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  • CUBAN FOREIGN MINISTER IS TOP OFFICIAL TO GREET OBAMA ON GROUND AT HAVANA AIRPORT.

  • President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday on a historic visit, opening a new chapter in U.S. engagement with the island's Communist government after decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes. The three-day trip, the first by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President...

  • HAVANA, March 20- President Barack Obama embarked on Sunday on a historic trip to Cuba where a Communist government that vilified the United States for decades prepared a red-carpet welcome. Lifting off from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, Obama headed for Havana where the sight of Air Force One, America's iconic presidential jet, touching down on...

  • HAVANA, March 19- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide on Saturday became the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with Cuba since the 1959 revolution, announcing a multimillion-dollar investment a day before U.S. Such deals would normally be prohibited under the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba, but Starwood received special permission from the U.S. Treasury...

  • HAVANA, March 19- The Rolling Stones were meant to play a rock' n' roll show in Havana on Sunday but were delayed five days because of the inconvenient arrival of another foreign visitor: U.S. Obama lands on Sunday for a 48- hour visit 15 months after he reversed more than half a century of U.S. policy on Cuba and started normalizing relations with the former Cold War...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 18- Silicon Valley payments company Stripe is bringing its services to Cuba to help entrepreneurs there start new businesses, an action that brings U.S. tech services to Cubans as relations between the two countries thaw. Stripe, a startup valued at $5 billion that gives websites and apps an easier way to process payments, said on Friday it...

  • *Cuba to remove tax on tourist dollars, with caveats. *Government, Obama supporters in Cuba call for embargo end. HAVANA, March 17- Cuba made a rare gesture of reciprocity to the United States on Thursday, three days before a historic visit by U.S.

  • HAVANA, March 17- Cuba made a rare gesture of reciprocity to the United States on Thursday, three days before a historic visit by U.S. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Cuba would remove a 10 percent tax on cash dollars in response to Washington's decision this week to relax stiff currency restrictions- but only after testing the new freedom to trade in...

  • CUBA TO BROADCAST OBAMA'S SPEECH ON NATIONAL TELEVISION DURING HIS VISIT TO HAVANA.

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, March 15- The United States unveiled sweeping new measures on Tuesday to make it far easier for Americans to visit Cuba and for the island's Communist government to conduct long-restricted international trade, as President Barack Obama prepared for a historic trip to Havana next week. Rolling out some of the biggest changes since Obama...

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- Barack Obama's historic visit to Havana next week may be the closest he comes to a Nixon-goes-to- China moment, but he also has another more practical goal: to make his opening to Cuba irreversible for the next U.S. president. The Obama administration hopes that getting more U.S. companies invested in Cuba and loosening up travel to the island...

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- The easing of regulations on travel to Cuba by Americans could add pressure on the Cuban government to implement economic reforms, the White House said on Tuesday. The new measures unveiled earlier on Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury Department ahead of an historic visit by President Barack Obama to Havana next week also ease limits on the use of...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, March 15- The United States unveiled new measures on Tuesday to make it far easier for Americans to visit Cuba and eased limits on the use of U.S dollars in trade there as President Barack Obama prepared to make a historic trip to Havana next week. Rolling out some of the most significant changes since Obama announced his opening to Cuba in...

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- Barack Obama's historic visit to Havana next week may be the closest he comes to a Nixon-goes-to- China moment, but he also has another more practical goal: to make his opening to Cuba irreversible for the next U.S. president. The Obama administration hopes that getting more U.S. companies invested in Cuba and loosening up travel to the island...

  • March 14- U.S. airlines hoping to get a few of the limited number of flights to Cuba filed regulatory papers on Monday in response to rivals' applications laying out their best arguments for consumer travel to the Caribbean island. The United States and Cuba signed an agreement a month ago restoring commercial air service between the former Cold War foes for the...

  • NEW DELHI, March 13- Cuba has not yet made a request for membership of the International Monetary Fund, the fund's chief said on Sunday, adding such a request would be considered in accordance with its rules. Christine Lagarde's comments came just days after the European Union and Cuba signed an agreement in Havana to establish normal relations, bringing the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- At least three major U.S. companies, AT&T Inc, Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc and Marriott International Inc, are seeking to complete deals in Cuba as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Havana, a person familiar with the discussions said on Friday. It will be the first visit to Cuba by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years.

  • WASHINGTON, March 7- President Barack Obama will be accompanied on his historic visit to Cuba this month by up to 20 members of Congress, and is also considering further measures to ease travel and trade restrictions around the time of the visit, U.S. sources said on Monday. The White House is also weighing possible revisions and clarifications of how the dollar...

  • President Barack Obama will be accompanied on his historic visit to Cuba this month by up to 20 members of the Senate and House of Representatives, U.S. congressional sources said on Monday. The White House said on Feb. 18 that Obama would visit Havana March 21 and 22 in another step toward ending decades of animosity between the former Cold War foes.

  • The arrangement, in the works after the Cold War foes said they would normalize ties in Dec. 2014, allows 20 round-trip flights per day from the United States to Havana and 10 round-trip flights per day to nine other airports in Cuba. American Airlines Group Inc, which has the widest Latin America network of its peers, asked for 10 daily flights to Havana from its...