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U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

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Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp: government

TUNIS - The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday.

Tunisia, Libya 3:20pm EDT

Islamic State scores up gains and losses in Syrian fighting

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighborhood from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, but suffered setbacks in the northeastern city of Hasaka, a monitor and the army said.

Syria 4:07pm EDT

Former Afghan soldier who fled U.S. training granted asylum: lawyer

BOSTON - A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

U.S., Afghanistan 5:42pm EDT

Taiwan youth to China: Treat us like a country

TAIPEI - Young Taiwan activists have tied themselves up in chains, blocked mountain roads, scaled fences and thrown red paint balloons in a wave of anti-China sentiment likely to turn the island's politics on its head in January's presidential election.

China 5:09pm EDT

Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system as prosecutor buried

CAIRO - Egypt's president told mourners on Tuesday at the funeral of the country's top prosecutor, killed by a car bomb, that he would unveil tough new security policies in the coming days, vowing that death sentences would be carried out.

Egypt 3:35pm EDT

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