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Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

Dec 19, 2014

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island nation beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a ...

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

Dec 19, 2014

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready to exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine. “We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As ...

Dec 19, 2014

Seventy years on, U.S. judge clears executed black teen

A judge in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls. George Stinney was 14 when he became the youngest person to undergo the death ...

Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Dec 19, 2014

Birds can sense a coming storm and flee: study

Birds appear to be able to sense a coming storm and fly away before it hits, according to research out Thursday on golden-winged warblers in the United States. These tiny, delicate birds somehow knew that a massive storm system — including tornadoes and high ...

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

Dec 19, 2014

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

At lunchtime outside South Africa’s biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks. They are joined by middle-class office workers, forming long queues at fast-food restaurants ...