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  • HAVANA, March 8- Swiss firm Nestle is close to reaching a deal with Cuba on forming a new joint venture to build a $50 million to $60 million factory to produce coffee, biscuits and cooking products, company Vice President Laurent Freixe said on Tuesday in Havana. Cuba has upped its drive to attract foreign funds in a bid to stimulate the economy in recent years,...

  • MIAMI, Jan 27- Two Florida ports have canceled plans to sign cooperation pacts with Communist-ruled Cuba after state Governor Rick Scott threatened to cancel their funding if they did business with the "Cuban dictatorship." The news comes as Cuba watchers are looking closely for signs of how the United States' fragile detente with Cuba will fare under President...

  • President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap the move to normalize relations between Washington and Havana, one of former President Barack Obama's signature foreign policy initiatives, if he doesn't get a better deal. "We're hopeful that when the Trump Administration conducts a thorough review of U.S.- Cuba policy, they will see how enhanced cooperation...

  • HAVANA, Jan 13- The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce met with Cuban President Raul Castro and in separate meetings with members of Castro's economic cabinet on Friday, as they prepare for the advent of a more hostile Trump administration next week. "The goal of the U.S. business community has shifted from seeking more from Cuba to preserving what exists from the...

  • HAVANA, Jan 9- Cuba and the United States agreed on Monday to jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as they rush to conclude deals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Cuba and foreign partners drilled four offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012, raising concerns that U.S. sanctions meant the...

  • HAVANA, Dec 27- Cuba's economy shrank 0.9 percent this year in tandem with the crisis in key trading partner Venezuela, President Raul Castro told the National Assembly on Tuesday in a closed-door speech, predicting a slightly brighter outlook for 2017.. The figure suggests sharp economic contraction in the second half after the cash-strapped government...

  • HAVANA, Dec 27- Cuba's economy shrank 0.9 percent this year in tandem with the crisis in its key trading partner Venezuela, President Raul Castro told the National Assembly on Tuesday in a closed-door speech, predicting a slightly brighter outlook for 2017.. The figure suggests the economy contracted sharply in the second half after the cash-strapped...

  • Communist-led Cuba has introduced a series of reforms under President Raul Castro but the pace of change has slowed in the past year, raising questions about its commitment to reform. In other sectors of the economy, like restaurants, Cuba has already allowed small business holders to directly hire staff. "This is a step in the right direction but these remain...

  • Communist-led Cuba has introduced a series of reforms under President Raul Castro but the pace of change has slowed in the past year, raising questions about its commitment to reform. The new regulations streamline labor conditions, said Paolo Spadoni, the author of several books on the Cuban economy and associate professor of political science at Augusta...

  • The sun sets over Havana on the evening before the U.S. officially reopens their embassy after 54 years.

    Cuba has suggested that its famous rum serves as a means of paying back Cold War-era debt.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- President Barack Obama will make his case directly to President-elect Donald Trump not to derail the recent U.S.- Cuba detente, the White House said on Tuesday, insisting that "turning back the clock" would be damaging to American interests and the Cuban people. "Cuba has been and will be on the list of issues where President Obama will make his...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- U.S. lawmakers joined more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to continue President Barack Obama's engagement with Havana, despite Trump's threat to end detente with the island. "I hope that the next president of the United States, as a businessman, understands our needs," said Yamina Vicente, who owns...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- U.S. lawmakers joined more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to continue President Barack Obama's engagement with Havana, despite Trump's threat to end detente with the island. "I hope that the next president of the United States, as a businessman, understands our needs," said Yamina Vicente, who owns...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers joined Cuban entrepreneurs on Wednesday to urge President-elect Donald Trump to continue President Barack Obama's engagement with Havana, despite Trump's threat to end detente with the island. The appeal to Trump from Cuba's fledgling private sector underscored increased uncertainty about...

  • President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday urging him to continue President Barack Obama's engagement with Havana, despite Trump's threat to end detente with the communist-ruled island. The appeal to Trump from Cuba's fledgling private sector underscored increased uncertainty about future relations between the two former Cold War foes, given his vow to...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, Dec 6- Cuba and the United States will draw up a roadmap for deepening their detente on Wednesday in a first meeting since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. The fifth U.S.-Cuban bilateral commission comes at a time of increased uncertainty about the future of U.S.-Cuban...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, Dec 6- Cuba and the United States will draw up a roadmap for deepening their detente, the Cuban government said on Tuesday, in a first meeting since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. Wednesday's fifth U.S.-Cuban bilateral commission comes at a time of increased uncertainty about...

  • SANTIAGO, Cuba, Dec 4- Fidel Castro's ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" He gave Cuba an outsized influence in world affairs, but leaves a mixed legacy. Forced to step down due to an intestinal ailment,...

  • SANTA CLARA/ HAVANA, Dec 2- Fidel Castro's death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. Julio Lopez, 77, belongs firmly to the first group. "After the war ended, there was not...

  • SANTA CLARA/ HAVANA, Dec 2- Fidel Castro's death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. Julio Lopez, 77, belongs firmly to the first group. "After the war ended, there was not...