Cuban President Raul Castro sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying Cuba has agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States and open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective countries on July 20. The letter was delivered by the chief of the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington to a State Department official, Cuba said. At the same time the Cuban government issued a statement saying the United States should end its economic embargo of Cuba, halt radio and television broadcasts beamed into the country and stop "subversive" programs inside Cuba.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities, a major step in restoring ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. The latest developments (all times local):
France wants the euro zone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday's referendum, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, in comments that differed sharply from those of German leaders. "(A deal) must be found before the referendum, it wouldn't have much sense afterwards," Hollande said. "It is our duty to keep Greece in the euro zone.