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  • HAVANA— Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. I'm nowhere near the first Westerner, American or journalist to visit...

  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...

  • Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met some of Cuba's dissidents on Friday to emphasize the importance the United States places on human right in talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties. The meeting ruffled Cuba, which has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by meddling in its internal affairs.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who led the American delegation, said re-establishing diplomatic...

  • Here's what $100 gets you in Cuban rum and cigars  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    New rules allow U.S. travelers to bring back $100 worth of rum and cigars from Cuba. CNBC's Eamon Javers sought to find out how much that could really buy.

  • What's $100 worth of Cohiba Cuban cigars?  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    The U.S. and Cuba are holding talks to restore diplomatic ties. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on the progress behind closed doors as well as how many cigars or rum you can bring back to the U.S. for just $100.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they would work to restore diplomatic...

  • Rum, cigars & Cuba  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports new rules say U.S. travelers can bring back $100 worth of tobacco or alcohol, and a total of $400 of goods in total.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other's countries. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months. The United States also...

  • Cuba: Dawn of a new era  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:21 AM ET
    A street scene in Havana, Cuba

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker discusses restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba launch talks on Thursday on restoring diplomatic relations after a contentious session on immigration accentuated the difficulties in overcoming half a century of hostilities. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months.

  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:18 AM ET

    HAVANA— The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship. "Cuba has never responded to pressure," Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, responded.

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations.

  • US & Cuba talk, Cuban media yawns  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    The United States and Cuba hope to restore diplomatic relations this week, including reopening the U.S. embassy in Cuba, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win...

  • Historic day in Cuba  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    A delegation from the U.S. will begin historic talks with Cuban officials today, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • US and Cuba begin talks on restoring ties Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:42 AM ET
    A street scene in Havana, Cuba

    The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years begins talks aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and eventually normalizing relations.

  • The message appeared designed to lower expectations a day before the arrival of the highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades and just before President Barack Obama made his case in the State of the Union Address for seizing the opening with Cuba by ending the U.S. trade embargo of the island. Alan Gross, whose release from Cuba in a prisoner exchange last...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST. The White House has signaled repeatedly that tax reform would be a potential area of compromise with the Republican-controlled Congress. He will also push for Trade Promotion Authority to speed trade deals...

  • Jan 17- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the Communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed on Saturday. The announcement came as Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy set off on the first congressional...