Latin America Caribbean

  • Unipec, the trading arm of China's Sinopec, Swiss trader Trafigura AG, oil firm Equinor ASA, Exxon Mobil Corp and others are shunning contracts or vessels that might put them in jeopardy of violating U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, according to sources and documents. The United States in early August ratcheted up sanctions on Venezuela, adding measures that could...

  • HAVANA, Oct 9- Tougher U.S. sanctions against Cuba have led international banks to avoid transactions involving the island, while prospective overseas investors put plans on hold and foreign firms operating in the country consider restructuring to lower their risk exposure. On top of the decades-old embargo, the Trump administration has sanctioned nearly...

  • HAVANA/ MEXICO CITY, Oct 4- A flotilla of shipments from Venezuela gave Cuba some respite this week from crippling fuel shortages in the wake of tougher U.S. sanctions, while Russia's prime minister pledged during a visit to the island on Friday to help develop its energy sector. In response to the shortages, Cuba swiftly deepened austerity measures it had...

  • HAVANA/ MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a "toxic atmosphere" around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia's support for its Communist government. While Russia's support for Cuba is insignificant compared to the role the Soviet Union once played,...

  • Moscow has sought to renew its commercial, military and political ties with Cuba in recent years, as part of a broader strategy to expand its presence in Latin America as a counterweight to China and the United States. Russia's support for Cuba is insignificant compared to the role the Soviet Union once played, but analysts said it is still very welcome as the...

  • HAVANA, Sept 26- A Florida resident is suing Amazon for marketing charcoal produced on land he says Cuba confiscated from his grandfather after the 1959 revolution, the latest in a recent slew of lawsuits regarding the island piling up in U.S. courts. The lawsuit was filed in Florida on Thursday, the day after another was filed accusing American Airlines and the...

  • HAVANA, Sept 25- A Miami- based law firm filed a lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of a Cuban-American who claims to be the rightful owner of Havana's international airport against American Airlines and the Latam Airlines Group for "trafficking" in the property he says the Cuban government stole. In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, law firm Rivero Mestre argues that...

  • Tropical storm Karen hit the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rains, causing flooding in Puerto Rico and nearby islands. The storm hit Puerto Rico hours after the island was shaken by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four maritime firms and vessels transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba, amid an acute fuel scarcity in the island that is forcing people to line up for gasoline and public transport. Despite tough U.S. measures against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA in January, Cuba's...

  • HAVANA, Sept 20- Cuba is deploying oxen to replace tractors, using wood instead of gas at many state bakeries and advising citizens to save electricity by making the most of daylight as it grapples with an acute fuel shortage amid U.S. sanctions. A large steel factory in Havana has stopped operating altogether, a worker there told Reuters. Supervisors at two large...

  • HAVANA, Sept 13- Cubans queued for hours for public transport on Friday at peak times in Havana, sweating in the heavy heat, while queues at gas stations snaked several blocks long, as a fuel shortage that the government blames on U.S. sanctions began to bite. He warned Cubans on Wednesday on state television of difficult times ahead as U.S. attempts to block fuel...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- An American Airlines mechanic charged with purposely damaging an aircraft in July during a dispute between the airline and its mechanics union involving stalled contract negotiations will remain behind bars until at least Sept. 20, according to a court filing on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration also disclosed Thursday...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 6- An American Airlines mechanic was ordered temporarily detained Friday after he was charged with purposely damaging an aircraft in July amid a dispute between the airline and its mechanics union involving stalled contract negotiations. Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani will remain in custody pending a hearing on Wednesday, the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 6- An American Airlines mechanic is set to make an initial court appearance Friday in Miami after he was charged with purposely damaging an aircraft in July amid a dispute between the airline and its mechanics union involving stalled contract negotiations. Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

  • MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas, Sept 5- Richard Johnson said his six-year-old brother Adrian was just too small to withstand Hurricane Dorian. The boy was blown into churning storm surge and is among thousands of people missing, many children, after the worst hurricane to hit the Bahamas. An international relief effort was trying to overcome formidable logistical...

  • NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 5- An international relief effort gathered pace on Thursday to help stunned residents of the Bahamas, where the health minister predicted a "staggering" death toll from Hurricane Dorian, now churning northward off the coast of South Carolina. Aerial video of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas worst hit by the then-Category 5...

  • NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 5- An international relief effort to bring humanitarian aid to stunned residents of the Bahamas gathered pace on Thursday as Hurricane Dorian churned northward off the coast of South Carolina, threatening storm surges and flooding. Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation, with...

  • NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 5- Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast on Thursday, threatening record flooding. Some 70,000 people in the Bahamas needed immediate humanitarian relief after the most damaging storm...

  • NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 5- Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast, threatening record flooding on Thursday. The United Nations said 70,000 people in the Bahamas needed immediate humanitarian relief after the...

  • *More than 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged in Bahamas. NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept 5- Hurricane Dorian left stretches of the Bahamas looking as if they had been carpet bombed and was regaining strength as it crawled up the U.S. The United Nations said 70,000 people in the Bahamas needed immediate humanitarian relief after the most damaging storm ever to hit the island...