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ANALYSIS- In Cuba, ObamaGÇÖs detente becomes history as Trump threatens

HAVANA, March 14- Cuba has jettisoned rhetorical restraint toward the United States and is broadcasting footage of military defense exercises in the face of threats and new sanctions from the administration of President Donald Trump. Not anymore, as the United States is increasingly blaming Cuba's Communist government for the political crisis in its...

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'I'm a capitalist': Beto O'Rourke's view of markets puts him on the right in the 2020 Dem field

O'Rourke may have seemed like a progressive during his Senate campaign, but his voting record is more conservative than many of his 2020 rivals.

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Beto O'Rourke on 2020 run: 'Man, I'm just born to be in it'

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke is "just born to be in" the 2020 Presidential race, he told Vanity Fair in a report released Wednesday.

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WRAPUP 3-Venezuela power flickers after worst blackout in decades

CARACAS, March 8- Venezuela's power supply remained patchy on Friday after the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the country, exacerbating hardship for millions of people already suffering from hyperinflation and widespread shortages of basic goods. Power went out across the recession-stricken country on Thursday afternoon due to a problem at...

Source: Reuters

WRAPUP 2-Venezuela begins restoring power after worst blackout in decades

CARACAS, March 8- Venezuela began restoring power on Friday after the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the country, exacerbating hardship for millions of people already suffering from five years of recession and widespread shortages of basic goods. Power went out across the recession-stricken country on Thursday afternoon due to a problem at...

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WRAPUP 1-Venezuela crippled by power blackout, China warns over foreign meddling

CARACAS, March 8- Venezuela shut schools and suspended the workday as the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the country for a second day on Friday, while China warned Western nations against meddling in the South American country's domestic affairs. Power went out across the recession-stricken country on Thursday afternoon due to a problem at...

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UPDATE 2-Venezuela grinds to a halt as blackout drags into a second day

CARACAS, March 8- Venezuela shut schools and suspended the workday on Friday as the worst blackout in decades paralyzed most of the troubled nation for a second day, spurring outrage among citizens already suffering from hyperinflation and a crippling recession. While blackouts are routine in many Venezuelan provinces, particularly along the western...

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares rise on tame inflation, MSCI's China move

NEW YORK, March 1- World equity markets rose on Friday to end an otherwise slow week on benign U.S. inflation and after strong economic data from China helped feed into optimism around trade, while crude oil retreated on news of weaker U.S. factory activity. China's CSI300 index rose 2.2 percent to lift the gauge of blue chips 6.5 percent for the week, its best weekly...

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INSIGHT-One witness, conflicting evidence: How Venezuelan justice targets the opposition

EL JUNQUITO, Venezuela, Feb 27- Local opposition leader Jose Rengel has spent almost five weeks in a cramped detention cell on the outskirts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas, after a single witness accused him of leading a riot that burned down a public building. Rengel was arrested together with eight other men on January 24 after the witness- a member of the...

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UPDATE 1-Citgo Petroleum confirms new board, begins CEO search -statement

HOUSTON, Feb 22- U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp on Friday said it accepted a new board of independent directors and launched a search for a chief executive, in a split with its Venezuelan state-run parent PDVSA. The move by the eighth largest U.S. refiner is another step in efforts to chart a course for the company and to force Venezuela's Socialist President...

Source: Reuters