Cuba on Wednesday accused former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson of "blackmail" and denied the government had invited him here to negotiate the release of an American contractor sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, landed in Havana on Monday for a private visit aimed at reducing tension between the Cold War enemies and seeing first-hand the economic reforms sweeping the communist island.
American aid worker Alan Gross will face trial in Cuba on March 4, according to the U.S. Interest Section in Havana, in a case that is seen as one of the major obstacles to improving relations between the long-estranged countries.
An American citizen jailed in Havana over a year ago has been charged with "acts against the independence and integrity" of Cuba and could face up to 20 years in prison, Cuban state media reported Friday.
A top U.S. diplomat spoke with the Cuban foreign minister at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, a U.S. official said Monday, marking one of the highest-level diplomatic exchanges between the two countries in years.