under a cloak
of fear due to
journalists in Cuba still need
to be careful what they write.
access to the
Among the CPJ
Allow the creation of press
cooperatives or privately owned media so
that journalists are not forced to
operate in legal limbo.
Foster an environment that
encourages the state press to operate
independently and report critically.
End the practice of summonses,
brief detentions and harassment of
Make internet access more
affordable and extend connectivity to
the internet without restrictions.
Implement constitutional and legal
reforms to ensure full respect for
freedom of expression and to allow
journalists to work freely without fear
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