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U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba


WASHINGTON - Republicans in Congress searched on Thursday for a strategy to sink or at least slow President Barack Obama's plan to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, drawing a shrug from the White House.

Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year.

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Obama signs U.S. sanctions law on Venezuela officials

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.

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U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. | Video

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'Obama, formerly of Somerville,' dials in to Mass. Gov.'s radio show

BOSTON - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick got an apparently unexpected call on his final monthly radio show before his term ends in January in the form of U.S. President Barack Obama, who lived in the state during his years at Harvard Law School.

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White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

WASHINGTON - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana.

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Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, sanctions experts said.

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Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 ye

Politics, U.S., World, Cuba 17 Dec 2014

Many Americans open to better ties with Cuba: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON - Though lawmakers from both political parties lambasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for shifting U.S. policy on Cuba, Americans by and large are open to stronger ties with the communist-governed island, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Politics, Cuba, U.S., World 17 Dec 2014

Latin America welcomes Obama's move to restore U.S.-Cuba ties

BRASILIA - Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe.

World, Politics, Cuba, U.S. 17 Dec 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.

U.S. banks to move cautiously into Cuba, trade groups say

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- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes.