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Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Jan 24, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. ...

Jan 24, 2015

$300,000 in fine wine stolen from famed restaurant is recovered

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of America. But the mystery of who broke into the unmarked wine room at the world-renowned French Laundry eatery and ...

Jan 24, 2015

Some counterterrorism efforts in Yemen frozen

The United States has halted some counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said Friday. The collapse of the U.S.-backed government of Yemen on Thursday has left America’s counterterrorism campaign “paralyzed,” two ...

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

Jan 24, 2015

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

New Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud vowed to keep his conservative, oil-rich Muslim kingdom on a steady course and moved to cement his hold on power following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. Abdullah, a cautious reformer who led the U.S.-allied ...

Jan 24, 2015

First U.S. troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Adm. John ...

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Jan 24, 2015

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. The main separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region vowed to push ...

Police investigated in case of dead Argentine prosecutor

Jan 24, 2015

Police investigated in case of dead Argentine prosecutor

The 10 police officers assigned to protect a federal prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranians accused in an Argentine terrorist bombing are being investigated for their actions on the day the prosecutor was found shot to death. The officers, along with ...

Jan 24, 2015

Record number of guns intercepted at U.S. airports

Inspectors at U.S. airports found a record 2,212 guns, most of them loaded, in travelers’ carry-on baggage in 2014, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday. That’s a 22 percent increase from the year before, and represents an average of more than six firearms intercepted ...