US Lawmakers Visit Cuba
A day after the U.S. announced it was loosening restrictions on Cuban imports, two U.S. senators began a four-day trade mission to the island.
Democratic senators Claire McCaskill from Missouri and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota went to Cuba Saturday to explore the new opportunities opening up with Cuba.
The U.S. announced Friday it was allowing small private Cuban businesses to sell goods and services to the U.S., except for food and agricultural products, alcohol, tobacco products and some textiles.
McCaskill said she was interested in finding out what the farmers in Missouri can sell to Cubans.
Ukraine Claims Violation After Cease-Fire Takes Effect
A Ukrainian official has reported cease-fire violations in the early hours of Sunday, shortly after a truce went into effect to end intense fighting in the country's east between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.
The head of Ukraine's security service, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said Russian Cossacks appear to be responsible for mortar shelling in the Luhansk region. He said an investigation is under way.
Earlier, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to comply with a cease-fire that went into effect at midnight.
Under the terms of the European deal brokered in Minsk, Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels were to stop shooting. If that holds, both sides are to begin pulling back their heavy weaponry to form a wide buffer zone.