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  • Anti-Cuban embargo movement picks up steam in US Monday, 4 May 2015 | 3:16 PM ET

    HAVANA— Big businesses and politicians from both sides of the ideological spectrum are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations. Gross was held on espionage charges in Havana for five years before being released in December amid moves...

  • HAVANA— An official Cuban newspaper reports that Fidel Castro joined his brother, President Raul Castro, for a rare appearance to meet with Japan's foreign minister. Kishido arrived in Cuba on Friday with a delegation of business leaders. Fidel Castro handed power to his younger brother in 2006 after suffering from poor health.

  • White House slams GOP defense budget Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House is vigorously pushing back against provisions in a proposed $604 billion Republican defense budget plan that contradict President Barack Obama's national security priorities on issues ranging from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to changes in weapons systems. The White House took the unusual step Tuesday of...

  • WASHINGTON— The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet. Adam Smith, D- Wash., the ranking...


  • HAVANA, April 20- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama's easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since a December announcement by Obama and Cuban...

  • MIAMI, April 16- Boost Mobile, part of Sprint Corp, on Thursday launched a prepaid plan for U.S. consumers calling and texting Cuba, taking advantage of new, relaxed U.S. commercial regulations with the Communist-run island nation. The Obama administration's new Cuban policy regulations approved by the Treasury and Commerce departments have opened the door for...

  • Another step: Cuba coming off terrorism list   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Another step: Cuba coming off terrorism list

    The process of removing Cuba from the terrorism list has begun, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • NBA tests waters in Cuba, but not everyone's happy Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 PM ET
    Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls wearing a Los Bulls uniform, March 1, 2015, in Chicago.

    The NBA is going to the island nation for a youth basketball camp, but political undertones may force the league to tread lightly.

  • Making peace with Cuba   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:57 AM ET
    Making peace with Cuba

    William Daley, White House chief of staff, shares his thoughts on the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations.

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Cuba and the United States just made history. At a time of multiple risks to his foreign policy record- from Iran's nuclear program and the war in Syria to Russian involvement in Ukraine and the violence of Islamic State- getting on well with Cuba looks relatively easy. "I think there is a strong majority both in the United States and in Cuba that...

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.- Cuba. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.' s Cuba move. The leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington, discussing the process of resuming formal diplomatic relations and opening embassies, the White House said.

  • Obama and Castro in Panama   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 1:17 PM ET
    Obama and Castro in Panama

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on Obama's arrival in Panama where he will discuss diplomatic relations with Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of Cuba.

  • KINGSTON, April 9- President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a major clean energy partnership at a Caribbean summit where he sought to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at a time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout appears to be receding. The review is being studied by the White House, and a green light for Havana's removal would open the door to...

  • Citigroup evaluating a return to Cuba Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    A Citibank branch in New York.

    The CEO of Citigroup Latin America, Francisco Aristeguieta, said the company was interested in restarting operations in Cuba.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- The U.S. State Department could recommend within a few days that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a major move toward rapprochement ahead of a hemispheric summit this week. President Barack Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic breakthrough with...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- The U.S. State Department is expected to recommend within a day or two that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, CNN reported on Tuesday. Obama has vowed to act quickly once he receives a State Department recommendation on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries.

  • Dodgers CEO on TV shutout: 'It's a difficult blow' Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 4:54 PM ET
    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson runs to second base during a game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sept. 21, 2014.

    Time Warner Cable hasn't come to terms to carry the SportsNet LA channel. So Dodgers fans can't watch.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc now offers properties in Cuba, the company said on Thursday, as it looks to capitalize on an expected travel boom resulting from the normalizing of relations between the United States and the Communist-run nation. But pure beach and resort tourism remains illegal for Americans in Cuba under a...