After offshore oil failure, Cuba shifts energy focus


HAVANA - Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration, sources close to the industry say.

U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations.

Fidel Castro blames Ukrainian government for taking down plane

HAVANA - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the "warmonger" government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for shooting down a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine.

Putin denies Russia to reopen Soviet-era spy post in Cuba

- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied reports that Russia plans to reopen a Soviet-era base in Cuba from which it once spied on the United States.

World, Russia 17 Jul 2014

Russia set to reopen Soviet-era spy post on Cuba: source

MOSCOW - Russia has reached a provisional agreement with Cuba to reopen a big Soviet-era base on the Caribbean island from which it once spied in the United States, a Russian security source said on Wednesday.

World, Russia, 16 Jul 2014

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

HAVANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

World, Russia, 11 Jul 2014

Senator Menendez wants probe of alleged Cuban smear plot: report

WASHINGTON - New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez has asked the Justice Department to investigate evidence said to be acquired by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government plotted to smear him with allegations he was involved with prostitutes, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Politics, 07 Jul 2014

Economy stalled, Cuba resists speedier path to free enterprise

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the communist country's market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an underperforming economy.

World, 05 Jul 2014

Pioneering editor sees open Internet in Cuba's future

HAVANA - A magazine editor who has tested the limits of free speech in Cuba believes the Cuban government has no option but to allow universal Internet access, and he plans to exploit that opening to promote a more pluralistic Cuba.

World, Tech 04 Jul 2014

U.S. imposes record fine on BNP in sanctions warning to banks

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/PARIS - French bank BNP Paribas BNPP.PA has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges and agreed to pay almost $9 billion to resolve accusations it violated U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran, a severe punishment aimed at sending a clear message to other financial institutions around the world. | Video


Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

BAGHDAD - Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. | Video