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  • WASHINGTON— The State Department on Monday took Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. Thailand, downgraded with Malaysia last year because of pervasive labor abuses in its...

  • July 27- Puerto Rico may sport palm trees, pristine beaches and glorious weather but its tourism industry is losing out to rival Caribbean islands- and that is holding the U.S. territory back at a time when its deeply troubled economy most needs a fillip. Rick Newman, who owns and operates the Verdanza Hotel in the popular beachside tourist strip of Isla Verde, says...

  • Will the US embargo on Cuba be lifted? Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 8:37 PM ET
    Will the US embargo on Cuba be lifted?

    Michael Shifter, president of 'Inter-American Dialogue', explains why it is unrealistic to think that full normalization of ties between the U.S. and Cuba will be achieved in the short term.

  • Does Cuba owe you money? Get in line Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it reopened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a Communist revolution.

    Outstanding claims for property seized in Cuba in the early 1960s are estimated to stand at $7 billion to $8 billion.

  • Four ways to invest in Cuba now Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    A man holds a Cuban and an American flag outside the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. as the two countries restore diplomatic relations after five decades.

    As Cuba opens its embassy in Washington DC, it’s also putting out the welcome mat to American businesses, like it or not, says author Kabir Sehgal.

  • US claims against Cuba Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 1:22 PM ET
    US claims against Cuba

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is joined by Jason Poblete, Claims Atty. Sanctions specialist, to discuss diplomacy and debts associated with the United States and Cuba restoring relations.

  • A historic shift in Cuba, US relations Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
    A historic shift in Cuba, US relations

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports moments before the Cuban flag is set to be raised above the embassy in Washington D.C. as the United States and Cuba restore full diplomatic relations.

  • Cuban flag raised in DC Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
    Cuban flag raised in DC

    The Cuban flag is raised in Washington D.C. for the first time in fifty years as the United States and Cuba restore full diplomatic relations.

  • Open for business? Cuba comes in from the cold Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:16 AM ET
    A man holds a Cuban and an American flag outside the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. as the two countries restore diplomatic relations after five decades.

    As the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. reopens after a 54-year gap, analysts said that Cuba's easing relations with the U.S. could provide "limited" commercial benefit.

  • Cuban embassy opens in Washington Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 7:34 AM ET
    Cuban embassy opens in Washington

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the return of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • US-Cuba embassies open today Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    US-Cuba embassies open today

    The U.S. and Cuba reopen embassies after 54 years.

  • US, Cuba restore diplomatic ties after 5 decades Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:38 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry (R) welcomes Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parilla (L) to his office at the State Department in Washington July 20, 2015.

    More than five decades of Cold War and lingering enmity have come to an end with the United States and Cuba restoring full diplomatic relations.

  • Cuba: High potential for telecoms, tourism Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:20 AM ET
    Cuba: High potential for telecoms, tourism

    Michael Henderson, principal Latin America analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, discusses what sectors will benefit from the U.S. and Cuba restoring diplomatic ties.

  • Progress with Cuba nearly 'irreversible': Analyst Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 AM ET
    Progress with Cuba nearly 'irreversible': Analyst

    Stuart Culverhouse, global head of research at Exotix, says the progress in Cuban-U.S. relations is almost irreversible, despite some opposition.

  • WASHINGTON— Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.- Cuba relations. Kerry said he would visit Cuba on Aug. 14 to preside over a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Despite the historic events, there remain issues that continue to vex the...

  • Revolution for Cuban economy? Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Revolution for Cuban economy?

    Diego Moya-Ocampos, Latin America Analyst at IHS, discusses Cuba's future as its relationship with the U.S. improves.

  • HAVANA, July 9- European officials and businesses are visiting Cuba in unprecedented numbers, attracted by its market-oriented reforms and hastened to act by Havana's improved relations with the United States. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was also scheduled to lead a delegation of 100 businesses to Cuba, but that trip was postponed due...

  • MIAMI, July 7- Carnival Corp has won U.S. approval to operate culturally-themed cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there in May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. The United States and Cuba have been working for months to improve relations after more than five...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks closed higher after a choppy trading session as investors eyed developments in Greece and the start of earnings season.

  • Stocks swing as Greece simmers, oil regroups Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks pared earlier losses late Tuesday, with the S&P 500 reaching session highs after falling below its 200-day moving average.