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  • Jan 17- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the Communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed on Saturday. The announcement came as Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy set off on the first congressional...

  • NY Gov Cuomo readies mission to Cuba: Report Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 3:31 PM ET
    A man pushes his tricycle taxi with a U.S flag on a street in Havana December 18, 2014.

    NY's Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a trade mission to the Caribbean island, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

  • HAVANA— The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels. Not just hand towels, but working air conditioning, breakfast waffles and the hundreds of other amenities that American tourists will demand when they flood to Cuba in numbers that travel experts expect to double this year, thanks to the loosening of travel...

  • A taxi bike near the Capitolium square in Havana, Cuba.

    Orbitz CEO Barney Harford said the company will be able to provide consumers trips to Cuba within a year.

  • Wanna see Havana? 6 tips for traveling to Cuba Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Tourists look at posters for sale in Havana, Cuba, on December 18, 2014.

    The U.S. government’s regulations for traveling to Cuba can be confusing. Here are six tips to decipher the new rules, Global Post reports.

  • Getting US the Cuba green light  Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    "We fully expect to travel to Cuba within the year," says Barney Harford, Orbitz Worldwide CEO, discussing what the new Cuba rules mean for U.S. travel to the destination.

  • Going to Cuba? Check these guidelines first  Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Relaxed guidelines from the U.S. to Cuba begin today, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • New Cuba rules no beach bonanza for US travelers Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:58 PM ET
    Havana, Cuba

    New U.S. rules allowing its citizens expanded travel into Cuba won't benefit its cold-war foe's beaches much as tourism remains specifically prohibited.

  • Cuba to print higher-denomination peso banknotes Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:22 PM ET

    HAVANA— Cuba will print bills of 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos that will start to circulate in February, a step forward in the government's plan to unify its dual-currency system. A Cuban Central Bank resolution published Thursday said the new banknotes will extend the range of the current bills, which only reach 100 pesos. Central Bank Vice President Francisco...

  • New Cuba rules: Cigars & travel  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:15 PM ET

    The U.S. is taking the first steps to ease its embargo against Cuba. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports $100 of Cuban cigars are now permitted directly from Cuba, among other rules on travel.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the country to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. The 54- year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place- only Congress can lift it. Congressional critics of Obama's shift say that Washington should not be...

  • US takes first step to ending Cuba trade embargo Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:32 AM ET
    A street scene in Havana, Cuba

    The US eased trade restrictions on Cuba, opening up the country to U.S. telecommunications, construction and financial services.

  • Q&A: US government eases Cuba travel restrictions Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don't pack your bathing suit and sunscreen just yet. Travel and hospitality companies are salivating at the chance to set up shop in Cuba. United Airlines became the latest travel company to publicly express plans to enter Cuba, saying Thursday it wants to fly there from Newark, New Jersey...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities. The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications,...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. takes first steps to ease Cuba embargo Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities. The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications, agricultural and...

  • Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Swiftly expanding trade ties with Cuba, the Obama administration opened the door to easier travel and a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island starting Friday, punching the biggest hole to date in America's half-century-old embargo. Less than a month after the Cold War foes agreed to end their enmity, the Commerce and...

  • Get your Cuban cigars tomorrow  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    The Treasury will implement changes tomorrow loosening the sanctions on Cuba, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that U.S. efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade presents American companies with "extraordinary opportunities" to boost business by selling everything from cars to computers. Chamber president and chief executive Thomas Donohue said President Barack Obama's...

  • US businesses eye new opportunities in Cuba Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 6:47 PM ET

    U.S. businesses are keen on doing business in Cuba. Yet, the main obstacle is the embargo, which only Congress can lift.

  • A man pushes his tricycle taxi with a U.S flag on a street in Havana December 18, 2014.

    China has increasing economic clout in Cuba, but better U.S. relations could change that——and more——for the island.