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  • WARSAW, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions that have emerged about the circumstances of the soldier's capture did not negate the need to bring him home.

  • WASHINGTON, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.

  • HAVANA, May 27- The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised the growth of free enterprise in Cuba upon his arrival in Havana Tuesday at the start of a three-day visit that was criticized by a leading supporter of the U.S. embargo in Washington.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Lawmakers in Congress headed toward a showdown over Pentagon spending on Thursday after the House and Senate advanced competing versions of the annual defense policy bill that differ on everything from spending priorities to closing Guantanamo.

  • U.S. House poised to reject Pentagon's cost-cutting plans Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 9:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 21- The House of Representative on Wednesday edged toward passage of an annual defense policy bill that rejects Pentagon plans to retire older weapons systems and slow the rise in military pay as it implements long-term spending cuts ordered by Congress.

  • HAVANA, May 9- In a land where the potato is scarce, black marketeers peddle tubers in hushed tones, like drug dealers on a big city street corner. Despite market-oriented reforms enacted by President Raul Castro, the communist-run country still encounters chronic shortages.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.