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  • Dec 11- Freeport McMoRan Inc operations at its sole U.S. copper smelter have returned to normal production levels after it completed repairs on an electric furnace damaged in a fire at the Arizona facility, a spokesman said on Thursday. Freeport, the largest U.S. miner by market value and revenue, resumed processing copper concentrate at the site on Dec 7, said Eric...

  • *Freeport, Jiangxi agree 16.3- pct hike in 2015 TC/RCS- sources. *TC/RC benchmark seen at $107 a tonne/ 10.7 cents a pound. SYDNEY, Dec 10- London copper prices slipped on Wednesday from two-week highs hit the session before, after a short-covering rally lost momentum and as focus shifted to looming oversupply next year.

  • EU-Cuba talks delayed by dispute over cultural event Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    BRUSSELS/ HAVANA, Dec 9- Cuba has delayed negotiations towards an accord with the European Union aimed at opening up the Communist-ruled island, citing a dispute over an EU cultural event in Washington, people close to the matter said on Tuesday. The third round of talks, due to take place on Jan. 8-9 in Havana, was scheduled to discuss human rights, always a sensitive...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY/ CAIRO Nov 27- Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren't driving or riding in one, because they possess potent social symbolism. During a by-election in Rochester that was won by the anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party, she tweeted a picture of a white cargo van in...

  • Nov 12- A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to hold Occidental Petroleum Corp and a security contractor legally responsible for alleged complicity in a 1998 military bombing of a Colombian village that killed 17 people, including six children. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California said victims' families could not...

  • **Gold and copper miner's shares down 4.3 pct at $28.98- lowest in more than a year. **Cuts full-year production estimates, partly on worker strife at its big copper and gold mine in Indonesia. **Output from Freeport's Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia has been hurt by labor problems following death of workers in recent time.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 27- Liquefied natural gas exports from the United States will remain competitive versus supplies from traditional producers of the fuel until oil prices fall to $70 a barrel, said a senior executive with Japanese gas utility Osaka Gas Co on Monday. Prior to crude prices tumbling a quarter from this year's peaks in June, several Asian buyers,...

  • HAVANA, Oct 24- Some of Cuba's best-known economists are openly questioning the very core of the Soviet-style command economy and saying market reforms under way are too modest to boost weak growth. Their influence on government policy-makers is difficult to gauge due to the secretive nature of the ruling Communist Party, but they clearly have been given...

  • MONTEVIDEO, Oct 24- Uruguayans vote in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday with opposition challenger Luis Lacalle Pou almost certain to force leftist ruling coalition candidate Tabare Vazquez to a run-off. Opinion polls show Lacalle Pou of the centrist National Party winning about 31 percent of votes in the first round and the two men...

  • Opinion polls ahead of the presidential election show young center-rightist Luis Lacalle Pou forcing the governing coalition's Tabare Vazquez, a former president, into a runoff vote in late November. Vazquez, 74, brought the leftist Broad Front to power 10 years ago and won praise for his blend of pro-market economic policies and social welfare policies.

  • HAVANA, Oct 3- Dinners at fancy restaurants, week-long family vacations and a flat-screen TV: the bribes that Cuba accused Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian of giving Cuban officials were modest by corruption standards in many developing nations. Tokmakjian's company, the privately held Concord, Ontario- based Tokmakjian Group, says prosecutors failed to...

  • HAVANA, Oct 3- Dinners at fancy restaurants, week-long family vacations and a flat-screen TV: the bribes that Cuba accused Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian of giving Cuban officials were modest by corruption standards in many developing nations. His company, the privately held Concord, Ontario- based Tokmakjian Group, says prosecutors failed to prove any of...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 29- A little-known Canadian federal agency helped put in place a total of $418 million worth of Cuban deals for a firm headed by Cy Tokmakjian, the businessman jailed for corruption in Havana last week. The total value of CCC's Cuban contracts with the Tokmakjian Group between 1992 and 2011 was C $418 million, said corporation spokeswoman Lina Seto.

  • TORONTO/ HAVANA, Sept 29- Cuba offered to free jailed Canadian executive Cy Tokmakjian in return for $55 million and company assets, his company said on Monday, but the deal fell through because the firm didn't have the money and the businessman wanted to clear his name.

  • CUBAN COURT SENTENCES CANADIAN EXECUTIVE CY TOKMAKJIAN TO 15 YEARS IN BRIBERY CASE; TWO AIDES GIVEN 12 AND 8 YEARS EACH- COMPANY.

  • *Takeover of SABMiller seen costing nearly $122 bln. LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Sept 15- SABMiller's rejected bid for smaller brewer Heineken has revived talk about deals that could reshape the global beer industry in coming months. "We believe SABMiller could now be considered to be' in play' and view AB InBev as a potential acquirer," said Numis analyst Wyn Ellis.

  • 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.

  • Tour pros hopeful U.S. may ease Cuba travel rules Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 4:12 PM ET
    Members of Metamovements Latin Dance perform at a panel featuring John McAuliff of the Fund for  Reconciliation and Development, Ray McGrath of the State Department and Yves Marceau of Road Scholar.

    About half a million Americans legally travel to Cuba every year, and tour professionals are hopeful that policies may change to allow more.

  • 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.