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Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Carnival cruises to Cuba expected for next May; waiting for Havana green light

Under the initiative, some 37,000 travelers a year will either volunteer or be immersed in educational and cultural exchanges in local communities

Carnival Corporation, the world's biggest travel and leisure firm, plans to launch cruises to Cuba in May, following the historic thaw between the Castro brothers nation and the United States. US Treasury Department and Commerce Department granted the company approval for the plans, Carnival announced Tuesday, though it has yet to receive Cuban authorization.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 08:03 UTC

Obama calls Merkel and Tsipras calling for constructive talks

The president “reiterated that it is in everyone's interest that Greece and its creditors reach a mutually-acceptable agreement”

President Barack Obama on Tuesday analyzed the Greek situation in separate telephone calls to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House said. Obama began his day with a phone conversation with Merkel, followed by another call to Tsipras.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 09:04 UTC

Rousseff enjoys a day at 'Google-land' before returning to real life in Brazil

Dilma met with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who showed off one of the company's self-driving cars before sending her on a test drive.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 08:04 UTC

US jobless rate drops to 5.3% in June, but factory orders fell strongly in May

Employment gains in June were made across a number of sectors, particularly business services, health care, retail, financial activities and transportation

US employment rose by 223,000 in June, while the April and May figures were revised down, official figures show. May's figure was revised from a rise of 280,000 jobs to a rise of 254,000, according to the US Labor Department.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Republicans anticipate they will not approve a US ambassador to Cuba

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Cuba as “a police state”, “a thuggish regime” and “a haven for criminals” wanted in the U.S.

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve a US ambassador to Cuba, sending a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 07:38 UTC

BP agrees to a $18.7bn settlement on claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill

The April 20, 2010 rig explosion and spill killed 11 workers and spewed oil for nearly three months on to the shorelines of several states.

UK oil and gas giant BP said it has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the US government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The US Justice Department said it could be the largest settlement with a single entity in US history and the total value would top $20 billion.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 05:17 UTC

US embassy will be opened on July 20; Kerry will raise the flag in Havana

“This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people” Obama said.

President Obama formally announced on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have both agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals following more than a half-century of hostilities between the two nations.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 05:52 UTC

Obama and Rousseff agree their nations are 'natural partners' and working on an 'upward trajectory'

“I believe that this visit marks one more step in a new more ambitious chapter in the relations between our countries,” Obama said.

President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as “natural partners” collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy, glossing over recent tensions over spying that have strained relations between the first and seventh world economies.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:51 UTC

US and Cuba ready to announce embassies opening in Havana and Washington

The White House announced that Obama would deliver a statement, presumably the formal announcement, in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.

President Obama will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official has confirmed. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and apparently will be simultaneous from Havana.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:26 UTC

Brazil celebrates the opening of the US market for its fresh beef

Brazil expects to export 100,000 tons of beef to the US in the next five years. Abreu said the decision is like “getting a pass code” to access other markets.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Monday that it is amending its regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from (Argentina) and 14 states in Brazil. It's “the first step in a process for these regions to gain access to the U.S. market for beef”, the APHIS said in a statement.

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