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Obama, Castro shake hands as U.S., Cuba seek better ties

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City April 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Panama Presidency/Handout via Reuters

Saturday 11 April,2015 Panama city : President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes. A photograph showed Obama and Castro, both wearing dark suits, chatting in a small group of leaders at the summit’s opening …

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Libyan lawmakers heading to Washington: US official

Libyan lawmakers heading to Washington: US official 1

Saturday 11 April,2015 Washington–A delegation of Libyan lawmakers recognized by the international community will head to Washington next week as part of UN efforts to create a stable unity government in the war-torn country, the US State Department said Friday. “We look forward to discussing their work with the UN Special Representative (Bernardino) Leon in support of the UN-led process …

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OBAMA, CASTRO TO COME FACE TO FACE AMID BID TO RESTORE TIES

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. The president said Thursday that he soon decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism now that the State Department has finished a review on the question as part of the move to reopen diplomatic relations with the island nation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Friday 10 April,2015 PANAMA CITY  — As leaders from across the Western Hemisphere gather Friday in Panama, all eyes will be on two presidents: Barack Obama and Raul Castro, whose expected encounter at the Summit of the Americas will mark a historic moment as the U.S. and Cuba seek to restore ties they abandoned decades ago. Americans and To read …

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North Korea fires missiles into sea as U.S. defense chief visits region

North Korea fires missiles into sea as U.S. defense chief visits region 1

Thursday 09 April,2015 Seoul : North Korea has fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast, South Korea said on Thursday, with the latest in a string of short-range firings by the North coming during a visit to the region by the U.S. defense secretary. “The range of these is not that long,” Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a briefing, …

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US DEFENSE CHIEF SEEKS DEEPER TIES IN FIRST ASIA VISIT

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, is escorted to inspect an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Carter visits Japan and South Korea this week amid speculation the U.S. wants to place a missile defense system in South Korea against North Korean ballistic missiles, which Seoul is reluctant about as it would alienate China. The U.S. has already deployed anti-missile radar in Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Wednesday 08 April,2015 TOKYO — The first revision of the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines in 17 years will “transform” the bilateral alliance, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday. The guidelines, expected to be formally approved in about three weeks, “will help us respond flexibly to the full scope of the challenges we face, both in the Asia-Pacific and To read …

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Libya rejects U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State, seeks aid

Libya rejects U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State, seeks aid 1

Monday 06 April,2015 Libya’s top diplomat in Washington wants aggressive U.S. support in containing the Islamic State’s rise in her nation but strongly rejects the idea of an American-led bombing or ground offensive, saying it would just make things worse. In an acknowledgment of how poorly some in the region see the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in Syria …

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Iranians celebrate, Obama hails ‘historic’ nuclear framework

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Friday 03 April,2015 Lausanne : Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord, and U.S. President Barack Obama hailed an “historic understanding”, but senior global diplomats cautioned that hard work lies ahead to strike a final deal. The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days of talks in Switzerland, clears the way for …

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Iran talks stretch into another day; deal seen close but elusive

Libya: UN mission welcomes ceasefire, withdrawal of forces in Sidra Oil Crescent region 1

Thursday 02 April,2015 Lausanne : Major powers and Iran negotiated into the early hours of Thursday on Tehran’s nuclear program two days past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse. The negotiations, aimed at blocking Iran’s capacity to build a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting sanctions, have become bogged …

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OBAMA SIGNS ORDER CREATING NEW CYBER SANCTIONS PROGRAM

Libya: UN mission welcomes ceasefire, withdrawal of forces in Sidra Oil Crescent region 1

Wednesday 01 April,2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China. “Cyberthreats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United To read …

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Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hit impasse on details

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Wednesday 01 April,2015 Lausanne : Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and Iran’s future atomic research. The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the early …

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