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  • Californians want rum-crazy Cuba to start drinking wine Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM ET

    HAVANA— The 3.5 million tourists who flooded Cuba last year downed oceans of mojitos, lakes of daiquiris and rivers of thin, sour beer. Thousands of private restaurants have cropped up around Cuba in recent years under economic reforms designed to soften the shock of cutbacks in the troubled state-controlled economy. Cava Exports, a two-year-old company...

  • PARIS, Feb 2- Cuba sought to drum up foreign investment on Tuesday as ministers on a state visit to Paris promised French business leaders that the Communist-run country is open for business. Cuba saw growth reach 4 percent last year as the centrally-planned economy gradually opens up and the country re-builds ties with the West. Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Cuba's...

  • PARIS, Feb 1- France agreed on Monday to convert half of Cuba's debt arrears to Paris into investment projects during a visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the French capital to forge closer ties. As relations between Washington and Havana warm, France has been eager to build closer financial and commercial ties with Cuba. France and other Paris Club...

  • France calls on US to lift economic embargo on Cuba Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 3:58 AM ET

    PARIS— France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island's president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris. "We appreciate France's traditional position in favor of the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo from the United States...

  • HAVANA— Cuba announced Sunday night that it is launching broadband Internet service in two Havana neighborhoods as a pilot project aimed at bringing home access to one of the world's least connected nations. Still, any fiber-optic home connections would be an important milestone in Cuba, where broadband home service is currently legal only for diplomats and...

  • PARIS— Raul Castro is coming to France for the first-ever state visit of a Cuban president to the land of wine and gastronomy, a trip that could boost French investments and promote stronger economic, cultural and tourist ties between Paris and Havana. France, to which Cuba owed $4 billion in overdue loans, led the creditors' negotiations. France hopes to see some...

  • PARIS, Jan 29- France is to sign a deal with Cuba next week to ease the Caribbean island nation's bilateral debt to Paris during a visit by the Cuban president to the French capital, a diplomatic source said on Friday. With ties between Washington and Havana warming, France is eager to further improve relations with Cuba starting with a visit by French President...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, Jan 26- The United States approved a wider range of commerce with Cuba on Tuesday, making it easier for U.S. companies to film movies, finance exports and do business with the Communist government on public infrastructure projects. Although most U.S. trade with Cuba remains banned under the economic embargo, President Barack Obama has been...

  • Andrew Selsky named AP's Salem, Oregon, correspondent Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 1:31 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Andrew Selsky, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Associated Press who has reported in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named AP's Salem correspondent. Selsky, 60, has directed AP's text coverage of 45 countries in Africa as the agency's first regional Africa editor, based in Johannesburg, since 2009..

  • HAVANA— The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday. The changes are President Barack Obama's third attempt to spur U.S.- Cuba commerce...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The United States on Tuesday announced changes to its sanctions on Cuba, lifting export payment and financing restrictions and facilitating airline travel in Washington's latest move to ease the U.S. embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The amendments, which take effect on Wednesday, "will remove restrictions on payment and financing...

  • HAVANA, Jan 26- Cuba's tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island. Cuba received a record 3.52 million visitors last year, up 17.4 percent from 2014. As it is, foreigners face extreme difficulties...

  • HAVANA, Jan 20- Cuba is backtracking on some key agricultural reforms and experimenting with restoring price controls in the face of public demands that the government tame rising food costs. In central Ciego de Avila province, the government will resume "the old strategy" of buying and transporting all crops once it receives more vehicles from the central...

  • Unilever returns to Cuba in joint venture with state Monday, 11 Jan 2016 | 6:38 PM ET

    HAVANA, Jan 11- Global consumer products company Unilever Plc will return to Cuba after a several-year absence, agreeing on Monday to build a $35 million soap and toothpaste factory in Cuba's special development zone at the port of Mariel west of Havana. At the time of the dispute, Cuba's Communist government preferred the state hold a majority stake in joint...

  • Germany agrees to open trade office in Cuba Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 12:21 PM ET

    HAVANA, Jan 7- Germany and Cuba on Thursday agreed to open a trade office in Havana that would help German businesses seeking to invest in the Communist-led island and possibly increase the current 225 million euros in annual bilateral trade. German business leaders have said German-Cuban trade could quadruple to 1 billion euros in the coming years as Cuba...

  • HAVANA, Jan 4- Virginia's port authority will become the first U.S. port operator to sign a cooperation agreement with its Cuban counterpart, in an effort to increase trade and establish direct service with Cuba, Virginia's governor said on Monday. "As Cuba and the United States normalize relationships, we'd like to see the Cuban companies establish Virginia as...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE at 1930 GMT/2:30 PM ET Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky: +1 646 223 6200. Third time's a charm for UPS at Christmas, but FedEx stumbles. CHICAGO- After two consecutive years of problems during its holiday peak package season, UPS delivered on time at Christmas this year, but its main rival, FedEx, stumbled at the last minute, leaving some gifts undelivered until after the holiday.

  • For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the delegation traveled to Guantanamo and appeared set to take the prisoner off U.S. hands, the officials said. The Pentagon again withheld Ba Odah's full medical...

  • Dec 18- U.S. airlines, set to resume scheduled service to Cuba for the first time in decades, will be allowed just 20 round-trip flights a day to Havana. The carrier and larger rivals such as American Airlines Group Inc are betting that the modest beginning in Cuba will let them gain traction in a market with potential far beyond the typical Caribbean vacation...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Dec 17- The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service for the first time in more than five decades in a deal allowing 110 round-trip flights a day between the former Cold War foes. The United States and Cuba have agreed to allow 110 round-trip flights on U.S. airlines to Cuba per day, according to Thomas...