French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

Jul 1, 2014

French bank BNP guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Sudan, Cuba, Iran

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, has agreed to pay nearly $9 billion to resolve criminal allegations that it processed transactions for clients in Sudan and other blacklisted countries in violation of U.S. trade sanctions, the Justice Department announced Monday. The bank pleaded guilty to ...

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Apr 9, 2014

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program ...

'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

Apr 4, 2014

'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was “dumb, dumb, dumb.” The congressional hearing ...

U.S. built 'Cuba Twitter' to sow unrest

Apr 3, 2014

U.S. built 'Cuba Twitter' to sow unrest

The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, which lasted more than two ...

Cuba agrees to negotiate with EU on normalizing ties

Mar 7, 2014

Cuba agrees to negotiate with EU on normalizing ties

Cuba said Thursday it has agreed to begin negotiations with the European Union on normalizing ties after a decade of differences and sanctions. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said his government “accepts with satisfaction” a proposal made last month by EU foreign affairs chief ...

Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

Dec 16, 2013

Cubans fall head over heels for South Korean soaps

For the past three decades, Brazilian “telenovelas” have helped Cubans forget their litany of woes for an hour a day. But today, dozens of South Korean soap operas are earning wide audiences. Following in the footsteps of South Korean films and K-pop, “doramas” — ...

Obama-Castro clasp more than a gesture?

| Dec 11, 2013

Obama-Castro clasp more than a gesture?

The handshake between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela could provide an opening for an easing of tensions between the Cold War foes, analysts say. Some, however, cautioned that the significance of the brief ...

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

Dec 11, 2013

Obama gestures at reconciliation with Cuba

It was the briefest of moments — just seconds — as two presidents shook hands and exchanged pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders gathered to honor the late Nelson Mandela. It would hardly have been noteworthy, except that the men locking hands in ...