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  • It is seen as a potential distribution center for the Caribbean and Central and South America and is at the heart of a special development zone designed to attract foreign investment in Cuba. The United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic relations after five decades of hostilities, though full trade and travel will take longer as President Barack Obama...

  • HAVANA— Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the...

  • 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 Cuba Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:21 PM ET
    A woman lights a hand rolled cigar in Havana, Cuba.

    New rules allow U.S. travelers to bring back $100 worth of rum and cigars from Cuba. So how far does $100 bucks go in Havana?

  • 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.