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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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Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

MOSCOW - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble.

4:30pm EST

Yemeni premier suggests he could resign as Houthis tighten grip

SANAA - Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Wednesday suggested that his government could resign, expressing exasperation after Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa raided state institutions and sacked public officials.

Yemen, 4:28pm EST

EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

BRUSSELS - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

2:49pm EST

Iraq Kurds launch Sinjar offensive after coalition air strikes

ARBIL, Iraq - Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq on Wednesday after coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions overnight, Kurdish officials said.

Iraq 3:27pm EST

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