US further eases Cuba restrictions ahead of Obama visit

The United States has further eased travel and trade restrictions with CubaThe United States further eased travel and trade restrictions with Cuba Tuesday, just days before a historic visit to the communist-ruled island by President Barack Obama. The US Treasury said the rule changes will make it easier for Americans to travel to the island for “educational” purposes, for US banks to provide more services in the Caribbean country, and US businesses to work more freely there. The various steps were mostly minor and technical but add up to the continuing erosion of Congress-mandated restrictions on interactions with Cuba and Cubans as the Obama administration seeks to end the decades-old embargo on the country.

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