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U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. | Video

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Iran calls nuclear talks 'very useful'; next meeting in January

GENEVA - Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that he had "very intense" and "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva.

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Sudan warns South Sudan against 'hostile moves' by rebels in its territory

KHARTOUM - Sudan's intelligence chief warned South Sudan against "hostile moves from its territory", saying any incursion by rebel forces based in its neighbor would be treated as an "assault" by Juba.

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Australia orders sweeping investigation after deadly hostage siege

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage siege after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun. | Video

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Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote

ATHENS - Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties to keep his coalition government in office.

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Europe must stick to 'bitter' sanctions on Russia: German finance minister

BERLIN - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Wednesday that Europe had no choice but to keep up pressure on Russia over the Ukraine crisis via sanctions, though the door remained open to dialogue.

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