Washington —The Trump administration is lifting a long-standing ban against US citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s communist government since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The major policy shift, which the state department said could draw hundreds of thousands of legal claims worth tens of billions of dollars, appears intended to intensify pressure on Havana at a time Washington is demanding that it end its support for Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. US President Donald Trump’s decision, which will take effect on May 2, is strongly opposed by the EU, whose companies have large business interests on the island. “Any person or company doing business in Cuba should heed this announcement,” Pompeo said at a news conference. “Cuba’s behaviour in the Western hemisphere undermines the security and stability of countries throughout the region, which directly threatens US...

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