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Cuba, North Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' U.S. demands

HAVANA Cuba's foreign minister and his North Korean counterpart rejected the United States' "unilateral and arbitrary" demands on Wednesday while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, the ministry said.

Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

HAVANA An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Nov 18 2017

Yara buys Vale fertilizer complex in Brazil for $255 million

SAO PAULO Norway's Yara International ASA , a global producer and distributor of fertilizers, has reached an agreement to buy Vale SA's fertilizer complex in Cubatão, Brazil, for $255 million in cash, the company said on Friday.

Brazil Nov 17 2017

Mark Cuban says tax rates have almost no impact on investment

NEW YORK Billionaire entrepreneur and potential presidential candidate Mark Cuban said on Wednesday that a cut in the U.S. corporate tax rate would have little to no effect on his investment decisions. | Video

Nov 16 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

Zimbabwean President Mugabe insists he stays on as the country’s ruler, Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to fly to France and a portrait of Christ breaks the world record for the highest artwork sale at auction.

Blooming U.S. business interest in Cuba wilts under Trump

HAVANA Packed into a remote corner of a pavilion, just 13 U.S. companies took stands at Cuba's sprawling trade fair this year, in a sign of how firms' interest in doing business on the island has dwindled in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. | Video

Nov 10 2017

New U.S. government rules restrict travel and trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON/HAVANA The U.S. government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to visit Cuba and do business in the country, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor's move toward warmer ties with Havana.

Politics, Election 2016, World, Nov 08 2017

Cuban opposition falls at first hurdle as Castro handover looms

HAVANA Cuban opposition leaders said they failed to get anyone nominated as a candidate for municipal elections, falling at the first hurdle as the Communist-run island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of Castro brothers' rule.

World, Nov 08 2017

U.N. calls again for end of U.S. embargo on Cuba

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, with the United States voting against it after abstaining last year for the first time in 25 years.

World, United Nations, Nov 01 2017

U.S. to vote against U.N. resolution calling for end to Cuba embargo

UNITED NATIONS The United States will vote against a U.N. General Assembly resolution on Wednesday calling for the lifting of the decades-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, reversing an abstention by Washington last year.

World, United Nations Oct 31 2017

Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe: sources

HARARE Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.