Latin America Caribbean

  • Feb 19- Copper prices advanced on Wednesday amid hopes of more stimulus measures from China to support an economy hurt by the coronavirus outbreak, while sentiment was also lifted as the number of new infections dipped for a second straight day. China reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 29.

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Britain said on Wednesday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country had risen to nine, saying the latest patient had caught the virus in China. "One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine," Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said in a...

  • *Rumours of planned merger with Freeport' completely wrong'. Feb 6- Barrick Gold Corp does not want to buy copper mining giant Freeport McMoRan Inc, although it is interested in its rival's flagship Grasberg mine in Indonesia, Chief Executive Mark Bristow said on Thursday. Rumors that Barrick, the world's second-largest gold miner, planned to bid for Freeport are "...

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 6- Barrick Gold is not looking to merge with copper miner Freeport-McMoran, CEO Mark Bristow said on Thursday, although he is interested in the company's Grasberg mine in Indonesia, and indicated he wants to expand in the Pacific Rim. Rumours the world's second-largest gold miner planned to combine with Freeport are "completely wrong", Bristow told...

  • MADRID/ HAVANA, Feb 5- The Spanish hotel chain Melia said on Wednesday its chief executive officer had been banned from entering the United States over the company's operations in Cuba, marking an escalation of U.S. sanctions on the Communist-run island and firms doing business there. President Donald Trump said last year it would seek to fully enforce Title IV...

  • PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad/ CARACAS, Feb 3- Trinidad and Tobago has canceled an agreement with Venezuela for the joint development of a natural gas field straddling their maritime border because of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's state energy company PDVSA. That has raised the possibility of using gas from neighboring Venezuela, which has large untapped offshore...

  • KINGSTON, Jan 28- A major earthquake struck south of Cuba on Tuesday, sending shockwaves as far as Miami and sparking panic in the Cayman Islands where it ripped open sinkholes, but did not do serious damage to people or property, initial reports said. The magnitude 7.7 quake hit in the sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, at a depth of 6.2 miles.

  • Jan 28- A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the sea in the western Caribbean on Tuesday, sending workers into the streets and triggering evacuations as buildings shook across the Cayman Islands, in Jamaica, and in downtown Miami. The epicenter of the quake was between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles.

  • Jan 28- A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the sea south of Cuba on Tuesday, triggering warnings of "hazardous" tsunami waves up to a meter high for Cuba, Jamaica, and west to Mexico and Central America, but there were no initial reports of major damage. The epicenter of the quake was between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles.

  • HAVANA, Jan 27- Chinese exports to Cuba fell to their lowest level in a decade last year at $791 million, according to data from the Chinese Customs Office, as the island nation remained mired in a liquidity crisis. China remains one of Cuba's top political allies and economic partners, with investments in alternative energy and development financing in light...

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Jamaica on Wednesday, cautioned nations against taking "easy money" from China, warning it could be counterproductive, in a second attack in as many days against China's economic role in the region. China's embassy in Costa Rica responded in a statement that Pompeo spoke "irresponsibly" during his remarks in Costa Rica,...

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States is not seeking to divide Caribbean bloc Caricom after some governments voiced discontent that only certain countries had been invited to meetings with him in Jamaica. The United States is pushing to get the incumbent president of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, re-elected...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, Jan 10- The United States is curbing public charter flights to Cuba in a further effort to squeeze the Cuban government's income, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, prompting an outcry from officials in Havana. The Trump administration, in its latest effort to roll back warmer U.S-Cuba ties established by the Obama administration, said...

  • The world's longest cruise is now underway.

    Viking's Ultimate World Cruise takes guests to 111 ports in 51 countries in the span of 245 days. It's an around-the-world adventure that stops at every continent except Antarctica. Just don't plan on bringing the kids.

  • Two Carnival Cruise Ships collide at port in Cozumel, Mexico on Dec. 20th, 2019.

    Two Carnival cruise ships collided near the port of Cozumel, Mexico. Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it hit the Carnival Legend, the company said. There is one reported minor injury of a Carnival Glory guest, which occurred when a group of guests were evacuating the dining room.

  • HAVANA, Dec 2- Two Havana department stores began on Monday to give change only in pesos, instead of the local dollar equivalent known as the convertible peso, in another step toward ending Cuba's dual monetary system. Depending on the results and effectiveness of the experiment, its gradual extension to other commercial establishments in Havana and the rest of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- The Trump administration on Tuesday blacklisted a Cuban company it accused of helping a Cuban state-run oil firm evade Venezuela- related sanctions, the latest in a series of actions targeting Havana for its support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Sanctions were imposed on Corporacion Panamericana SA for acting on behalf of oil...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 22- Miners, traders, warehouse operators, analysts and executives from the world's biggest copper companies have converged this week in Shanghai for the Asia Copper Week, one of the biggest industry gatherings in the region. >China's Jiangxi Copper needs treatment charge of $75/ T exec. >China metals group in talks with Shanghai exchange on scrap...

  • *TC/RCs set at $62 a tonne, 6.2 cents per pound. Freeport settled with Jiangxi Copper, Tongling Nonferrous Metals and China Copper Corp in three separate deals at the same price, Javier Targhetta, president of Atlantic Copper and senior vice president for marketing and sales at Freeport told Reuters. The charges, paid by miners to smelters to process ore into...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 12- JetBlue Airways Corp on Tuesday became the latest U.S. airline to launch a low-fare option in an effort to rival basic economy offerings from major airlines and meet competition from ultra low-cost carriers. The three biggest U.S. carriers- American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc and United Airlines Holdings Inc- have all rolled out basic...