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  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.' s Cuba move. The leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington, discussing the process of resuming formal diplomatic relations and opening embassies, the White House said.

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.' s Cuba move. The two leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington and discussed the process of resuming formal diplomatic relations and opening embassies, the White House said.

  • 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...

  • The United States created an exception to its trade embargo of Cuba in 2000 to allow food and medicine sales, but it still denies Cuba credit, forcing it to pay cash up front. Although the United States and Cuba are seeking to restore diplomatic relations after more than five decades of confrontation, the embargo on Cuba remains largely in place.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to quickly establish an official embassy for the first time in half a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- The U.S. State Department official leading negotiations with the Cuban government said on Wednesday the United States is not considering returning the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay to Havana as it discusses improved ties. "The issue of Guantanamo is not on the table in these conversations," Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of State...

  • 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.