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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Top US official meets leading dissidents in Cuba
The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in 35 years met with leading dissidents on Friday, but one prominent opposition figure stayed out amid differences over Washington's rapprochement with Havana.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set out his vision for the fight against Islamist violence on Friday in an impassioned speech in Davos where he also announced a visit to Nigeria.
A 19-year-old woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison.
A university student detained at a U.S. airport for five hours in 2009 over Arabic language flashcards in his pocket that included the words “bomb” and “to kill” has won a US$25,000 settlement from the Justice Department.
An Egyptian conservation group said Friday it will sue the antiquities minister over a “botched” repair of the mask of King Tutankhamun that left a crust of dried glue on the priceless relic.
The Church of England's Manchester United-supporting, saxophone-playing first female bishop is an ordinary woman facing an extraordinary job.
The Dutch government on Friday approved large-scale testing of self-driving cars and trucks on public roads, saying the technology could greatly reduce traffic jams and improve road safety.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama
Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Saudi King Abdullah dies, half-brother Salman is new ruler
Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
Oil prices rose on news of the death of Saudi Arabia's powerful King Abdullah, but the increase is likely to be short-lived without a cut in the kingdom's immense crude production.
  
  
  
  
  
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