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  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other's countries. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months. The United States also...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba launch talks on Thursday on restoring diplomatic relations after a contentious session on immigration accentuated the difficulties in overcoming half a century of hostilities. Senior U.S. officials say they hope Cuba will agree to reopen embassies and appoint ambassadors in each other's capitals in coming months.

  • Ukraine president points to Russian hand in conflict Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he appealed for political and financial support, President Petro Poroshenko held up a piece of a bullet-riddled bus as evidence of shelling last week by heavy artillery in "occupied" parts of Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader brandished the scrap of yellow metal— a relic of Volnovakha, the town where 13 people were...

  • Obama pitches economic plan to conservatives in Idaho Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Prodding the new Republican Congress from a conservative state, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged GOP lawmakers to work with him on an agenda that helps the middle class and insisted they offer better alternatives if they disagree with his ideas. On his first stop in Idaho as president, Obama pitched the proposals he outlined Tuesday night...

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- There could be progress on U.S.- India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday. Obama's visit to India and trips by Kerry and other U.S. senior officials aim to woo India as a strategic partner and to win greater access to the vast...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Sunday to pursue predictable policies and ensure stable taxes, in a speech that sought to address key concerns for foreign investors in Asia's third-largest economy. President Barack Obama visits India later this month. Along with speakers from Japan, Canada and Singapore, Kerry...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Global statesmen and business titans descended on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Sunday to pay homage to the man they count on to unleash big-bang reforms and create one of the few bright spots in a troubled world economy. Big business cheered Modi when he won India's strongest election mandate in 30 years last May,...

  • GANDHINAGAR, India, Jan 11- Global statesmen and business titans descend on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state on Sunday to pay homage to the man they are counting on to unleash big-bang reforms and create one of the few bright spots in a troubled world economy. Big business cheered Modi when he won India's strongest election mandate in 30 years...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Secretary of State John Kerry will push India to make it easier for U.S. companies to do business there on a trip next week that also takes him to Europe to meet officials from Oman, Iran and Bulgaria, U.S. officials said on Friday. Earlier this week, the State Department said Kerry would travel to India this weekend to attend an investment summit...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING, Dec 22- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. The United States also asked China to identify any North Korea hackers operating in China and, if found, send them back to North...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. But the United States...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on...

  • FACTBOX-How Obama will relax U.S. Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    Dec 17- President Barack Obama moved on Wednesday to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, a shift the White House said was needed because the long-standing U.S. embargo against the communist-ruled island has failed to promote democracy and has hurt the Cuban people. *U.S. officials will discuss maritime boundaries with Cuba and Mexico in the Gulf of...

  • What to watch for in Putin's currency speech: Pro Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    Investors should look for softer rhetoric on Ukraine from Russian President Vladimir Putin and for signs of a bounce, said Christopher Granville.

  • Kerry: Sanctions could end if Putin does right Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in London December 16, 2014.

    The secretary of state says sanctions could be lifted in days if Putin lives up to commitments under ceasefire accords to end the Ukraine conflict.

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of much-lower oil prices are quite unfortunate," said Sebastien Galy, senior foreign exchange analyst at Societe Generale in New York. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that...

  • *Moscow stock markets plunge, but U.S., Europe turn higher. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that level in a plunge of more than 4 percent to plumb a July 2009 low. "There's a whole lot of things going on, from the options trade in WTI to the position squaring in Brent, that's helping oil prices get some upward traction here,"...