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  • HAVANA— Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the...

  • HAVANA— Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. I'm nowhere near the first Westerner, American or journalist to visit...

  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...

  • Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met some of Cuba's dissidents on Friday to emphasize the importance the United States places on human right in talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties. The meeting ruffled Cuba, which has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by meddling in its internal affairs.

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who led the American delegation, said re-establishing diplomatic...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they would work to restore diplomatic...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other's countries. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months. The United States also...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba launch talks on Thursday on restoring diplomatic relations after a contentious session on immigration accentuated the difficulties in overcoming half a century of hostilities. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months.

  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:18 AM ET

    HAVANA— The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship. "Cuba has never responded to pressure," Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, responded.

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations.

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win...

  • Dominican Republic issues a record $2.5 billion in bonds Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic— The Dominican Republic has issued $2.5 billion in bonds, the largest amount in the country's history. Some $1 billion in bonds were issued at 5.5 percent interest while $1.5 billion in bonds were issued at 6.85 percent interest. The Dominican Republic issued $2.25 billion in bonds last year to help reduce a large deficit.

  • The message appeared designed to lower expectations a day before the arrival of the highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades and just before President Barack Obama made his case in the State of the Union Address for seizing the opening with Cuba by ending the U.S. trade embargo of the island. Alan Gross, whose release from Cuba in a prisoner exchange last...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST. The White House has signaled repeatedly that tax reform would be a potential area of compromise with the Republican-controlled Congress. He will also push for Trade Promotion Authority to speed trade deals...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...