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  • HAVANA, July 8- Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp is scouting for business opportunities in Cuba including infrastructure projects at its Mariel special development zone, a top executive said on Friday. Cuba launched the zone, centered around a new container terminal, two-and-a-half years ago in a bid to become a shipment hub and spur new industrial...

  • HAVANA, July 8- President Raul Castro told Cubans on Friday to brace for tough times because the Communist-run country must cut spending and energy supply as it deals with a cash crunch and reduced oil imports from ally Venezuela. Cuban economic growth slowed to 1 percent in the first half of this year from 4.7 percent in the same period of 2015, Castro told the...

  • HAVANA, July 8- Cuban economic growth slowed sharply to 1 percent in the first half of this year, because of lower exports and restrictions in fuel supply, Economy Minister Marino Murillo said on Friday, according to Cuban news agency Prensa Latina. While no statistics are available, revenue from the sale of professional services to oil-producing nations such as...

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, July 8- Venezuela's falling crude output and financial woes have left it struggling to maintain a 15- year-old oil assistance program to its closest ally, Cuba. The shift signals an unraveling of the oil diplomacy pioneered by Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez and helps explain why Cuba, which generates electricity from fuels,...

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, July 8- Venezuela's falling crude output and financial woes have left it struggling to maintain a 15- year-old oil assistance program to its closest ally, Cuba. The shift signals an unraveling of the oil diplomacy pioneered by Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez and helps explain why Cuba, which generates electricity from fuels,...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 7- The United States has tentatively approved flights on eight U.S. airlines to Havana as early as this autumn, with American Airlines Group Inc receiving the largest share of the limited routes, the Transportation Department said on Thursday. The decision, about a year after the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 7- The United States has tentatively approved flights on eight U.S. airlines to Havana as early as this fall, with American Airlines Group Inc receiving the largest share of the limited routes, the U.S. Transportation Department said Thursday. The decision, coming about a year after the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 7- The United States has tentatively approved flights on eight U.S. airlines to Havana as early as this fall, with American Airlines Group Inc receiving the largest share of the limited routes, the U.S. Transportation Department said Thursday. The decision, coming about a year after the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 7- The United States has tentatively approved flights on eight U.S. airlines to Havana as early as this fall, with American Airlines Group Inc receiving the largest share of the limited routes, the U.S. Transportation Department said Thursday. The decision, coming about a year after the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic...

  • WASHINGTON, July 7- The Obama administration on Thursday proposed eight airlines including United Continental Holdings Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O> and JetBlue Airlines Corp to start nonstop flights from the United States to Havana, Cuba, as early as this fall, administration officials said. They include Atlanta, Charlotte, Fort...

  • WASHINGTON, July 7- The Obama administration on Thursday proposed eight airlines including United Continental Holdings Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O> and JetBlue Airlines Corp to start nonstop flights from the United States to Havana, Cuba as early as this fall, administration officials said. "Today we take another important step...

  • July 5- Wall Street opened lower as investors sought shelter in safe-haven assets amid a drop in oil prices and global growth worries. U.S. government bond yields were at an all-time low as weak data from China added fuel to the uncertainty stemming from Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Data from China showed that the country's services sector...

  • July 5- Wall Street was set to open lower for the first time in five days as investors sought shelter in safe-haven assets amid a drop in oil prices and global growth worries. U.S. government bond yields were at an all-time low as weak data from China added fuel to the uncertainty stemming from Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Data from China showed that...

  • HAVANA, June 27- A large "Four Points by Sheraton" sign has gone up outside the Havana hotel that this week becomes the first in Cuba to operate under a U.S. brand since the 1959 revolution. The military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel, close to the Caribbean seafront, is one of two hotels that Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide agreed to manage in a...

  • HAVANA, June 27- A large "Four Points by Sheraton" sign has gone up outside the Havana hotel that this week becomes the first in Cuba to operate under a U.S. brand since the 1959 revolution. The military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel, close to the Caribbean seafront, is one of two hotels that Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide agreed to manage in a...

  • HAVANA, June 27- A large "Four Points by Sheraton" sign has gone up outside the Havana hotel that this week becomes the first in Cuba to operate under a U.S. brand since the 1959 revolution. The military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel, close to the Caribbean seafront, is one of two hotels that Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide agreed to manage in a...

  • HAVANA, June 27- MasterCards from Florida- based Stonegate Bank are the first U.S.-issued credit cards that can be used to withdraw cash at automatic teller machines in Cuba, the first vice president of the country's central bank said on Monday. Irma Margarita Martinez, speaking to media on the sidelines of a financial services conference, said Cuba was open to...

  • BOGOTA, June 25- Colombia will offer tax incentives to companies that get involved in infrastructure and social service projects in areas left underdeveloped or scarred by the country's 50- year armed conflict, a government official said. The government and leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels, signed a landmark ceasefire...

  • BOGOTA/ HAVANA, June 22- Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The accord will be signed on Thursday in Havana by President Juan Manuel Santos and...

  • BOGOTA/ HAVANA, June 22- Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had reached agreement on a definitive ceasefire that would end hostilities in the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The accord will be signed on Thursday in Havana by President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,...