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  • President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. Cuba is keen to have Washington's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 2- Less than three months after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed to restore diplomatic ties, Amazon.com Inc appears to be laying the groundwork to ship packages to Cuba. A "ship to Cuba" button was seen on Monday on Amazon's website by Reuters correspondents in Havana. It is unclear how quickly Amazon, the largest U.S. online retailer, could start...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. While critics, including some members of Congress, have called the end of U.S. attempts to isolate Cuba a gift to the authoritarian Cuban government, Obama said there are already signs it is prompting...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 28- A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba's first special economic development area, Mexico's foreign ministry said on Saturday. News of the investment follows December's agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties after more...

  • EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 27- Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday. EU officials suspect that Havana may not have felt ready for a third round last year because they were due to discuss...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to their highest since the start of the financial crisis. AXA shares rose nearly 5 percent to 22.48 euros in early trading, the highest level since Oct. 3, 2008, before pulling back to 21.925 at 1217 GMT.

  • MIAMI, Feb 23- Catamaran builder Brian Hall is too young to remember when ferries plied the route between Florida and Cuba in the 1950 s, but he has plans to be among the first to revive the once-popular route. Boosted by President Barack Obama's policy of seeking to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island after decades of U.S. isolation, Hall hopes to...

  • MIAMI/ HAVANA, Feb 20- Hugo Cancio believes he's the new face of American-style entrepreneurship in Cuba. U.S. cable networks, private equity funds and law firms ask for Cancio's take on the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba announced by President Obama in December. Antonio Zamora, a Miami lawyer aiming to do business in Cuba, said Cancio "is way...

  • HAVANA, Feb 17- The United States and Cuba will hold a second round of talks in Washington nest week aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, the State Department said on Tuesday, as U.S. Democratic senators visiting Havana said there may be enough support among Republicans to lift a trade embargo on Cuba. In particular, the United States wants to reopen the U.S....

  • In Cuba, U.S. senators see path for end to U.S. embargo Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    Democratic senators visiting Havana said on Tuesday that there could be enough Republicans who support lifting a trade embargo on Cuba to dismantle it in Congress. The United States and Cuba agreed on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic relations after more than five decades of hostility. Democratic senators Claire McCaskill, Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar...

  • However, the U.S. State Department said many goods were excluded from the liberalization, including tobacco, vegetables and some textiles, and it was unclear whether Cuba would relax its own rules to permit Cubans to export to the United States. The move is the latest step toward normalization after the United States and Cuba agreed on Dec. 17 to begin the process...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The United States on Friday dramatically eased restrictions on imports of goods and services from private Cuban entrepreneurs as part of Washington's rapprochement with Havana after more than half a century of enmity.

  • The A to Zs of being a tax cheat Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 2:07 PM ET
    A security guard stands in front of the HSBC offices in Geneva, Feb. 9, 2015.

    Rich people have been dodging taxes around the world for centuries. But these days it's getting harder to get away with it.

  • Venezuelan oil deal hits Caribbean hard Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 9, 2015.

    For struggling Caribbean nations dependent on energy subsidies from Venezuela, the crash in oil prices is not welcome news.

  • The world's 10 biggest energy gluttons Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET
    Doha, Qatar skyline at night

    A list of the countries that use the most energy on a per-person basis contained mostly small (and surprising) names.

  • Hotels rush to create 12/13/14 wedding packages Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    The last sequential calendar date in this century may be a lucky day for some couples.

  • US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:54 AM ET
    “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana, September 2009. The concert was a perfect opportunity to test the political power of their budding social network masterminded by the U.S. government.

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

  • Netflix sets sights on Europe for growth Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    Netflix is betting on international expansion to keep its numbers up. The next stop is Europe, but it could be more difficult than expected.

  • Tour pros hopeful U.S. may ease Cuba travel rules Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 4:12 PM ET
    Members of Metamovements Latin Dance perform at a panel featuring John McAuliff of the Fund for  Reconciliation and Development, Ray McGrath of the State Department and Yves Marceau of Road Scholar.

    About half a million Americans legally travel to Cuba every year, and tour professionals are hopeful that policies may change to allow more.

  • Travel trend: 'Get me somewhere warm now' Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 1:38 PM ET
    The beach bar at the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

    Winter travel is up, especially among people booking near-term trips to warm-weather destinations.