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  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • Cuba publishes text of foreign investment law Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    HAVANA— Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria. Faul has been AP's chief Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg since 2005, traveling widely in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.

  • Jamaica grants license for natural gas project Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 PM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— A Hong Kong- based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid.

  • HAVANA, April 13- Cuba's slow, cautious reforms to revive its state-run economy suddenly burst into life at businesses like Karabali, a Havana nightclub owned by a 21- member cooperative.

  • *France looking to expand business ties to Latin America. HAVANA, April 12- France's foreign minister met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during the first visit to the island by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • French minister in Cuba as Europe seeks opening Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    HAVANA— A French foreign minister visited Cuba for the first time in more than 30 years Saturday, traveling to the communist-run nation at a time when it is seeking to attract more foreign investment and improve ties with the European Union.

  • HAVANA, April 12- France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 31 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

  • KINGSTON, April 11- Cuba is protesting the decision by PriceSmart Inc, a major U.S.-based bulk-shopping warehouse, to suspend memberships of shoppers from the communist country at its Jamaica subsidiary, Cuban officials said on Friday.

  • Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not? Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.

  • UPDATE 3-China eases M&A rules for insurers Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, April 8- China's decision to partially relax mergers and acquisition rules in the insurance industry could see global insurance firms expand their footprint in the $288 billion market.

  • 'Cuban Twitter' _overtly political, poking Castros Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Draft messages produced for a Twitter- like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

  • Study: US travelers to Cuba continues to rise Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 from England, Germany or France, according to a report by the U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group provided to The Associated Press.

  • Alexandra Villoch named publisher of Miami Herald Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    MIAMI— Alexandra Villoch is the new president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, which publishes the Miami Herald and the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald newspapers. Villoch replaces David Landsberg, who resigned to become president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of South Florida.

  • US secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:54 AM ET
    “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana, September 2009. The concert was a perfect opportunity to test the political power of their budding social network masterminded by the U.S. government.

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.

  • *Freeport targtting 2014 copper sales worth $5.7 bln. JAKARTA, March 28- Indonesia has approved big increases in 2014 copper sales for local units of copper miners Freeport McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc and Newmont Mining Corp, as it pushes for the two firms to resume exports quickly.

  • LONDON, March 28- Copper rose on Friday, climbing to its highest in 2-1/ 2 weeks, as speculation gathered pace that China could step-in to stimulate its economy and lift demand for industrial metals.

  • SYDNEY, March 28- London copper edged higher on Friday, moving further away from more than three-year lows hit earlier this month, as hopes for stimulus in top metals user China put it on target for its biggest weekly rise in six months.

  • LONDON, March 21- The future of two big loans for oil trading firm Gunvor and petrochemicals group Sibur were thrown into doubt after Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko appeared on the US sanctions list over Russia's involvement in Crimea and Ukraine.

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