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  • HAVANA, Aug 15- Communist-run Cuba has imposed price controls on goods and services ranging from lemons and pork to haircuts and taxi fares in what it says is an effort to tame inflation as it increases state wages and pensions. On Thursday, prices in Havana were set for some basic foods such as beans, pork, lemons, bananas, onions and cabbage. Cuba has controlled...

  • HAVANA, Aug 12- A European subsidiary of British beverage giant Diageo Plc signed a joint venture deal with state-run Cuba Ron SA on Monday to market Santiago de Cuba Rum, in defiance of U.S. efforts to dissuade investment in the Communist-run country. The agreement comes at a time when the United States is ramping up sanctions on Cuba and trying to thwart foreign...

  • WASHINGTON, July 12- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $733 billion defense policy bill on Friday, defying President Donald Trump's veto threat by including provisions like a clampdown on funding for his planned wall on the border with Mexico. Republican voting against the bill sets the stage for a stiff fight over its provisions later this year that...

  • The Republican-led Senate last month passed its version of the measure, authorizing $750 billion for the Pentagon. The administration objected as well to provisions in the House bill seeking to stop Trump from spending billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, after he declared a national emergency in order to go ahead with...

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  • HAVANA, June 4- The Trump administration banned cruises to Cuba under new restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island imposed on Tuesday to pressure its Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The State Department said the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and...

  • HAVANA, June 4- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, including a ban on cruises, in a further bid to pressure the island's Communist government to reform and end its support for Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro. The State Department said the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via...

  • HAVANA, June 4- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, including a ban on cruises, in a further bid to pressure the island's Communist government to reform and end its support for Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro. The State Department said the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via...

  • HAVANA, June 4- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on cruises, in a bid to further pressure the Communist island over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The tightening of the decades-old U.S. embargo on the Caribbean's largest island will further wound its...

  • HAVANA, June 4- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on travel to Cuba, saying the move aimed to further pressure the Communist government over its support for Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro. The Treasury Department said in a statement the United States would no longer allow so-called group people-to-people...

  • WASHINGTON, May 23- The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday unveiled a draft $750 billion defense policy bill that would authorize more Lockheed Martin F-35 jets for the United States and effectively end Turkey's partnership in the program if Ankara pursues a plan to buy a Russian missile defense system. In the coming weeks the U.S. House of...

  • WASHINGTON/ CARACAS, May 15- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country. In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of...

  • OTTAWA, May 15- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will visit Cuba on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela and the United States' decision to allow lawsuits for property confiscated after the 1959 revolution. "I also look forward to discussing how we can work together to defend Canadians conducting legitimate trade and...

  • The Trump administration said last month it was tightening U.S. travel restrictions on Communist-run Cuba and allowing U.S. citizens to bring lawsuits against foreign companies profiting from property taken from them after Cuba's 1959 revolution. The European Union and Canada, whose companies are the top investors in Cuba, particularly in the tourism and...

  • May 4- Federal investigators on Saturday began searching for what caused a Boeing jetliner with 143 people on board to slide off a runway into a shallow river while landing at a Jacksonville, Florida, military base during a thunderstorm, injuring 22 people. The Boeing 737-800 chartered by the U.S. military was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba...

  • HAVANA, May 2- Carnival Corp on Thursday became the first company sued for profiting from expropriated Cuban property as the Trump administration piles new sanctions on the Communist-run nation for supporting Venezuela's embattled government. The administration last month announced a long dormant section of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act would take effect...

  • *Assange's lawyer: he feared extradition to United States. *United States has requested Assange's extradition. LONDON, May 1- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a London court on Wednesday to be sentenced for breaking bail to enter the Ecuadorean embassy seven years ago.

  • LONDON, April 18- Britain said it was concerned by new attempts by the United States to require foreign companies to abide by U.S. sanctions on Cuba that have been rejected by Britain and other European countries. "The extraterritorial application of... sanctions, which we consider to be illegal under international law, threaten to harm UK and EU companies doing...

  • PARIS, April 18- Drinks group Pernod Ricard is having regular and "courteous" talks with activist investor Elliott, although it is not necessarily meeting Elliott any more than it would with any other regular shareholder, the head of Pernod told Reuters. The Trump administration is lifting a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against...

  • MIAMI/ WASHINGTON, April 17- The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed new sanctions and other punitive measures on Cuba and Venezuela, seeking to ratchet up U.S. pressure on Havana to end its support for Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. President Donald Trump's decision, which the State Department said could unleash hundreds of...