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  • HAVANA, April 29- Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Friday praised Cuban President Raul Castro for embracing the realities of the modern world after a meeting with the Communist leader that marked a further step in Cuba's thaw with the West. Cuba still has one of the world's lowest Internet penetrations with access expensive and restricted.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico, clearing the way for the first woman to hold what is considered to be one of the country's most important diplomatic posts. Roberta Jacobson was confirmed by voice vote nine months after her nomination. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., had been blocking her...

  • HAVANA, April 22- Cuba said on Friday it would lift a ban on Cuban-born citizens entering and leaving the Caribbean island by commercial vessels, opening the way for U.S. cruise operator Carnival Corp to set sail for the country from Miami next week. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Cuba and to our team who worked so hard to help make this happen, "Carnival...

  • MIAMI— Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the Cuban government and the Miami- based cruise line announced Friday. The company at first barred Cuban-born Americans from buying tickets for the planned May 1 cruise to comply with...

  • HAVANA, April 22- Cuba said on Friday it would lift a ban on Cubans and Cuban-Americans entering and leaving the Caribbean island by commercial vessels, opening the way for cruise operator Carnival Corp to set sail for the country next week. Carnival received approval from the United States last year to sail to Cuba, and the green light from Havana a day after U.S.

  • HAVANA— The Cuban government has announced that it is cutting prices of some basic foods by 20 percent in state-run stores. The reductions taking effect Friday address widespread complaints that state employees earning about $25 a month cannot afford many staples, including rice and cooking oil. Staples like rice and beans available in Cuban pesos, worth 4...

  • A tourist drinks a cup of coffee in the terrace of a rental house in Havana, on July 10, 2015. Arrived in Cuba favoured by the closeness to the United States, Airbnb undergoes a glowing success among the Cuban private entrepreneurs.

    If you're an entrepreneur who wants to do business in Cuba, there may be more opportunity to get started now than you think.

  • LUV beats Street, 'out to fabulous start': CEO

    We are virtually outperforming every other competitor, says Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines CEO, breaking down the company's quarterly results.

  • MIAMI— Two Cuban-American men are asking a Miami federal judge to guarantee that they and other Cuban exiles will not suffer discrimination on upcoming Carnival Corp. cruises to Cuba. Previously, Carnival had said it was barring Cuban-born people from buying tickets for the Cuba cruises scheduled to begin May 1 because the Havana government prohibits Cuban...

  • PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 18- Touring a city ravaged by the earthquake that killed at least 413 people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday said rebuilding would cost billions of dollars and may inflict a "huge" toll on the fragile OPEC nation's economy. Seeing the devastation first hand, a visibly moved and grim-faced Correa warned that...

  • Carnival cruise

    The cruise company said that if Cuban-Americans were not allowed by the Cuban government to join the cruise, it would be delayed.

  • Carnival threatens to postpone Cuba cruise

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Carnival Corporation's Cuba bookings.

  • Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in a written statement that the cruise line is continuing negotiations with Cuba aimed at resolving the issue prior to a scheduled May 1 cruise by its Fathom brand from Miami to Cuba— the first such sail in more than 50 years that is part of the ongoing thaw in U.S.- Cuba relations. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez— who was born...

  • ARTEMISA, Cuba, April 14- In Cuban farm country- between sugar cane, vegetable patches and overgrown fallow land a world away from Havana's tourist-filled streets- producers are seething at what they say is the government's backsliding on promised market reforms to make their lives better. "It is still agony to farm," said 36- year-old Martin, whose attempts to grow...

  • John Collison, co-founder and president of Stripe, at the iCONIC conference in Seattle on April 5, 2016

    Commerce tech company Stripe's new product is making the online economy more accessible for entrepreneurs in other countries.

  • Tilman Fertitta, Billion Dollar Buyer

    Billionaire investor Tilman Fertitta dishes on whether he'd join the gold rush to Cuba.

  • Carnival CEO: Honored to be first to Cuba

    Arnold Donald, CEO & President of Carnival Corporation, talks with CNBC's Simon Hobbs about the company's earnings beat, being the first U.S. cruises to Cuba, and its virtual reality partnership with Samsung and AT&T.

  • *Q1 adj shr 39 cents vs est. of 32 cents. March 30- Carnival Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher ticket prices and lower fuel costs, and said there had been no dramatic impact on tourist behavior following the Brussels attacks last week. On Wednesday, the company revised its full-year profit forecast to $3.20- $3.40 per share from...

  • BOGOTA, March 30- Colombia will announce formal peace talks with its second-largest rebel group, a government source told Reuters on Wednesday, moving the nation a step closer to ending a five-decade conflict with leftist guerillas. "The exploratory phase of the talks have finished and they have agreed to begin formal negotiations," the source from Colombia's...

  • HAVANA, March 23- Colombian peace negotiators missed Wednesday's deadline for a final accord but will continue talks in Havana to end Latin America's longest war, a government official said. The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had set a self-imposed March 23...