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  • EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008..

  • U.S. policy change on Cuba stalled - by Obama Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    MIAMI/ HAVANA, Feb 6- U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but President Barack Obama seems unwilling or unable to confront a well-organized anti- Cuba lobby and push for further progress.

  • Jan 31- Gold and copper producer Newmont Mining Corp might curtail operations in Indonesia unless its dispute with the government over a new export tax is resolved in the next couple months, Chief Executive Gary Goldberg said on Friday.

  • *EU tries to position itself for future transition in Cuba. BRUSSELS/ MADRID, Jan 30- The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

  • *EU tries to position itself for future transition in Cuba. BRUSSELS/ MADRID, Jan 30- The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

  • *Obama poised to bypass Congress on some policy initiatives. WASHINGTON, Jan 28- President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America's middle class in a State of the Union address that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year.

  • PRISON IN GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA- SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS.

  • HAVANA, Jan 28- Cuban President Raul Castro challenged Latin American and Caribbean leaders to improve healthcare and education, telling a regional summit on Tuesday they have the natural resources to eradicate poverty but may lack the political will.

  • Jan 27- Southwest Airlines Co said on Monday it will start flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica in July, its first flights outside the continental United States under the Southwest brand.

  • Cuba opens new port built with Brazilian aid Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    MARIEL, Cuba, Jan 27- Cuba on Monday inaugurated a $957 million port billed as the most modern in Latin America and crucial to the economic future of the communist-ruled island in a project financed by Brazil and equipped for ships passing through an expanded Panama Canal.

  • Jan 27- Southwest Airlines Co said on Monday it will start flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica in July, its the first international flights under the Southwest brand.

  • HAVANA, Jan 27- Latin American and Caribbean leaders converge on Cuba this week to discuss trade, peace and human rights in a further sign of regional eagerness to challenge the dominance of the United States. Among those arrested was Jose Ferrer, leader of the Santiago de Cuba- based Patriotic Union of Cuba, one of the most active opposition groups.

  • *Freeport could face $5 bln in extra taxes over next 3 yrs- Reuters calculation. Freeport and fellow miner Newmont Mining, which together account for virtually all copper mining in Indonesia and are exempt from export taxes under current contracts, are expected to meet finance ministry officials on Friday.

  • New copper tax clouds Freeport's outlook in Indonesia Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 11:36 PM ET

    *Freeport could face $5 bln in extra taxes over next 3 yrs-Reuters calculation. Freeport and fellow miner Newmont Mining, which together account for virtually all copper mining in Indonesia and are exempt from export taxes under their current contracts, are expected to meet with finance ministry officials later on Friday.

  • PARIS, Jan 16- France can revive its competitiveness and growth if it quickly presses ahead with reforms proposed by President Francois Hollande, its central bank governor said on Thursday.

  • *Freeport will minimise operational costs with layoffs- union.

  • *Freeport halts copper exports to await clarity on rules. JAKARTA, Jan 13- Indonesia's mining sector was left in turmoil on Monday after the government pushed through a controversial ban on exporting unprocessed mineral exports.

  • *Indonesia says will use export tax to encourage processing. JAKARTA, Jan 13- Global nickel prices and mining shares rallied a day after Indonesia banned unprocessed mineral exports, though policy softening on some ores should allow leading U.S. miners such as Freeport McMoRan Copper& Gold to keep exporting copper.

  • *Indonesia says will use export tax to encourage processing. JAKARTA, Jan 13- Global nickel prices and mining shares rallied a day after Indonesia banned unprocessed mineral exports, as the Southeast Asian nation pledged to introduce a progressive export tax to encourage domestic smelting for a range of ores.

  • *Nickel price, Australian miners rise on Indonesia export halt. SYDNEY, Jan 13- Global nickel prices and shares in Australian miners rallied on Monday after a ban on unprocessed mineral exports by top supplier Indonesia came into effect, a policy that could trigger a recovery in long-depressed nickel prices.

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