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Cuba, U.S. renew talks while differing over Venezuela

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the United States renewed talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Monday, this time amid secrecy and with the longtime adversaries differing sharply over Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally.<p>U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson appears at a news conference …

Cuba

U.S. urges Europe to commit more troops to U.N. peacekeeping | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Monday called on Europe to contribute more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions and announced that President Barack Obama would hold a summit of world leaders in New York in September to win new commitments.<p>The U.S. ambassador to the United …

Argentina in deal with Paris Club to pay $10bn debts

<b>Argentina has reached an agreement with the Paris Club group of international creditor governments to repay its overdue debts over a five-year period.</b><p>The deal covers Argentine arrears of some $9.7bn (£5.8bn).<p>The government of President Cristina Kirchner said in 2008 that it wanted to pay back the …

Obama still talks, but he doesn’t persuade

Five years ago, the entire world stopped everything to listen to Barack Obama's speeches.<p>It listened when he went to Cairo "to seek a new beginning" with the Muslim world. When he went to Copenhagen to warn that "we are running out of time" to slow climate change. And when he went to Oslo to …

Cristina, entre las 20 mujeres "más poderosas del mundo"

Un nuevo ranking de la Revista Forbes posiciona a la presidenta <b>Cristina Kirchner entre las 20 mujeres "más poderosas del mundo"</b>. La número uno de la …

Cuba plans tentatively for life after a socialist Venezuela

Photograph: Yamil Lage/Getty<p>The dual currency system of Cuban pesos (left hand) and their convertible equivalent, pegged to the dollar, poses problems for foreign companies looking to invest in the country. Photograph: Yamil …

Pope Francis Says 'Door Is Always Open' to Rethink Priestly Celibacy

Pope Francis has opened the door for a debate on priestly celibacy.<p>Fresh off the back of his historic trip to the Middle East, the pontiff delved into one of core Catholic Church rules by declaring it is “not a dogma” that clergy members abstain from sex.<p>“It is a rule of life that I appreciate very …

China demands halt to 'unscrupulous' US cyber-spying

China has called for a halt to what it describes as unscrupulous US cyber-spying, saying that an investigation has concluded that China is a major target.<p>The complaint, in the form of a government agency report, comes a week after US prosecutors charged five Chinese military officers with hacking …

World Cup preparations in chaos as unsafe food found and 'state of emergency' declared in host city

Five-star hotel where England’s World Cup squad will stay in Rio faces fine over out-of-date food while city where they play opening game declares 'state of emergency' over flood risk<p>The city where England begin their World Cup campaign in Brazil has declared a state of emergency over a flooding …

Podemos hopes to cement rise of citizen politics in Spain after election success

Until recently, it appeared that the Spanish <i>indignados</i> movement had fizzled out. But on Sunday evening, a fledgling party born from its ashes proved otherwise, winning five seats and 1.2 million votes in Spain's European elections.<p>Barely 100 days old, and lead by Pablo Iglesias, a 35-year-old …

Pope Corrects Israeli Leader: Actually, Jesus Did Not Speak Hebrew

Oops.<p>One minute into Benjamin Netanyahu’s sit down with Pope Francis on Monday, the Israeli prime minster found himself eating his words—words about …

Christianity

Interpol issue alert for Ecuador ex-President Mahuad

<b>Interpol has issued an international alert for the former President of Ecuador, Jamil Mahuad.</b><p>Mr Mahuad is wanted in Ecuador over allegations of embezzlement during his time in office in the 1990s.<p>The former president, who denies the charges, fled Ecuador after a coup in 2000 and moved to the United …

Hundreds of African Migrants Storm Spanish Border Fence

Hundreds of migrants forced their way though razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla on Wednesday, highlighting increasing pressure on a rare land-based route into Europe for illegal migrants.<p>More than 1,000 stormed fences into the enclave at around 12.00 a.m. ET and about …

Brazil's indigenous, police clash in protest

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Indigenous protesters in traditional headdress clashed with police in Brazil's capital Tuesday, resulting in one officer …