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Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. | Video

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Ruble crisis could shake Putin's grip on power

MOSCOW - Russia failed to halt the collapse of the ruble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power. | Video

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. | Video

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Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.

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U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba in dramatic shift

WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba are moving to normalize diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed in a historic shift in policy, President Barack Obama was set to announce on Wednesday. | Video

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U.N. Security Council renews cross-border Syria aid authorization

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.