Preparations are in the final stages for the visit of U.S. Major League Baseball to Cuba next week. Among the fans at the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba's national team will be Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro.
Cuba's government will come under pressure to be transparent about the circumstances of last week's plane crash. However, transparency is by no means certain, the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.
The highest court in the United States struck down a federal law barring gambling on sports in most states. More than 30 states are expected to offer sports betting within five years.
Analysts say little will change as Miguel Diaz-Canel takes over the presidency in Cuba. The country's economy is in desperate need of reform and US-Cuba relations are on the rocks after a brief honeymoon.
The Cuban revolution "will carry on," Cuba's new president Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez said after succeeding Raul Castro at the post. Castro is set to mentor Diaz-Canel and remain the leader of the Communist Party.
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