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.» Read More
*U.S. official in Cuba for migration talks. State Department official in Cuba for migration talks praised on Friday the tone of current relations between the United States and Cuba, and visited jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross during a three-day trip to the Communist-run island to demonstrate Washington's concern over his plight.
HAVANA, Jan 8- Thousands of Cuban state taxi drivers will soon be leasing their vehicles and working on their own as part of a reorganization of the country's taxi service aimed at improving efficiency, according to rules published on Wednesday. Cuba nationalized all retail business in 1968, down to the shoe-shine shops, and fixed all prices.
WASHINGTON, Jan 3- The Pentagon said on Friday it had cut by about a third the list of places where U.S. troops get 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. As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas, "the Pentagon said in a statement.
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.
President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform.
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.
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.
The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to threaten the United States formed Thursday and was on a path for the Gulf Coast.
Real estate agents on the island of Cuba have had to work in the shadows, fearing arrest. Until now.
Cigar Aficionado magazine recently highlighted Miami's cigar industry describing the city as a "a new hot spot for creative cigarmakers."
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.
Though Cuba is allowing a small private sector to operate, Ted Henken of Baruch College discusses whether the nation is really open to change.