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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 3- The Pentagon said on Friday it had cut by about a third the list of places where U.S. troops would receive imminent danger pay, dropping locations like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in a move expected to reduce costs by about $100 million a year.

  • At the state-run Peugeot dealership in Havana on Friday morning, where prices ranged from $91,000 for a 2013 model 206 to $262,000 for a 508, people walked away shaking their heads in disgust. I am going to die before I can buy a new car, " Roberto Gonzales, a state driver, said, walking back to his 1950 s Plymouth.

  • HONOLULU, Dec 26- President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a compromise budget that reduces the risk of another government shutdown and a defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and smooths the path for transferring detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  • 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.

  • *U.S. House passes bill for $633 bln in defense spending. NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, rebounding after a three-day decline on Wall Street, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorizing $633 billion in spending for 2014, strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and easing some transfers from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- The U.S. House of Representatives approved the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorizing $633 billion in spending for 2014, strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and easing some transfers from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees agreed on a slimmed-down defense authorization bill and want a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year, committee leaders said on Monday.

  • BOGOTA, Nov 27- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday the government will continue paying a direct subsidy to coffee growers while prices remain low, a measure the world's top washed arabica producer introduced due to sliding prices.

  • HAVANA, Nov 2- Cuba closed dozens of home-based movie theaters on Saturday and reaffirmed its plans to end the private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for "order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business sector.

  • 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.

  • Miami's Cuban cigar rollers making $700 boxes Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | 11:32 AM ET
    A cigar roller works in the Little Havana area of Miami.

    Cigar Aficionado magazine recently highlighted Miami's cigar industry describing the city as a "a new hot spot for creative cigarmakers."

  • Cuba's '1 percent': It's not who you think it is Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Artists struggle to make a living in most parts of the world. But in Cuba they are part of the wealthy elite, thanks to an odd exception to the U.S. embargo.

  • Cuba on the verge of change?     Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 7:44 PM ET

    Though Cuba is allowing a small private sector to operate, Ted Henken of Baruch College discusses whether the nation is really open to change.

  • Want to invest in Cuba? Be patient for a while Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Havana, Cuba

    Spend five minutes in Cuba, and it is obvious the country needs investment, but a large chunk of money will have to come from overseas—if the Cuban government allows it.

  • Rare Access to Cuba's Central Bank     Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is one of the few business journalists that has been invited to Cuba for the first time in decades. Caruso-Cabrera discusses her experience at Cuba's central bank at a press conference with the Vice President there.

  • Snowden stakeout: Waiting in Havana—to no avail Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 3:45 PM ET

    Dozens of journalists camped out at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport to find out if NSA whistle-blower Snowden was a passenger on Aeroflot Flight 150.

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