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  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Travel trend: 'Get me somewhere warm now' Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 1:38 PM ET
    The beach bar at the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

    Winter travel is up, especially among people booking near-term trips to warm-weather destinations.

  • Emerging entrepreneurial hot spots Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 6:39 AM ET
    Iman Fadaei, Kevin Ackermann and Marten Wetterberg of Aha Design

    Entrepreneurial activity is bubbling up around the globe—from Africa to South America—as more governments look for avenues of economic growth.

  • Toyota exporting 'Made in the USA' vehicles     Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | 8:07 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, discuss its plan to export Corollas built in Mississippi to Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Punch-Up in Parliament; Venezuelan Lawmakers Hurt Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 2:48 AM ET

    Fistfights broke out in Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday during an angry session linked to the South American nation's bitter election dispute.

  • Austria Defies Pressure to End Bank Secrecy Saturday, 13 Apr 2013 | 1:20 PM ET

    "We will fight for bank secrecy. We are no tax haven," Austria's finance minister said after a group led by Europe's six biggest countries pledged to work together to tackle tax havens.

  • Carnival's New Debacle: Cruise Ship Stuck in Port Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 2:50 PM ET
    Passengers wave from the stranded Carnival Splendor 2010

    The Carnival Dream was stuck in a Caribbean port with equipment trouble Thursday, a month after the Triumph was disabled by a fire that stranded thousands.

  • Fugitive Hedge Fund Manager Arrested in Italy Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | 5:36 AM ET

    German hedge fund manager Florian Homm, who had been a fugitive for more than five years, was arrested in Italy on U.S. fraud charges, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

  • How Do You Fight Disaster? Illness? With Huge Sales Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 5:07 PM ET

    Cruise lines are rolling out huge discounts and extras to help potential passengers forget the disaster and illness that have plagued the industry lately. And for some -- it's working!

  • At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

  • Passengers Disembark Crippled Carnival Ship Friday, 15 Feb 2013 | 5:28 AM ET

    Thousands of relieved passengers poured ashore from a stinking cruise ship on Friday after five days adrift in the Gulf of Mexico with overflowing toilets and stench filled cabins.

  • Reid: US Congress Will Pass Immigration Legislation Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 2:57 PM ET
    A petitioner holds a US flag during a naturalization ceremony.

    The top Senate Democrat on Sunday predicted that Congress will pass and send to President Barack Obama legislation overhauling the U.S. immigration system, saying "things are looking really good." Obama last week expressed hope Congress can get a deal done on immigration, possibly in the first half of the year.

  • NEW YORK/ BELMAR, N.J., Nov 6- Storm-weary residents across the New York and New Jersey area encountered confusion and long lines as they went to cast ballots in the presidential election on Tuesday, and regional officials began scrambling to prepare for a new weather threat due as early as Wednesday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 6- Carlos Slim's America Movil, the top cellphone company in Latin America, will not pursue an additional seat on Telekom Austria's board for now, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj said on Tuesday.

  • Nov 6- Superstorm Sandy will slash earnings at New Jersey casinos and benefit home repair and discount retailers but have limited impact on other sectors and is unlikely to trigger credit downgrades, credit agency Moody's Investors Service said.

  • *New York, New Jersey move to help voters cast ballots. ROCKAWAY PARK, N.Y./ BELMAR, N.J., Nov 6- Already exhausted from a massive cleanup and nightmarish commutes to work, thousands of U.S. voters in storm-struck New York and New Jersey encountered confusion and long lines as they tried to cast ballots in a cliffhanger presidential election.