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US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2014 file photo shows a classic American car driving past the U.S. Interests Section buidling in Havana, Cuba. A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the seven-story mission is set to become a full-fledged embassy. The U.S. and Cuba announced on Dec…

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US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

People line up for visas outside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. The seven-story mission has 50 Americans and 300 Cuban workers, but the staff is expected to grow.

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US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

HAVANA — A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States’ seven-story mission looms over Havana’s seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.

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US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

FILE — This Jan. 25, 2006 file photo shows Cuba’s President Fidel Castro speaking with journalists below an electronic billboard scrolling messages extolling democracy and human rights inside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. “The consequence of that was, for years, they did not al…

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Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

DAMASCUS — Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to “preliminary” talks meant to pave the way for a confere…

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Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

Hadi Bahra, head of the Syrian National Coalition, the main political opposition group, is undecided about peace talks.

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New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads the Security Council in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

Vladimir Putin

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New Russian military doctrine calls NATO top threat

New Russian military doctrine calls NATO top threat

MOSCOW — Russia identified NATO as its No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

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US traveler released from East Timor jail

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from prison.

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Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights

Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights

People line up for visas at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. The wait time has dropped from 57 months in 2012 to five months this year. The sign reads “Definite exit.”

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Cubans worry they'll lose special US migrant status

Cubans worry they'll lose special US migrant status

HAVANA — Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he’s suddenly worried that time may be running out.

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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Ashraf Ghani

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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Afghans hope for change after bloody year

KABUL, Afghanistan — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban’s former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.

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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

Afghans hope for change after bloody year

An Afghan soldier inspects a damaged bus after a recent suicide attack by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. In the 11 months ending Nov. 30, there were nearly 10,000 civilian casualties — 3,188 deaths and 6.429 injuries — according to the U.N.

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Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

In this Dec. 1, 2014, a guard walks inside the chapel of the former University of Santo Thomas of Villanueva in Havana, Cuba. Since late 2009, President Raul Castro's government has been quietly returning some church property that was confiscated in the years after the Cuban revolution, incl…

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Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

HAVANA — Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of St. Thomas de Villanueva Chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces of saints. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during decades of frigid relations between t…

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5 things to know about the US-Cuba breakthrough

5 things to know about the US-Cuba breakthrough

President's move, along with others, is a game-changer for his legacy.

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War authorization should be first act of Congress

War authorization should be first act of Congress

Washington leaders should move quickly to allow military action against Islamic State.

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Raymond Graap and Schuyler Hilts: Address your representative about need to get rid of nuclear arms

As members of Physicians for Social Responsibility, we want to encourage each of you to write to a member of Congress about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

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