By Enrique Pretel SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference in its internal affairs in talks with the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling would make a diplomatic thawing between the two countries meaningless. Castro urged U.S. President Barack Obama to use executive powers to ease a decades-long embargo, saying the U.S. leader could extend measures to soften the embargo, like those announced for telecoms, to the rest of the Cuban economy. "If these problems are not resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement between Cuba and the United States would be meaningless," he said. The United States and Cuba held historic high-level talks in Havana last week that are expected to lead to the re-establishment of diplomatic ties severed by Washington in 1961.
The U.S. Air Force plans to announce on Wednesday that it has decided to use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft, two sources familiar with the decision said on Wednesday. The decision comes a month after Boeing said it would slow production of the 747-8 aircraft from 1.5 a month to 1.3 a month.