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(MENAFN - AFP) After its rapprochement with the United States, the steadfastly communist Cuba could further dismantle nearly six decades of isolation by shaking hands with another old enemy, the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF, the world's crisis lender but also an economic policy disciplinarian, does not have an especially good reputation in Havana.

Cuba, like ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama's administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.

"On Monday, President Obama will request from Congress $1 billion to help Central America's leaders make the difficult reforms and investments ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese core consumer inflation slowed for a fifth straight month in December on lower energy costs and slack consumer spending, according to data released Friday.

Inflation in December, excluding volatile prices of fresh food, rose from year-earlier levels to 2.5 percent, less than the 2.7 percent recorded in November, data from the internal affairs ministry ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, a Republican priority that faces a presidential veto.

After weeks of sometimes fierce debate, the bill passed with 62 votes to 36, with nine Democrats defying President Barack Obama to support a project that would ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon surprised the market Thursday with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant known for investing for the long term.

Amazon posted earnings of $214 million in the fourth quarter as sales jumped 15 percent to $29.3 billion, swinging to profit after two consecutive losing quarters.

Shares in Amazon shot up 7.8 percent to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Thursday reported that its profit jumped in the recently ended quarter, but the leap fell short of market expectations.

The Internet colossus reported net profit up 41 percent year-over-year at $4.76 billion in the final three months of 2014. The profit translates to $6.88 per share, below the consensus forecast of $7.11 per share.

Revenues ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Health authorities in Arizona are on alert after warning that 1,000 people may have been exposed to a measles outbreak as the US state prepares to host this weekend's Super Bowl.

Arizona's Department of Health recommended that any unvaccinated child or adult who had been in contact with infected people to spend 21 days in isolation at home to curb the risk ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon surprised the market Thursday with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant known for investing for the long term.

Amazon posted earnings of $214 million in the fourth quarter as sales jumped 15 percent to $29.3 billion, swinging to profit after two consecutive losing quarters.

Shares in Amazon shot up 8.5 percent in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US Senate on Thursday approved the immediate construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, a Republican priority that faces a presidential veto threat.

After weeks of fierce debate, the Republican bill passed with 62 votes to 36, with eight Democrats defying President Barack Obama to support a project that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Thursday reported that its profit in the recently ended quarter jumped, but the leap fell short of market expectations.

The Internet colossus reported net profit up 41 percent from last year at $4.76 billion in the final three months of last year.

Revenues were up 15 percent in the quarter to $18.1 billion, also slower that anticipated as Google ...

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