US and Cuban negotiators launch a second round of historic talks on Friday aimed at overcoming half a century of enmity and restoring full diplomatic ties. After an initial meeting in Havana in January which ended with little apparent breakthrough, the teams were to meet at the State Department -- the hub of US global diplomacy. Currently they operate with so-called interests sections in Havana and Washington. US President Barack Obama is due to attend the Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 10-11, which Cuba will also attend for the first time.
By Olesya Astakhova KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine has sent $15 million to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, just days after Moscow had threatened to cut off supplies to its neighbor due to non-payment. Novak told reporters that Russia's Gazprom had been told the money was on its way but the natural gas producer had yet to receive it. There was no immediate confirmation from Gazprom which said this week there were serious risks to gas transit to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev failed to make a pre-payment for supplies.
GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.