Beyoncé and Jay-Z cause uproar by visiting Cuba

Two Republican members of Congress request information to determine if the couple had US government permission to travel

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Beyonce and Jay-Z have caused uproar in the US by apparently visiting Cuba on holiday.

The music power couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on the Caribbean island last week, where hundreds greeted them and shook their hands as they walked through the streets of the capital Havana.

The US has a 51-year embargo making it illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism, however, travelers can visit the country by obtaining a cultural exchange licence. This has prompted two Republican members of Congress to request information about the couple's visit to determine if the US government gave them permission to travel, reports BBC News.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both members of Congress from Florida, wrote in a statement: "Cuba's tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, US dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people."

Meanwhile, Beyonce has debuted a new track, titled 'Grown Woman', in an advert for Pepsi - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

The commercial for the fizzy drinks company sees the singer come face to face with various former incarnations of herself, including the iconic looks she sported for previous singles such as 'Crazy In Love' and 'Single Ladies'. A representative for Beyoncé has confirmed to Billboard that although 'Grown Woman' will not be released as her new single, it will feature on her forthcoming new album.

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