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Obama defends foreign policy decisions on Cuba, Russia, Iran

WASHINGTON—In a spirited defense of his foreign policy, President Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that normalizing relations with Cuba would bolster American influence there and that his diplomatic strategies to contain Russia and Iran are working.

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Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

DETROIT— Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that’s sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown, where rental occupa…

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Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

PARIS — Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.

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Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

FILE - In this Jan.18, 2003 file photo, the Belle Plagne ski resort (2,050 meters) in the Savoie region, French Alps. Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and a slump in the ruble are echoing in the French Alps, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in…

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Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in France’s wintertime hotspots like Courchevel, France, above, say a tourism boom by Russians in recent years has dried up.

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Falling oil prices threaten to disrupt Algerian policy

Falling oil prices threaten to disrupt Algerian policy

ALGIERS, Algeria — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Members of the “Cuban Five,” three of who were freed in a prisoner swap with the United States, gesture to a cheering parliament in Havana on Saturday. Two of them had been previously released after spending years in prison.

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

HAVANA — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won’t change the communist system he leads.

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Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Raul Castro says detente won't change Cuban system

Members of "The Cuban Five," from left, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez wave to members of the National Assembly at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Guerrero, Labanino, and Herna…

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Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., contended that Democrats’ legislative proposals weren’t made in good faith.

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113th Congress done; stands as historically unproductive body

113th Congress done; stands as historically unproductive body

WASHINGTON — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually.

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

This Jan. 26, 2014 photo shows the Skikda oil refinery, 350 kilometers east of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unr…

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

This Jan. 26, 2014 photo shows the Skikda oil refinery, 350 kilometers east of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unr…

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

This June 29, 2014 photo shows the vegetable market of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unrest. Oil revenues make u…

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

This Sept. 29, 2010 photo shows a traffic jam in Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unrest. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

This Nov. 11, 2014 photo shows the commercial harbor of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront social unrest. Oil revenues make …

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

In this Jan. 26, 2014 photo, flames burn at the Skikda oil refinery, 350 kilometers east of Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confro…

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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

In this July 10, 2013 photo, customers line up at the meat market of Algiers, Algeria.

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An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

Congress should purge this provision of the tax code next year.

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Bridge of 1917 remains deathtrap as infrastructure crumbles

Bridge of 1917 remains deathtrap as infrastructure crumbles

SEATTLE — If, in some great museum of American public discourse, there's a gilded pedestal reserved for the Lincoln- Douglas Debates, then way in the back, in a darkened room that no one tells the docents about, you might find a cardboard diorama of the Benton-Rivers Encounter.

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