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  • CARACAS, Dec 7- Ecstatic opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government but also said they would not move to dismantle popular welfare policies. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists...

  • CAMAGUEY, Cuba, Nov 25- When Julio Manzini decided two years ago to name his small restaurant McDonald's after the famous fast-food chain, he had no idea it could cause any trouble. His counterfeit McDonald's illustrates a potential battlefront between Cuba and the United States over trademark and intellectual property rights as Cuba's economy opens up to...

  • MERIDA, Mexico, Nov 6- After standing by Communist Cuba in its years of international isolation, Mexico welcomed Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday as it seeks to turn Havana's thawing relations with the United States into a major business opportunity on the island. Following Pena Nieto's words closely, Castro praised Mexico for its solidarity during the...

  • With detente raising hopes that full commercial ties could be restored, U.S. companies are being drawn to Cuba. One U.S. company that is in line to open the first American factory in Cuba in more than half a century is interested in the island only because its co-founder was born here. Cuba is special on a personal basis, "said Saul Berenthal, a Cuban-American who left...

  • For the first time since Washington and Havana announced a historic rapprochement last December, Cuban President Raul Castro will on Friday visit Mexico, a country eager to stake its claim as Cuba's principal bridge to Latin America. Castro will meet his Mexican counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto in the picturesque colonial-era city of Merida just a...

  • President Barack Obama could further relax the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, adding that Washington would not first demand human rights progress from Havana. Obama has twice used executive authority to ease the embargo as part of his opening to Cuba, and more such regulatory changes could come if Cuba can absorb...

  • President Barack Obama could further relax the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, adding that Washington would not first demand human rights progress from Havana. Obama has twice used executive authority to ease the embargo as part of his opening to Cuba, and more such regulatory changes could come if Cuba can absorb...

  • The cash crunch, combined with Cuba's hesitancy to embrace a recent softening of the U.S. economic embargo, demonstrate some of the complications U.S. companies face in Cuba even though Washington is chipping away at the sanctions. Cuba receives oil on favorable terms from Venezuela and refines and resells some of it in a joint venture with its socialist ally.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26- Cuba's President Raul Castro, speaking at the United Nations for the first time, on Saturday hailed renewed diplomatic ties with the United States as "major progress" but slammed a U.S. trade embargo as the top obstacle to Cuba's economic development. "Such policy is rejected by 188 United Nations members states that demand its removal," he...

  • Relishing new Wi-Fi, Cuba's young clamor for more Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    Cuba's new Wi-Fi hotspots- 35 nationwide since July with more promised soon- are a sensation in a highly controlled country with one of the world's lowest Internet penetrations. They want the Communist government to provide more, cheaper and less restricted Wi-Fi for Cuba's 11 million people. said Ariel Boggiano, 20, on Havana's La Rampa avenue after an hour's...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, Sept 18- The United States announced new rules on Friday to further ease trade, travel and investment restrictions with Cuba, but Cuban President Raul Castro told President Barack Obama that Washington should go even further and lift its economic embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The rare phone call between the two leaders followed...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- The Obama administration announced wide-ranging new rules on Friday to ease trade, travel and investment restrictions with Cuba, the latest effort to chip away at the long-standing U.S. economic embargo amid a diplomatic thaw between the two former Cold War foes. Washington touted the moves as a way to boost business and to support more...

  • GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 4- In a series of meetings that began early this year, the U.S. government pressured Guatemala's then-President Otto Perez to rid his administration of corrupt officials and to renew the mandate of a U.N. Commission charged with investigating corruption in Guatemala, according to officials with direct knowledge of the talks.

  • Awaiting American avalanche, Cubans rush to the beach Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    VARADERO, Cuba, Sept 1- Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. Experts say many of those visiting beaches and hotels are able to afford it because they receive money from relatives living abroad, especially in the United States.

  • HAVANA, Aug 24- Austerity measures and the restructuring of Cuba's Soviet-style economy have reduced spending on research and development by close to 50 percent over the last five years, according to a government report released last week. President Raul Castro's government has imposed strict austerity measures since he replaced his ailing brother Fidel...

  • Open for business? Cuba comes in from the cold Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:16 AM ET
    A man holds a Cuban and an American flag outside the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. as the two countries restore diplomatic relations after five decades.

    As the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. reopens after a 54-year gap, analysts said that Cuba's easing relations with the U.S. could provide "limited" commercial benefit.

  • Obama: US, Cuba re-open embassies, restore relations Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 12:48 PM ET
    The head of US Interest Section, Jeffrey DeLaurentis (L), talks with Cuban Foreign Vice-Minister Marcelino Medina, after giving him a letter from US President Barack Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro, during a meeting at Foreign Ministry in Havana on July 1, 2015.

    In announcing the move to open embassies after more than 50 years, President Obama also called on Congress to lift a long-standing trade embargo.

  • NBA tests waters in Cuba, but not everyone's happy Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 PM ET
    Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls wearing a Los Bulls uniform, March 1, 2015, in Chicago.

    The NBA is going to the island nation for a youth basketball camp, but political undertones may force the league to tread lightly.

  • Making peace with Cuba Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:57 AM ET
    Making peace with Cuba

    William Daley, White House chief of staff, shares his thoughts on the restoration of U.S.-Cuba relations.

  • 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.