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  • Senator Robert Menendez will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges, two Senate aides said on Wednesday. Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Benjamin Cardin are the next most senior Democrats on the influential panel. The New Jersey lawmaker...

  • Things that will happen if Venezuela implodes Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    A bank note with the face of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the word "devaluated" at a market in Caracas.

    Venezuela is on the brink, and the country's debtholders, trade partners and neighbors are bracing for the fallout.

  • WASHINGTON/ MIAMI, March 23- The December breakthrough that upended a half-century of U.S.- Cuba enmity has been portrayed as the fruit of 18 months of secret diplomacy. President Barack Obama and veteran Cuba specialists to forge the historic rapprochement. In a May 2008 speech to the conservative Cuban-American National Foundation in Miami, Obama set out a...

  • Why energy investors are looking at the Caribbean Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 3:48 PM ET
    Tourists look at posters for sale in Havana, Cuba, on December 18, 2014.

    Declining oil prices, the U.S. energy revolution and changing relations with Cuba have created new opportunities for energy investment in the Caribbean.

  • MELBOURNE, March 19- London copper rose more than 1 percent on Thursday, after dropping to a one-month low in the previous session, as the dollar sagged on indications of a later start to U.S. interest rate hikes. "It's all about the U.S. dollar and it's pretty short-term," said analyst Joel Crane at Morgan Stanley in Melbourne. London Metal Exchange copper rose 1.3...

  • *Prices for new homes in China fell at record pace in Feb. LONDON, March 18- Copper hit a three-week low on Wednesday on poor prospects in top consumer China and ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting expected to lay the groundwork for an increase to U.S. interest rates. In China there was more evidence of economic weakness after prices for new homes fell at the fastest...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- The U.S. House of Representatives is moving toward a vote in mid-May on the annual half-billion-dollar defense policy bill, U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said on Monday. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress strongly back providing such aid to the Kiev government and members have...

  • One way to (possibly) make money in Cuba Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 1:23 PM ET
    A privately owned party supply store in Havana, Cuba.

    The founder of an investment firm is raising money for a private equity fund geared toward direct investment in Cuba.

  • CARACAS, March 10- President Nicolas Maduro was seeking special decree powers from Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday in response to new U.S. sanctions, drawing opposition protests of a power-grab. Opposition leaders slammed Maduro, saying he was using the worst flare-up with Washington of his nearly two-year rule to justify autocratic governance,...

  • CARACAS, March 10- President Nicolas Maduro was seeking special decree powers from Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday in response to new U.S. sanctions, drawing opposition protests of a power-grab. Opposition leaders slammed Maduro, saying he was using the worst flare-up with Washington of his nearly two-year rule to justify autocratic governance,...

  • HAVANA, March 6- The chief of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations met Cuban finance officials on Friday in what he believed was an unprecedented official visit to Havana to discuss the Communist-led country's debt. After previous negotiations had stalled in 2000, Cuba and the Paris Club have moved swiftly in the past year toward negotiations over a...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. In an interview with Reuters, Obama also cautioned that it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture. Cuba is keen to have Washington's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 2- Less than three months after U.S. and Cuban officials agreed to restore diplomatic ties, Amazon.com Inc appears to be laying the groundwork to ship packages to Cuba. A "ship to Cuba" button was seen on Monday on Amazon's website by Reuters correspondents in Havana. It is unclear how quickly Amazon, the largest U.S. online retailer, could start...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that he hopes the United States will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. While critics, including some members of Congress, have called the end of U.S. attempts to isolate Cuba a gift to the authoritarian Cuban government, Obama said there are already signs it is prompting...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 28- A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba's first special economic development area, Mexico's foreign ministry said on Saturday. News of the investment follows December's agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties after more...

  • EU and Cuba to restart talks after cultural dispute Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 27- Cuba and the European Union will hold a third round of talks in Havana next week aimed at increasing trade, investment and political dialogue after overcoming a dispute that delayed the negotiations, an EU official said on Friday. EU officials suspect that Havana may not have felt ready for a third round last year because they were due to discuss...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to their highest since the start of the financial crisis. AXA shares rose nearly 5 percent to 22.48 euros in early trading, the highest level since Oct. 3, 2008, before pulling back to 21.925 at 1217 GMT.

  • MIAMI, Feb 23- Catamaran builder Brian Hall is too young to remember when ferries plied the route between Florida and Cuba in the 1950 s, but he has plans to be among the first to revive the once-popular route. Boosted by President Barack Obama's policy of seeking to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island after decades of U.S. isolation, Hall hopes to...

  • MIAMI/ HAVANA, Feb 20- Hugo Cancio believes he's the new face of American-style entrepreneurship in Cuba. U.S. cable networks, private equity funds and law firms ask for Cancio's take on the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba announced by President Obama in December. Antonio Zamora, a Miami lawyer aiming to do business in Cuba, said Cancio "is way...

  • HAVANA, Feb 17- The United States and Cuba will hold a second round of talks in Washington nest week aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, the State Department said on Tuesday, as U.S. Democratic senators visiting Havana said there may be enough support among Republicans to lift a trade embargo on Cuba. In particular, the United States wants to reopen the U.S....