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Raul Castro hails removal of 'obstacle' in US-Cuba relations

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed Saturday the removal of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, saying he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon

Washington - Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer towards his goal of closing the controversial US military jail.

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon

Washington - Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday.

FBI mishandles large portion of U.S. evidence: Report

Washington - The FBI has mishandled large amounts of evidence in its offices across the United States, The New York Times reported Friday after reviewing an internal report from the investigative force.

N. Korea proposes joint probe with US into Sony cyber attack

Seoul - North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington's "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of retaliation.

Indian diplomat in U.S. row stripped of duty

New Delhi - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday.

Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: 'We will respond'

Washington - US President Barack Obama warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

U.S. issues worldwide travel alert

Washington - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert, warning Americans to be vigilant during the holiday period, especially in the wake of a deadly siege in Australia.

China arrests US aid worker on N. Korean border: lawyer

Bejing - China has arrested an American Christian aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said Saturday, as authorities deepen an apparent crackdown on religious groups in the region.

Jovial Obama paints picture of resurgent America

Washington - After a tough year capped by a bruising defeat for his Democrats in last month's midterm elections, no one would blame President Barack Obama if he were a bit down. On Friday at his year-end press conference, he was anything but down."I'm energized.

Obama blasts Guantanamo provisions as he signs defense bill

Washington - President Barack Obama signed into law America's annual defense policy bill, but he blasted provisions that ensure the Guantanamo Bay prison will stay open for now.

Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: 'We will respond'

Washington - US President Barack Obama warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

US accuses North Korea of Sony hack

Washington - The United States said Friday that North Korea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, warning that those responsible would face punishment, as an envoy for Pyongyang again denied involvement.

Caramel apple bacteria kills at least 4 in US

Miami - A listeria outbreak believed to originate from commercially packaged caramel apples has killed at least four people in the United States and sickened 28 people since November, officials said Friday.

IS group threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage

Birut - A French-speaking jihadist threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State group, saying three prominent anti-IS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

New U.S. sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

Moscow - New U.S. legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

U.S. Marine accused of Philippine murder appears in court

A U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines appeared in court on Friday for the first time since her death more than two months ago.

Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers

London - Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, British broadcaster the BBC found in an investigation broadcast.

Easing embargo would boost Cuba's moribund economy

Havana - Easing the 54-year-old US trade embargo would be breath of fresh air for communist Cuba's moribund economy, giving greater life to recent reforms by the island's communist regime.

Iraq Kurds press fightback as top jihadist reported killed

Kanbas - Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed.

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement isolates Venezuela: analysts

Caracas - Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say.

Several IS leaders in Iraq killed in air strikes: US officials

Washington - US air strikes have killed several leaders of the Islamic State group in Iraq in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the jihadist forces, defense officials said Thursday.

US calls movie studio hack a national security breach

Washington - The White House called the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures a serious national security matter, threatening an "appropriate response" as others pointed the finger at Pyongyang.

Boston suspect makes rare court appearance

Boston - Shaggy-haired, bearded and attentive, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his first public appearance in 17 months Thursday, at a brief court hearing before his trial next month.

Hackers trick way into ICANN computers

San Francisco - The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.

US-Cuba ties thaw, White House open to Castro visit

Washington - A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement.

Palestinians present UN resolution on final peace deal

New York - The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.

Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Los Angeles - Sony Pictures cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers, as US investigators reportedly blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber-raid on the movie giant.

Pope leads global praise for 'historic' U.S.-Cuba rapprochement

Paris - Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State group.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935.
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