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U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links| Reuters

Jun 26, 2015

U.S. rights report slams Cuba and Iran, despite greater links| Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States released its annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them. Though the United States and other world powers are attempting to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by June 30, the State Department report criticized Tehran for having the second-highest execution rate in the world and said proceedings often did not comply with constitutional protections #United States #India #Middle East #Africa #Iran #Cuba
After midnight in the library, Putin sets out his world view | Reuters

Jun 20, 2015

After midnight in the library, Putin sets out his world view | Reuters

ST PETERSBURG, Russia It was two minutes before midnight when Russian President Vladimir Putin finally entered the meeting room in the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, more than three hours late, to be interviewed by a dozen exhausted journalists. His retinue seemed wearily accustomed to the late-night regimen, but Putin himself - after back-to-back meetings, a speech and an on-stage interview at his annual business conference here in his home town of St Petersburg - was fresh, fulsome and feisty #India #Greece #Latin America #Cuba #Entertainment
Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin| Reuters

Jun 19, 2015

Pope demands 'action now' to save planet from environmental ruin| Reuters

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he called for "decisive action, here and now," to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made. In the encyclical "Laudato Si (Praise Be), On the Care of Our Common Home", Francis, the first pope from a developing nation, advocated a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a "throwaway" consumer culture and an end to an "obstructionist attitudes" that sometimes put profit before the common good #Technology #Argentina #United Kingdom #Cuba #Entertainment
Cuba to create first Wi-Fi signals for the public at large| Reuters

Jun 19, 2015

Cuba to create first Wi-Fi signals for the public at large| Reuters

HAVANA Cuba plans to beam Wi-Fi signals at 35 public spaces in the first such offering for the population at large, whose Web access has been mostly limited to desktop rentals in state-owned Internet parlors. Cuba will also cut the price for surfing the net from $4.50 to $2 per hour, the chief spokesman for the state telecommunications monopoly Etecsa told the official newspaper Juventud Rebelde in Thursday's editions. The Communist-led island has one of the lowest Internet usage rates in the world with virtually no home broadband service and extremely high rates for foreigners and a tiny number of homes and businesses allowed to be wired. #Middle East #Africa #United Kingdom #Cuba #opinion
A Castro son rises in Cuba| Reuters

Jun 18, 2015

A Castro son rises in Cuba| Reuters

HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro's son has emerged as one of his father's closest aides, taking on an increasingly important role reminiscent of the one Raul used to play for his older brother Fidel Castro. Alejandro Castro Espin, 49, is a colonel in Cuba's interior ministry and was until recently a little-seen figure. As his father has moved to improve relations with the United States after decades of hostility, however, his son has been right by his side #United States #Middle East #Greece #markets #Cuba #opinion
Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation| Reuters

Jun 13, 2015

Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation| Reuters

WARSAW/KRAKOW, Poland The United States is ignoring a request from Poland to hand over the full version of a Senate report that could shed light on allegations the CIA abused al Qaeda suspects at a secret prison in the north of the country, according to Polish prosecutors. #Business #Economy #Sports #United States #France #Middle East #science #United Kingdom #Cuba #Mexico
Pope says to visit Africa in November, may go to Kenya| Reuters

Jun 13, 2015

Pope says to visit Africa in November, may go to Kenya| Reuters

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Friday said he planned to visit the Central African Republic and Uganda in November, and hoped to go to Kenya, during his first trip to Africa since becoming pope. Speaking to a gathering of priests from around the world, the pontiff said he wanted to add Kenya to his African visit but "it is still uncertain because there are organisational problems". #Middle East #markets #Africa #Cuba #Entertainment #Mexico #opinion #Ecuador
Colombia, FARC rebels agree to form truth commission| Reuters

Jun 05, 2015

Colombia, FARC rebels agree to form truth commission| Reuters

HAVANA The Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas agreed on Thursday to form a truth commission that would seek to shed light on atrocities once Latin America's longest war is over. Negotiators reached agreement despite a recent escalation of violence that has threatened the country's peace talks, taking place in Cuba. "The commission ... #Economy #United States #India #Technology #Middle East #science #Argentina #United Kingdom #Cuba #Entertainment #Mexico
Kerry, on crutches after leg surgery, briefed by chief of staff| Reuters

Jun 05, 2015

Kerry, on crutches after leg surgery, briefed by chief of staff| Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on crutches after surgery on a broken leg, was briefed by his chief of staff, Jonathan Finer, in Boston on Thursday on issues related to Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Cuba and climate change, a spokeswoman said #Economy #United States #China #Syria #markets #Argentina #Cuba #Entertainment
Israel says U.N. grants Hamas-linked group NGO status| Reuters

Jun 02, 2015

Israel says U.N. grants Hamas-linked group NGO status| Reuters

UNITED NATIONS Israel on Monday accused a U.N. committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting U.N accreditation to an association that it said promotes "anti-Israel propaganda in Europe" and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Israel's mission to the United Nations issued a statement condemning the decision, by the 19-member U.N. #Economy #India #China #Pakistan #Middle East #science #markets #Turkey #Latin America #Cuba