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  • Obama and Castro spoke by phone on Wednesday before the U.S. leader left Washington, a White House official said. Apart from a couple of brief, informal encounters, the leaders of the United States and Cuba have not had any significant meetings since Castro's older brother Fidel Castro toppled U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in a 1959 revolution.

  • Cuba invites companies to talk about doing business Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    Business interest in Cuba has boomed since the historic announcement on Dec. 17, when U.S. "We are convinced the countries of the region will accompany Cuba in these endeavors." Cuba typically is more reserved about recruiting foreign investors and operates behind the scenes with companies that have good enough connections to schedule meetings with...

  • KINGSTON, April 9- President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a major clean energy partnership at a Caribbean summit where he sought to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at a time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout appears to be receding. The review is being studied by the White House, and a green light for Havana's removal would open the door to...

  • Citigroup evaluating a return to Cuba Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    A Citibank branch in New York.

    The CEO of Citigroup Latin America, Francisco Aristeguieta, said the company was interested in restarting operations in Cuba.

  • PANAMA CITY, April 8- Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela said on Wednesday that his country is on track to lower its fiscal deficit to 2 percent of gross domestic product this year, despite slowing growth in the Central American nation. Panama's gross domestic product grew by 6.2 percent in 2014, the slowest rate in four years, and down from an 8.4 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- The U.S. State Department could recommend within a few days that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a major move toward rapprochement ahead of a hemispheric summit this week. President Barack Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic breakthrough with...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- The U.S. State Department is expected to recommend within a day or two that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, CNN reported on Tuesday. Obama has vowed to act quickly once he receives a State Department recommendation on whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries.

  • 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...

  • HAVANA, March 11- Direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba have been established under the first commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement between the two longtime adversaries, Cuba's national telecom provider said on Wednesday. "The re-establishment of direct communications between the United States and Cuba...

  • However, the U.S. State Department said many goods were excluded from the liberalization, including tobacco, vegetables and some textiles, and it was unclear whether Cuba would relax its own rules to permit Cubans to export to the United States. The move is the latest step toward normalization after the United States and Cuba agreed on Dec. 17 to begin the process...

  • US & Cuba talk, Cuban media yawns Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:24 PM ET
    US & Cuba talk, Cuban media yawns

    The United States and Cuba hope to restore diplomatic relations this week, including reopening the U.S. embassy in Cuba, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Historic day in Cuba Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Historic day in Cuba

    A delegation from the U.S. will begin historic talks with Cuban officials today, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Liberalizing Cuba's economy Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:24 PM ET
    Liberalizing Cuba's economy

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a close look at Cuba's economy and the changes that have taken place in the Republic since Fidel Castro stepped aside.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the end of the year press conference at the White House, Dec. 19, 2014.

    "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said of Sony's decision.

  • Cooperman: Not interested in Cuba as an investment Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:23 PM ET
    Leon Cooperman, Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors

    Leon Cooperman offered insight into the market effects of the changes in U.S. economic policy with Cuba in an interview with CNBC.

  • Obama-Castro: Has 'the fever' broken? Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:27 PM ET
    Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami.

    Obama's move to normalize relations with Havana is raising the promise in South Florida that it will finally open up Cuba's economy.

  • Obama: We will end an outdated approach toward Cuba Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

    US President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday about overhauling the US relationship with Cuba, which has been strained for years.

  • Inside Cuba: Photos from Havana Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    The US government is opening up to Cuba. Here are pictures of life in Havana, and what changes the country has been undergoing.

  • Cuba's new business rules Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 6:43 AM ET
    Cuba's new business rules

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at Cuba's new foreign investment law which will allow the existence of foreign-owned businesses.

  • This country is Venezuela's biggest loser Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    Opposition activists protest near the Cuban Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 16, 2014.

    As Venezuela's economic woes deepen and violent clashes increase, Cuba's economy is walking on a tight rope.