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  • HAVANA, July 23- Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.

  • Chinese leader signs accords, wraps up Cuba visit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    HAVANA— Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island. China is Cuba's No. 2 international trade partner after Venezuela. The Chinese president began his tour of Latin America last week in Brazil, and has also visited Argentina and Venezuela.

  • Chinese president backs Cuba's economic reforms Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    He previously visited Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina. "Both China and Cuba are at a key stage in their respective development," Xi said. " China is Cuba's second-largest trade partner after Venezuela.

  • PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.

  • Russia tries energy diplomacy close to US shores Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    A gas drilling operation in Cuba.

    Vladimir Putin swung through Latin America arranging energy deals—but that's not the only thing he hoped to achieve.

  • CVS to buy South Florida Hispanic pharmacy chain Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    MIAMI— CVS Caremark is set to buy a South Florida drugstore chain that has historically catered to Hispanic customers. CVS announced the agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy on Monday after stock markets had closed.

  • US selling $11 billion in arms to Qatar Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Pentagon is making an $11 billion sale of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense weapons to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, met Monday at the Pentagon to sign the deal.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."

  • HAVANA, July 7- Cuba has prosecuted and is likely to send Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian to prison after he denounced corruption in the Havana government's awarding of contracts, his company said on Monday. "Cy Tokmakjian spoke out against corruption as it was clear the company was losing contracts to others for unexplained reasons.

  • Cuba protests record U.S. fine of BNP Paribas Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HAVANA, July 3- Cuba on Thursday criticized as illegal the record U.S. fine against French bank BNP Paribas, saying President Barack Obama's administration has now imposed more Cuba- related penalties than that of any previous U.S. president. BNP Paribas this week pleaded guilty to two criminal charges that it violated U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Sudan and Iran.

  • Prosecutors are also seeking a total of $91 million in fines or forfeitures from three Canadians and 14 Cubans in a case that has been closely watched by potential investors wary of how Cuba treats foreign executives.

  • Arriola, 67, said a weeklong trip to the island last year had opened his eyes to what he now believes is a failed U.S. policy of trying to isolate Cuba. Tired of waiting for the end of communism in Cuba, more and more Cuban-Americans have concluded that it is time for the United States to allow more engagement with the island they left behind, polls show.

  • *U.S. can "go after" freed Taliban if they pose threat. WARSAW, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions about the circumstances of the soldier's capture did not negate the need to bring him home.

  • WARSAW, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions that have emerged about the circumstances of the soldier's capture did not negate the need to bring him home.

  • WASHINGTON, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.

  • HAVANA, May 27- The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised the growth of free enterprise in Cuba upon his arrival in Havana Tuesday at the start of a three-day visit that was criticized by a leading supporter of the U.S. embargo in Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Lawmakers in Congress headed toward a showdown over Pentagon spending on Thursday after the House and Senate advanced competing versions of the annual defense policy bill that differ on everything from spending priorities to closing Guantanamo.

  • U.S. House poised to reject Pentagon's cost-cutting plans Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 9:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 21- The House of Representative on Wednesday edged toward passage of an annual defense policy bill that rejects Pentagon plans to retire older weapons systems and slow the rise in military pay as it implements long-term spending cuts ordered by Congress.

  • HAVANA, May 9- In a land where the potato is scarce, black marketeers peddle tubers in hushed tones, like drug dealers on a big city street corner. Despite market-oriented reforms enacted by President Raul Castro, the communist-run country still encounters chronic shortages.