US hotel chain Starwood was able to sign a historical deal. Starwood said it would renovate and run three hotels in the capital Havana. This makes it the first American company to sign a deal with Cuba since the revolution almost 60 years ago.
The Saudi crown prince arrives in France to discuss a range of challenges facing the Middle East. The Iran nuclear deal, the Qatar crisis, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and business are at the top of the agenda.
The presidential vote had been brought forward to April 22 with two of the opposition's strongest candidates banned from taking part. The delay may give another candidate more time to get organized against Maduro.
Iran has signed a contract with French energy giant Total to develop its giant South Pars gas field. The 20-year deal is the largest since sanctions were lifted against Tehran last year.
Global oil prices fell after the US-led airstrikes in Syria at the weekend, having spiked last week on fears Middle East tensions might escalate. Eyes now turn to how Syria's key sponsors, Russia and Iran, react.
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