Dave's Feed
Apr 12, 2015

Obama meets Raul Castro in highest-level U.S.-Cuba talks in decades

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday in the highest-level talks between the two countries in nearly 60 years, and the two men agreed to push ahead on improving relations after decades of hostility.

Describing their private meeting as “historic,” Obama said the two countries can now end the antagonism of the Cold War era, although he said he would continue to pressure the communist-led country on democracy and human rights.

Apr 11, 2015

Obama, Castro shake hands as U.S., Cuba seek better ties

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.

A photograph showed Obama and Castro, both wearing dark suits, chatting in a small group of leaders at the summit’s opening ceremony. A White House official confirmed the two men shook hands and spoke briefly.

Apr 10, 2015

Obama, Castro will meet at summit amid US-Cuba detente

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have talked by telephone about restoring diplomatic ties and are due to meet at a summit this weekend as they seek to set aside decades of hostility between two Cold War enemies.

The historic rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting in Panama, less than four months after a landmark announcement by Obama and Castro that they would improve relations and boost trade and travel.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S., Cuba hold highest-level meeting in more than 50 years

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. and Cuban foreign ministers sat down for talks late on Thursday in the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the early days of the Cuban revolution more than half a century ago.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in a Panama City hotel, the latest step toward better ties since President Barack Obama announced a historic shift in Cuba policy on Dec. 17.

Mar 4, 2015

Mexican ruling party insiders fear embattled president a liability

MEXICO CITY, March 4 (Reuters) – Mexican ruling party
lawmakers fear President Enrique Pena Nieto’s lurch into
scandal, weak economic record and struggle to tame corruption
could hurt them in upcoming elections, raising pressure on him
to take bold steps or shake up the cabinet.

Pena Nieto’s approval rating has slumped to as low as 25
percent since events began to spiral out of control with the
September abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers
by corrupt police and a drug gang in southwest Mexico.

Jan 2, 2015

Security on agenda as embattled Mexican president visits Obama

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto will discuss security and justice with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week amid public anger about how he has handled a probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

Pena Nieto’s standing has been battered by a string of massive street protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students by a drug gang working with corrupt police in the southwestern city of Iguala on the night of Sept. 26.

Dec 19, 2014

Insight – Oil shock to tilt Mexico energy opening in private sector’s favour

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The allure of investing in Mexico’s historic oil sector opening has been dimmed by the plummeting price of crude, putting pressure on the government to offer bigger incentives to private investors in the first major round of contracts up for grabs.

Since Congress in August approved the laws governing the dissolution of Mexico’s 75-year-old state oil monopoly, crude prices have plunged more than 40 percent, reducing the appeal of investing in Mexican deposits.

Dec 19, 2014

Oil shock to tilt Mexico energy opening in private sector’s favor

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The allure of investing in Mexico’s historic oil sector opening has been dimmed by the plummeting price of crude, putting pressure on the government to offer bigger incentives to private investors in the first major round of contracts up for grabs.

Since Congress in August approved the laws governing the dissolution of Mexico’s 75-year-old state oil monopoly, crude prices have plunged more than 40 percent, reducing the appeal of investing in Mexican deposits.

Dec 18, 2014

Sea boundary talks between U.S., Mexico, Cuba to take years: Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said on Wednesday.

The United States said earlier in the day the nations would begin discussing the boundaries as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Nov 27, 2014

Mexico president vows police reform in bid to quell massacre anger

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday vowed to simplify Mexico’s chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs as he tried to defuse anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September.

Pena Nieto is under growing pressure from protesters to end impunity and brutality by security forces since the trainee teachers were abducted by corrupt police and handed over to a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala on Sept. 26.