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  • President Obama: US will end outdated approach toward Cuba

    President Obama addresses the relationship between Cuba and the United States, and outlines the eased policies with Cuba.

  • White House fact sheet on change in Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards...

  • Visa, MasterCard & Cuba   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    Visa, MasterCard & Cuba

    Gil Luria Wedbush Securities, discusses the potential boost credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard may get from card usage in the Cuban region.

  • Cuba no plan for democracy & free markets: Expert   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:42 AM ET
    Cuba no plan for democracy & free markets: Expert

    Jose Azel, University of Miami research associate, weighs in on the Obama administration's move to ease relations with Cuba and potentially lift its embargo.

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, Dec 17- President Barack Obama was set to announce that the United States and Cuba are moving to normalize diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed, the biggest U.S. policy shift in decades of hostile ties with the island. Previewing his announcement, U.S. officials said the United States and Cuba would move to open...

  • Why Cuba wants embargo lifted   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:04 AM ET
    Why Cuba wants embargo lifted

    Senator Marco Rubio, (R-Fla), explains why he is still for the embargo in Cuba. "Cuba is not just a dictatorship, it is a serial human rights violating government," Rubio says.

  • US to open embassy in Havana: Report   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:02 AM ET
    US to open embassy in Havana: Report

    President Obama has decided to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Sen. Rubio: US ensuring permanence of Castro's regime   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:02 AM ET
    Sen. Rubio: US ensuring permanence of Castro's regime

    "Cuba has done nothing to advance democracy," says Senator Marco Rubio, (R-Fla), discussing President Obama's negotiations with Cuba and plans to ease policy.

  • Business with Cuba's 'deadbeat' dictatorship makes no sense: Expert

    Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Roger Noriega, discusses Cuba's political regime and President Obama's decision to participate in discussions with the Republic.

  • Inside Cuba: Photos from Havana Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    The US government is opening up to Cuba. Here are pictures of life in Havana, and what changes the country has been undergoing.

  • How do you invest in Cuba?   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:26 AM ET
    How do you invest in Cuba?

    CNBC's Bob Pisani looks at what stocks are moving on news of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • President Barack Obama was set to announce a shift in policy toward Cuba on Wednesday and the Associated Press reported the changes would include the opening of an embassy in Cuba and the start of talks to normalize relations. The shift in policy, which could be one of the biggest changes in decades of animosity between communist-ruled Cuba and the United...

  • US debit & credit cards allowed in Cuba: Report   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:44 AM ET
    US debit & credit cards allowed in Cuba: Report

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has the latest details in the thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • Cuba iconic cruise destination: CEO   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Cuba iconic cruise destination: CEO

    Edie Bornstein, Crystal Cruises CEO, discusses how the cruise industry could benefit by improved relations with Cuba.

  • Keys to eliminate Cuba embargo   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Keys to eliminate Cuba embargo

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera explains what Cuba will have to do for the U.S. to eliminate its embargo.

  • Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:03 AM ET
    Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

    American Alan Gross who spent 5 years in a Cuban prison has been released. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera explains how this impacts the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:58 AM ET
    Cuba releases American Alan Gross

    According to an Obama official, American Alan Gross has been released after spending five years in a Cuban prison, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown as Congress attempts to wrap up a two-year legislative session marked by bitter partisanship and few major accomplishments. Passage of the 1,603- page bill was a long, tough struggle in the Senate and the House of Representatives...

  • EU-Cuba talks delayed by dispute over cultural event Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    BRUSSELS/ HAVANA, Dec 9- Cuba has delayed negotiations towards an accord with the European Union aimed at opening up the Communist-ruled island, citing a dispute over an EU cultural event in Washington, people close to the matter said on Tuesday. The third round of talks, due to take place on Jan. 8-9 in Havana, was scheduled to discuss human rights, always a sensitive...

  • Why Venezuela is so desperate, in 5 easy charts Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    A technician takes a sample of crude oil from a well operated by Venezuela's state-owned oil company in Morichal, Venezuela.

    Despite its oil revenues, Venezuela's economic and fiscal situations are in free fall. Learn why here.