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  • HAVANA, Oct 3- Dinners at fancy restaurants, week-long family vacations and a flat-screen TV: the bribes that Cuba accused Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian of giving Cuban officials were modest by corruption standards in many developing nations. His company, the privately held Concord, Ontario- based Tokmakjian Group, says prosecutors failed to prove any of...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 29- A little-known Canadian federal agency helped put in place a total of $418 million worth of Cuban deals for a firm headed by Cy Tokmakjian, the businessman jailed for corruption in Havana last week. The total value of CCC's Cuban contracts with the Tokmakjian Group between 1992 and 2011 was C $418 million, said corporation spokeswoman Lina Seto.

  • TORONTO/ HAVANA, Sept 29- Cuba offered to free jailed Canadian executive Cy Tokmakjian in return for $55 million and company assets, his company said on Monday, but the deal fell through because the firm didn't have the money and the businessman wanted to clear his name.

  • 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.

  • Red Bull settles with US on Cuba sanctions case Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    The Treasury Department said energy drinks firm Red Bull settled a potential civil liability suit for alleged violations of US sanctions against Cuba.

  • US fails to build social media site in Cuba Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:23 AM ET
    A Cuban man uses his mobile phone in a car in Havana.

    The White House said it has attempted, and failed, to build a social media site in Cuba, but held that it was meant for discussion, not a coup.

  • US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:54 AM ET
    “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana, September 2009. The concert was a perfect opportunity to test the political power of their budding social network masterminded by the U.S. government.

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

  • Tread carefully in Cuba's 'open' economy: Experts Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 2:46 PM ET
    In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, small fishing boats float anchored on the opposite shore of a port under construction in the Bay of Mariel, Cuba. Authorities have high hopes that Mariel could become a strategic economic center.

    Cuba will open itself more to international investment and allow the existence of wholly owned foreign firms, but some experts doubt the benefits.

  • Cuban govt. interested in US investment   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 2:28 PM ET
    Cuban govt. interested in US invesment

    New Cuban law will allow foreign investors to 100 percent of a business there. Thomas Herzfeld of Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, provides guidelines for U.S. investors.

  • Cuba new law expected to be approved   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 2:26 PM ET
    Cuba new law expected to be approved

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera outlines new Cuban law, including foreign investors can own 100 percent of a business there, and a promise of no expropriations.

  • Will new Cuba law be a game changer? Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    Foreigners looking to invest in Cuba should keep in mind the country still lacks rule of law and protection of property rights, one attorney warns.

  • Cuba's new business rules   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 6:43 AM ET
    Cuba's new business rules

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at Cuba's new foreign investment law which will allow the existence of foreign-owned businesses.

  • Cuba to allow wholly owned foreign companies: NBC   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 1:51 PM ET
    Cuba to allow wholly owned foreign companies: NBC

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the new Cuban investment law.

  • This country is Venezuela's biggest loser Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    Opposition activists protest near the Cuban Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 16, 2014.

    As Venezuela's economic woes deepen and violent clashes increase, Cuba's economy is walking on a tight rope.

  • Tour pros hopeful U.S. may ease Cuba travel rules Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 4:12 PM ET
    Members of Metamovements Latin Dance perform at a panel featuring John McAuliff of the Fund for  Reconciliation and Development, Ray McGrath of the State Department and Yves Marceau of Road Scholar.

    About half a million Americans legally travel to Cuba every year, and tour professionals are hopeful that policies may change to allow more.

  • Castro warns entrepreneurs against going too far Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 | 3:34 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform.

  • The No. 1 cigar of 2013 is ...   Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 10:55 AM ET
    The #1 cigar of 2013 is...

    Gordon Mott, executive editor of Cigar Aficionado, showcases this year's top three cigars and explains why this is the "golden age" of cigars.

  • RBS to pay $100 million in US sanctions probe Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 2:23 PM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $100 million to resolve U.S. probes into whether the bank violated U.S. sanctions laws against Iran, Sudan, Burma and Cuba.

  • Tropical Storm Karen churns toward Gulf Coast Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 12:28 PM ET
    The projected path of Tropical Storm Karen.

    The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to threaten the United States formed Thursday and was on a path for the Gulf Coast.

  • Now legal in Cuba: Real estate agents Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 10:34 AM ET
    Havana, Cuba

    Real estate agents on the island of Cuba have had to work in the shadows, fearing arrest. Until now.