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Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

In this undated photo provided by the Sarraff family shows Rolando Sarraff Trujillo in an unknown location. A former intelligence official in the United States Thursday publically identified Sarraff as the unnamed spy traded for three Cuban intelligence agents jailed in the...
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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

A man washes a classic American car that’s used as a taxi by tourists in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could...

US-Cuba rapprochement complicates LatAm politics

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewing of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. While Venezuelan President Nicolas...
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Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

FILE – This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185, fleeing residents said...
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Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Candles are placed by local residents around portraits of the victims killed in Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, at a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly...

Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And...
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Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual...
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Putin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual...
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A look at ‘Cuban 5′ agents who were jailed in US

People walk past a billboard showing “The Cuban Five” that reads in Spanish “End the injustice. Freedom now.” in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including...
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Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Students watch to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba’s President Raul Castro about the country’s restoration of relations with the United States, on a TV at school in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Castro said profound differences remain between Cuba...