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No Castros in charge: leadership change in Cuba

Havana - Cuba's leadership is passing to a younger generation, with the last Castro leaving office and ending a 60-year family monopoly, but there is little other change as power remains firmly with the Communist Party.

How quitting Afghanistan presents fresh challenges for US

Washington - President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan ushers in a new set of risks for the United States and its military. What are those risks, and how does the administration hope to mitigate them?

Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks

Vienna - Talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna Thursday facing new tensions, with Tehran preparing to ramp up uranium enrichment in response to an attack on a facility it blamed on arch-foe Israel.

Fed chair says cyberattacks main risk to US economy

Washington - Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said he was more worried about the risk of a large-scale cyberattack than another financial crisis like that of 2008.

Trump, speaking to donors, sharply insults a top Republican

Washington - Addressing a meeting of affluent donors and top Republican officials, Donald Trump spent more time lashing out at fellow Republicans -- and most sharply at their Senate leader -- than at Democrats, news media reported Sunday.

How table tennis changed the world, 50 years on

Shanghai - It was 50 years ago but Zhang Xielin still remembers vividly how a shaggy-haired American table tennis player stepped onto the Chinese team's bus, a chance encounter which would shape history.

Expert witnesses against Chauvin in trial for Floyd's death

Minneapolis - Police and medical experts delivered withering testimony against Derek Chauvin in the second week of trial for the white former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd by kneeling on the Black man's neck for more than nine minutes....

In US, conservatives on offense over transgender youths

Washington - On soccer fields, in locker rooms and even at the doctor's office, the rights of US transgender youths have become a political lightning rod, with dozens of recent bills attempting to dictate their fate in conservative states.

The show finally goes on: New York's pandemic-shut theaters reopen, slowly

New York - Caroline Baron is wearing shoes she has not worn in a year and a big smile as she walks into The Shed, one of the few major venues in America's cultural capital New York to begin hosting live performances again for the first time since March 2020.

Biden sets out 'once-in-a-generation' $2 tn infrastructure plan

Pittsburgh - President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing America's crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and delivering a "once-in-a-generation" investment that will enable the country to best Ch...

Biden picks Black women, first Muslim for federal judgeships

Washington - President Joe Biden nominated several Black women, an Asian American and the first Muslim ever to federal judgeships Tuesday in a push for diversity in the US court system.

US Republican effort to tighten voting rules sparks outcry

Washington - US Republicans have sparked an outcry and accusations of racism as they seek to tighten rules for voting around the country after losing the White House and key Senate races last November amid a record voter turnout."Sick...

Biden weighs pressure and diplomacy with North Korea

Washington - Confronted by North Korea's defiant missile tests and continued nuclear program, US President Joe Biden is weighing whether to step up pressure or to open a new diplomatic initiative.

Biden doubles vaccine pledge, says plans to run again

Washington - US President Joe Biden on Thursday promised 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine would be administered in his first 100 days in office, doubling his initial goal, as he said at his first news conference that he intended to seek another term.

BMG and KKR team up to purchase music rights

New York - German music management group BGM announced a partnership with US investment company KKR Wednesday in a move to acquire streaming rights -- a new potentially lucrative frontier for investors.

Biden under growing pressure over border 'crisis'

Washington - After two months of relatively smooth sailing, Joe Biden has landed in choppy waters: faced with a migrant rush on the border with Mexico, the Democratic president stands accused of failing to respond effectively -- and of lacking transparency with the...

First ever tweet turns 15 years old

San Francisco - Fifteen years ago Jack Dorsey typed out a banal message -- "just setting up my twttr" -- which became the first ever tweet, launching a global platform that has become a controversial and dominant force in civil society.

US man charged over deaths of eight migrants

Washington - US authorities announced criminal charges Thursday against a Texas man after eight undocumented migrants he was transporting in his truck died after he crashed while fleeing police.

US-China talks resume after fiery opening exchange

Anchorage - US and Chinese diplomats met for a second day Friday in Anchorage to discuss relations after a clash in opening statements that laid out the two superpowers' competing views of the world and spelled a difficult period ahead.

Asian community angry, stunned after Atlanta spa killings

Atlanta - Sadness, anger and fear were coursing on Wednesday through Stephanie Cho, a day after a gunman's attack on spas in the Atlanta area killed eight people -- most of whom were Asian women.

What we know about Atlanta shooting suspect

Atlanta - A 21-year-old man identified as Robert Aaron Long has been arrested on suspicion of killing eight people, including six Asian women, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.Here is what is known about Long so far.

New era beckons for Cuba, without a Castro in power

Havana - Cuba will emerge from the April congress of its all-powerful Communist Party without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 60 years.

Biden tells migrants 'don't come' as criticism grows

Washington - US President Joe Biden urged migrants not to come to the United States on Tuesday, as criticism mounted over a surge in people arriving at the southern border with Mexico -- including thousands of unaccompanied children.

With SpaceX partnership, ISS enters its 'Golden Age' — but what comes next?

Washington - After 20 years of continuous habitation, the International Space Station has entered its "Golden Age" and is abuzz with activity -- thanks in large part to the return of US rocket launches via commercial partner SpaceX.

US protesters demand justice one year after Breonna Taylor's killing

Louisville - Demonstrators demanded justice and police reforms on Saturday as they marched on the one-year anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor, a young Black woman mistakenly shot and killed by officers during a raid of her apartment.

Coin and stamp could reach $15 mn each at US auction

New York - A single gold coin and a one-cent stamp could be sold for up to $15 million each at auction in June, after Sotheby's announced on Thursday the sale of rare treasures set to break new records.

Biden names two women generals to lead military commands

Washington - President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nomination of two women to lead US military commands, who will be only the second and third women to hold such senior military positions in the United States.

SpaceX: more risks, better rockets?

Washington - A prototype of SpaceX's unmanned rocket Starship exploded on Wednesday, the third time a test flight ended in flames.

Reality TV pioneer 'The Real World' reunites original cast

New York - Widely considered the first major reality television program, MTV's "The Real World" is set to return nearly 30 years after its debut -- with seven members of the original cast appearing in the same New York loft where they first gathered in 1992.

New York governor accused of sexual harassment by second woman

New York - A second ex-employee of powerful New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, charges the governor denied on Saturday.
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