Obama: U.S. Re-Establishing Relations With Cuba

Posted by Associated Press on December 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “It’s time for a …

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Sydney Cafe Siege Ends With Three Dead Including Gunman

Posted by Associated Press on December 15, 2014
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SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 people hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window’s festive inscription of “Merry Christmas.”

It ended after …

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Senate Probe Catalogs Brutality Against Detainees

Posted by Associated Press on December 9, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report, years in the making, accused the CIA of misleading its political masters …

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Obama Spurns GOP With Expansive Immigration Orders

Posted by Associated Press on November 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”

The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off …

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Two Dead in Shooting Attack at Canada’s Parliament

Posted by Associated Press on October 22, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.

The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on heightened …

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