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President Barack Obama
Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Cuba to be removed from terror sponsors' list, announced President Obama

Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Raul Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.(Pic EFE)

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the US government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:55 UTC

Castro and Obama make history: 'we have agreed we can disagree with respect and civility'

Castro said Cuba was willing to discuss issues such as human rights and freedom of the press, maintaining that “everything can be on the table.”

President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together on Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in over a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

Obama praised the 'new beginning' in the bilateral relation with Cuba

The political “shift” represents as well an opportunity of more investments, more trade and cultural exchange for the Caribbean nation, said Obama.

United States President Barack Obama addressed American leaders in the meeting currently taking place in the City of Panama praising the diplomatic rapprochement between Washington and Cuba which he called “a new beginning” in the bilateral relation.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:46 UTC

Castro calls for a 'civilized relationship'; apologizes to Obama and condemns ten previous US presidents

“It’s about time I spoke in the Summit on behalf of Cuba,” Castro said, causing a loud cheer from state representatives inside the Atlapa Convention Center.

Cuban President Raul Castro was received with a standing ovation as he readied to address the VII Summit of the Americas, held in Panama City, in a historic presentation. The Caribbean leader stressed the importance of the rapprochement with the United States but questioned the US policy towards Venezuela.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Obama announces Brazilian president Rousseff visit to Washington on June 30

Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

US President Barack Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Argentina's message to UK and US: “utterly ridiculous considering any regional country a threat.”

“I will not appeal to sovereignty. I will appeal to common sense. It is absolutely ridiculous considering any of us (regional countries) a threat.”

Addressing the Americas summit in Panama, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez strongly criticized United States policies towards the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela, and expressed 'surprise' at the parallelism between the Caracas/Washington current dispute and the latest round of Falklands' exchanges between London and her government. President Barack Obama was not present during the Argentine leader's speech on Saturday.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at opening of the Americas summit in Panama

A US official described the Obama-Castro greeting as an “informal interaction,” adding that “there was not a substantive conversation between the two leaders.”

US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro on Friday shook hands and sat near each other at the historic Panama Summit of the Americas, a new milestone in efforts to shed decades of animosity. Obama and Castro greeted each other as UN chief Ban Ki-moon looked on, before taking their seats with other regional leaders at a Panama City convention center.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 05:38 UTC

Uruguayan president meets Obama; UNHCR will provide Guantanamo detainees with homes

Vazquez, Obama and Costa Rica's president Solis during the meeting with social activists and civil leaders

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, will provide homes to six former detainees of the US military prison in Guantanamo who have struggled to resettle in Uruguay, the country`s President said on Friday.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Obama and Rousseff look to improved relations with a visit to the White House

Rousseff had been scheduled to make a state visit in October 2013, but she cancelled angered by revelations that the NSA spied on her

The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Friday, March 20th 2015 - 08:23 UTC

Venezuela condemns US 'tyrannical” attempts in New York Times full page ad

“Never before in the history of our nations has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,” said Venezuela’s ad

Venezuela has placed a full page ad in The New York Times decrying what it charges are “tyrannical” attempts by the US government to undermine its socialist system. The ad declaring that “Venezuela is not a threat” comes amid mounting tensions between the two countries after President Nicolás Maduro this month accused Washington of plotting to oust him and ordered the US Embassy in Caracas to slash staffing levels.

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