Stories for May 2009

Friday, May 1st 2009 - 12:55 UTC

US tourism industry readies for ban-end to travel and vacation in Cuba

There are growing expectations in the Florida based tourism industry that the US government will let US citizens vacation in Cuba. Next Monday begins a trade fair, considered the largest Caribbean island showcase for tour operators, travel agents, airline and cruise representatives from around the world and all eyes are set on the political decision to open Cuba to US tourists after a 47-year trade embargo, reports USA Today.

Friday, May 1st 2009 - 12:53 UTC

Brazil’s pre-salt basin oil extraction becomes commercial operation

Petrobras, Brazil’s state-managed oil company will begin Friday to extract oil from the off-shore pre-salt Tupi field and is “very secure” about production expectations, said Guilherme Estrella, head of exploration and production.

Friday, May 1st 2009 - 12:43 UTC

Cuba reacts to US blacklisting calls Washington “international criminal”

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Cuba reacted strongly on Thursday calling the US government an “international criminal” after Washington said it was keeping Cuba on a list of countries that allegedly support terrorism. The US State Department released a report lumping Cuba with Iran, Syria and Sudan on a blacklist as sponsors of terrorism.

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