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*Freeport set to strike deal. JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia has offered mining companies a tax concession to end a six-month dispute that has reduced mineral exports by half a billion dollars a month, pushed up the global price of some metals and led to thousands of layoffs.
HAVANA, July 23- Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on Wednesday with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle against Spain and Fidel Castro's revolution began.
HAVANA— Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island. China is Cuba's No. 2 international trade partner after Venezuela. The Chinese president began his tour of Latin America last week in Brazil, and has also visited Argentina and Venezuela.
He previously visited Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina. "Both China and Cuba are at a key stage in their respective development," Xi said. " China is Cuba's second-largest trade partner after Venezuela.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— The broad avenues in the Haitian government's promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass.
KINGSTON, Jamaica— A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country's environment minister said Sunday night. In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops.
PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba— Aruba's finance minister says the Dutch Caribbean island will not bow to pressure from the Netherlands to impose austerity measures to revive the local economy. Juan David Yrausquin told The Associated Press on Saturday that officials already have cut costs and downsized the government.
MIAMI— CVS Caremark is set to buy a South Florida drugstore chain that has historically catered to Hispanic customers. CVS announced the agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy on Monday after stock markets had closed.
WASHINGTON— The Pentagon is making an $11 billion sale of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense weapons to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, met Monday at the Pentagon to sign the deal.
CATTARAUGUS RESERVATION, New York— The Seneca Indian Nation is strengthening its roots to the land with a new commitment to use only indigenous plants and trees in public landscaping.
HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.
HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."
A price list hanging on the green chain-link fence hints at why: $85,000 for a 6- year-old Peugeot compact; $46,000 for a tiny 2008 Citroen C3 hatchback that would cost less than a third of that in Europe.
HAVANA, July 7- Cuba has prosecuted and is likely to send Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian to prison after he denounced corruption in the Havana government's awarding of contracts, his company said on Monday. "Cy Tokmakjian spoke out against corruption as it was clear the company was losing contracts to others for unexplained reasons.
HAVANA, July 3- Cuba on Thursday criticized as illegal the record U.S. fine against French bank BNP Paribas, saying President Barack Obama's administration has now imposed more Cuba- related penalties than that of any previous U.S. president. BNP Paribas this week pleaded guilty to two criminal charges that it violated U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Sudan and Iran.
Prosecutors are also seeking a total of $91 million in fines or forfeitures from three Canadians and 14 Cubans in a case that has been closely watched by potential investors wary of how Cuba treats foreign executives.
Arriola, 67, said a weeklong trip to the island last year had opened his eyes to what he now believes is a failed U.S. policy of trying to isolate Cuba. Tired of waiting for the end of communism in Cuba, more and more Cuban-Americans have concluded that it is time for the United States to allow more engagement with the island they left behind, polls show.
*U.S. can "go after" freed Taliban if they pose threat. 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 about the circumstances of the soldier's capture did not negate the need to bring him home.
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.