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HAVANA - The Cuban economy will grow 4 percent in the first half of 2015, in line with official forecasts on the strength of increases in sugar production, manufacturing, construction and trade, Economy Minister Marino Murrillo said.
HAVANA - Cuba has suspended imports of U.S. chicken citing a bird flu epidemic ravaging the U.S. poultry industry, U.S. traders told Reuters on Tuesday.
A letter e-mailed to the traders from Alimport, the Communist-run country’s food importer, said Cuba would not accept bids for delivery of chicken in August and September, "taking into account the animal health situation."
HAVANA - Cuba's sugar harvest grew 18 percent this year to 1.9 million tonnes, the most for the beleaguered industry in 11 years and the best performance since the state sugar company Azcuba was founded in 2011, official media said on Friday.
HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited effect on removing U.S. sanctions on the Communist-ruled island.
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May 29, 2015
HAVANA - A U.S. senator visiting Cuba said bipartisan support was gaining in Congress to lift a ban on travel to Cuba and possibly also to end the long economic embargo against the Communist-led island.
HAVANA - Cuba unveiled new data on Wednesday it said confirmed there were billions of barrels of oil beneath its Gulf of Mexico waters but admitted there was little interest in new exploration even with the thaw in U.S. relations.
After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
HAVANA - The sudden U.S. engagement with Cuba has helped the European Union's own bilateral talks on improving relations with the Communist-led island, a top European diplomat said on Thursday at the conclusion of two days of negotiations in Havana.
The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation.
A “farmer” who plants seeds that don’t grow in the same way for years is “probably not a farmer,” Cargill Inc. Vice President Devry Boughner Vorwerk told a Monday summit on restoring relations with Cuba.
U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba fell below $300 million last year for the first time since 2003 as the communist-led island’s financial woes continued and it purchased food on credit elsewhere, a trade group says.
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