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'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba

Dec 18, 2014

'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The messages from Alan Gross had grown increasingly ominous. In May, on his 65th birthday, the former U.S. aid worker said he would rather die than spend another birthday in a Cuban prison #Business #facebook #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Birthday #Mexico #author #jewish
Jeb Bush, potential presidential contender, opposes Obama move on Cuba - report

Dec 18, 2014

Jeb Bush, potential presidential contender, opposes Obama move on Cuba - report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Wednesday he opposes U.S. President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a media report. USA Today reported Bush, who announced his decision to explore a possible run for the U.S #facebook #China #Japan #Arabic #Russia #Italy #Argentina #Mexico #opinion
Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

Dec 18, 2014

Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. After 18 months of secret talks facilitated by the Vatican and Canada, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed by phone on Tuesday on a prisoner exchange and the opening of embassies in each other's countries #facebook #United States #Obama #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #Argentina #Mexico #opinion
Ebola centres overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight

Dec 18, 2014

Ebola centres overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight

DEVIL HOLE, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - Ebola centres in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa's worst-hit country. President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that travel between all parts of the country had been restricted as part of "Operation Western Area Surge", and public gatherings would be strictly controlled in the run-up to Christmas #facebook #India #Technology #France #markets #United Kingdom #Entertainment #author
Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by US allies plunge

Dec 18, 2014

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by US allies plunge

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war. #facebook #United States #China #Syria #Arabic #United Kingdom #author #opinion
Cuba's Castro hails prisoner exchange with U.S., praises Obama

Dec 18, 2014

Cuba's Castro hails prisoner exchange with U.S., praises Obama

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility.The United States earlier on Wednesday freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years. #Business #facebook #United States #Brazil #Arabic #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #author #opinion
U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

Dec 18, 2014

U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Obama discussed the changes with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday in a nearly hour-long telephone call. #Business #facebook #India #China #Japan #France #Arabic #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico
Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pakistan reels from massacre

Dec 18, 2014

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pakistan reels from massacre

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Mehran Khan, a mild-mannered 14-year-old survivor of this week's massacre at a Pakistani school, says he will not rest until the meaningless deaths of his classmates have been avenged. Shot with three bullets - in the hand, leg and back - Khan said from his bed at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital that cricket used to be his main passion before the attack #Business #facebook #Japan #Technology #Arabic #United Kingdom #Mexico #Friends #opinion
EU's Mogherini says detects some "willingness" from Russia to resolve Ukraine conflict

Dec 18, 2014

EU's Mogherini says detects some "willingness" from Russia to resolve Ukraine conflict

KIEV (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Wednesday that she and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had detected signs of greater willingness from Russia to resolve the crisis in Ukraine's pro-separatist eastern territories. But Poroshenko balanced this judgment by saying Ukraine was in a virtual state of war with Russia and he pledged to work to integrate his country with "Euro-Atlantic security", a clear reference to the U.S.-led NATO alliance. The cautiously-worded comments of the EU's Federica Mogherini echoed those of U.S #Business #facebook #Arabic #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #author
U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

Dec 18, 2014

U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States planned to move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. #Business #facebook #France #Arabic #Russia #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #Mexico