Singer Beyonce and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter traveled to Cuba “pursuant to an educational exchange trip” organized by an authorized company, the U.S. Treasury Department said in response to inquiries from Florida lawmakers.
Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, on her first visit to the U.S., said the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will help fuel economic changes beyond the government’s control on the Caribbean island.
Allies of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez paid their final respects to the firebrand socialist leader at a state funeral that marked the emotional high point of a week of tributes preceding a snap election to choose his successor.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s acting president hours after eulogizing his mentor Hugo Chavez in a fiery and tearful state funeral that drew leaders and celebrity activists from around the world.
Cuban architect Felix Borges, who last left the Caribbean island in 1989 to visit Angola, is among a wave of prospective tourists seeking to go abroad as President Raul Castro begins easing travel rules on the communist island.