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Colombian government and FARC in deal to free general

Havana - The Colombian government and the FARC struck a deal to free "as soon as possible" a general and several others the guerrillas are holding captive, suggesting the faltering peace process is back on track.

FARC holding Colombia general, talks hang in balance

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirmed Tuesday that they are holding a missing general whose kidnapping caused the government to suspend peace talks aimed at ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

At Guantanamo, force-feeding shrouded in secrecy

Guant - Behind the barbed wire of Guantanamo Bay prison, hunger-striking inmates are routinely force-fed, a practice defended by officials as necessary medical treatment but labeled by critics as torture.

Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate freed, US plans dozen more releases

Guant - The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday.

Cuba and US cooperate in tackling Ebola outbreak

Havana - Many countries are willing to pledge funds to help West African countries battle Ebola, including the United States, a prominent donor, but Cuba has been exceptional in the number of medical personnel the government has sent to battle the pandemic.

U.N. votes 188-2 to condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

New York City - For the 23rd straight year, the world's nations voted nearly unanimously to condemn the United States' 54-year economic embargo against Cuba.

Florida lizards amaze scientists, evolve rapidly in 15 years

Austin - One species of lizard in Florida is proving to be quite the quick-change artist, and it's all because of good old-fashioned competition. In just 15 years, green anoles on some of Florida's islands began changing after non-native anoles barged in.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy'

Havana - Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy.

Yellowstone earthquake threat much larger than estimated

The threat of Yellowstone's earthquake is much larger than previously estimated. Recent seismic activity helped the U.S. Geological Survey Team reach this alarming discovery.

Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

Havana - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.

Havana - Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Colombian army, FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

Havana - Talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict entered what the government called a "decisive phase" Friday as army officers and FARC rebels began work on the terms of an eventual ceasefire.

Google Chrome comes to Cuba

Havana - Google Chrome has finally touched down in Cuba. In a Google+ post Wednesday, Google blames American export controls and sanctions that may prohibit the access of certain tools in Cuba.

Venezuelan president on surprise visit to Fidel Castro

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a surprise visit to Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro, who praised his guest's "solidarity" with the Palestinian people and condemned the "genocide" in Gaza.

Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

Havana - Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord.

Review: Putin and Ebola make great TV show

Los Angeles - Although some conspiracy theorists probably believe that the networks planned it this way, a TNT show that has both Vladimir Putin and Ebola in it called “The Last Ship” has become so popular it has been renewed for a new season.

Plea agreement reached by global financial institution Special

BNP Paribas S.A. (BNPP) is a global financial institution headquartered in Paris. BNP Paribas admitted that majority of illegal payments were made on behalf of sanctioned countries like Sudan.

Bizarre ending for Rigondeaux-Kokietgym fight in Macau

Unbeaten ex-Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux needs only one round to finish Sod Kokietgym of Thailand in a shocking and bizarre ending that left audience surprised and stunned in disbelief.
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