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Monday, January 26, 2015
A tumble of blue-chip stock shares on Friday failed to erase another week of gains for Wall Street.
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.
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.
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.
Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement.
Republicans muscled legislation through the U.S. House on Thursday tightening federal restrictions on abortions as thousands of abortion foes marched outside in their annual protest. The vote came after internal divisions forced them into an embarrassing fumble of a similar bill.
US officials detail IS kills, but hard part still lies ahead
The U.S. and its allies sought to put a good face on the coalition's deliberate campaign to roll back the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Thursday, boasting of having killed thousands of militants while acknowledging that ousting the group from key cities remains a distant aspiration.
The United States believes it has killed about 6,000 jihadists in its airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group, defense officials said Thursday.
U.S. President Barack Obama will not meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.
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