Preident Obama has asked for $47.8 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, a six percent decrease from 2012 levels, because of the lower requests for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross asked the U.S. government to sign a non-belligerency pact with Cuba in an effort to obtain his release from a military hospital there.
The results of a biopsy released by the Cuban government raises hopes that Jewish American contractor Alan Gross does not have cancer, his lawyer said, but his family still wants his own physician to examine him.
Cuba has poured cold water on hopes that Alan Gross will be released from a Cuban prison cell anytime soon.
The Cuban government announced Alan Gross would not be freed, dashing hopes of a breakthrough for the Jewish American contractor jailed for three years.
Cuban officials plan to make a statement this morning about the fate of Alan Gross, a Jewish contractor held in a Cuban jail for almost three years.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: Talks to win Alan Gross’s release could lead to relaxing America’s failed policies toward Cuba, which somehow survived the end of the Cold War.
Cuba has proposed talks with the United States about resolving the case of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, but has received no response, indicating a lack of interest by Washington, a top Cuban diplomat said on Monday.
Cuba said on Wednesday that jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross is in “normal” health, despite his wife’s claims to the contrary, as it reiterated its willingness to talk with the U.S. government about resolving the case.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: Alan Gross’ case is a vivid example of failed U.S. policy. We should engage Cuba, instead of perpetuating a bankrupt blockade that leaves Gross in jail.