President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.» Read More
The legislation _ a fallback plan to a measure stalled in the Senate _ does not include a contentious proposal from Sen. That plan drew strong opposition from the Pentagon as well as several men and women in the Senate. The House plans to adjourn by week's end and the Senate is scheduled to leave town Dec. 20.
WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees agreed on a slimmed-down defense authorization bill and want a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year, committee leaders said on Monday.
LOS ANGELES-- Ladies will continue to drive the feature lineup at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as Robert Redford's independent-cinema fair celebrates its 30th anniversary next month in Park City, Utah.
BOGOTA, Nov 27- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday the government will continue paying a direct subsidy to coffee growers while prices remain low, a measure the world's top washed arabica producer introduced due to sliding prices.
HAVANA, Nov 2- Cuba closed dozens of home-based movie theaters on Saturday and reaffirmed its plans to end the private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for "order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business sector.
President Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen to run the world's most influential central bank, providing some relief to markets that will expect her to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus. Members of Congress see signs of hope in fiscal impasse.
HAVANA, Oct 9- Cuba has authorized its state-run tourism industry to contract out lodgings, meals, excursions and other activities to private businesses in a boost to a growing "non-state" sector.
HAVANA, Oct 9- Cuba has authorized its state-run tourism industry to contract out lodgings, meals, excursions and other activities to private businesses in a boost to a growing "non-state" sector. Tourism is the country's largest industry, attracting 2.8 million visitors in 2012 with revenues approaching $3 billion.
*Cuba charges some sanctions strengthened. HAVANA, Oct 7- For the 22nd consecutive year, Cuba will ask the United Nations to condemn the United States economic embargo against the island, a top Cuban official announced on Monday, accusing Washington of tightening sanctions in place for more than half a century.
The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to threaten the United States formed Thursday and was on a path for the Gulf Coast.
BOGOTA, Sept 19- As a young business student at the University of Kansas, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos spent many a late night playing low-stakes poker and then invested his early winnings in shares of a pizza company.
GENEVA, Sept 13- Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organisation challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said on Friday.
BOGOTA, Sept 7- Colombia's farm leaders agreed on Saturday to end a three-week protest that had turned violent, caused food shortages and put pressure on President Juan Manuel Santos just a few months before he must decide whether to seek a second term in office.
*Chaos in Caracas during one of nation's worst outages. CARACAS, Sept 5- One of the worst power outages in Venezuelan history has given a jolt to President Nicolas Maduro's government and revived opposition accusations that its socialist policies and incompetence are wrecking the country.
BOGOTA, Sept 4- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' public approval rating has plunged to its lowest level since he took office in 2010, a poll released on Wednesday showed, due to a farmers' strike marred by violence and scant progress in peace talks with Marxist rebels.
MADRID/ LONDON, Aug 28- By getting arrested in his native Spain rather than his former London workplace, ex- JPMorgan Chase trader Javier Martin-Artajo has gained time in his struggle to avoid being extradited to New York over a $6.2 billion trading scandal.
HAVANA, Aug 26- More than 20 state restaurants in Cuba are about to become employee-run cooperatives as Raul Castro's communist government continues its retreat from running just about everything on the Caribbean island.
The U.S. government was pushing for the maximum penalty for the intelligence analyst's leaking of information that included battlefield reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Denise Lind on Tuesday found U.S. soldier Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy- the most serious charge he faced for handling over documents to WikiLeaks.
FORT MEADE, Md., July 30- A military judge is due to announce her verdict on Tuesday in the case of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who faces life in prison without parole if found guilty of aiding the enemy in releasing 700,000 classified documents, including battlefield reports, to the website WikiLeaks.