US Removes Cuba From Terror List

The United States has officially removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. President Obama announced a historic thaw with Cuba in December, but the US trade embargo against the country remains, and may only be ended by Congress. The State Department said that President Obama notified the US Congress of his intent to remove Cuba from the list on 14 April. Lawmakers had 45 days to take issue with his decision - a period that lapsed on Friday.