USA and Cuba mend ties after decades of hostility

THE United States and Cuba have made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off.

The two nations are moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo.

President Barack Obama says the US is ready to review trade ties and re-open its embassy in communist Cuba that’s been closed since 1961.


The breakthrough came after Havana released jailed US contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who spied for Washington and had been held for 20 years.

The US in turn released three Cuban spies, and Obama said he’d instructed the US State Department to re-examine its designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.