President Obama Right To Call For Trade With Cuba: Half Century Of Failed Embargo Is Enough
Full Article Forbes
18 Dec 2014

President Barack Obama used negotiations over bringing home a couple of imprisoned Americans as an opportunity to refashion the entire U.S.-Cuba relationship. He’s aiming to reopen the embassy, relax trade and travel restrictions, and improve communication systems. Of course, sustained caterwauling began immediately from the usual...

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File - President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, convenes a National Security Council meeting on Cuba in the Situation Room of the White House, Nov. 6, 2014.
photo: White House / Pete Souza

updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Major Shift In US-Cuba Relations - Trade, Diplomacy To Flow
updated 18 Aug 2014; published 20 May 2014
Has the US-Cuba trade embargo reached the end of the road? - BBC News
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Obama Restores Diplomatic Relations With Cuba: Greenlight To Hunt Assata Shakur
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Obama: U.S. to Reestablish an Embassy in Havana
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
US to normalize relations with Cuba
updated 04 Mar 2014; published 16 Apr 2012
Latin America v. Obama: U.S. Policy Under Fire at Colombian Summit
Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram
Full Article Mail Guardian South Africa
18 Dec 2014

A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. “They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five,” said prominent human rights lawyer Femi Falana, following a court martial that began on October...

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File - In this Wednesday, June, 25, 2014, file photo, a Nigerian soldier, center, walks, at the scene of an explosion in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group whose birthplace is Maiduguri, is accused of a series of recent bomb attacks
photo: AP / Olamikan Gbemiga

updated 10 Oct 2014; published 10 Oct 2014
CDS Badeh weighs in on death sentence on 12 Soldiers, Boko Haram
updated 09 Sep 2014; published 09 Sep 2014
Nigerian Army And Civilians Fleeing From Boko Haram
updated 04 Sep 2014; published 26 Aug 2014
Boko-Haram: Shock-Anger & Outrage as Nigerian Soldiers flee for their lives!
updated 16 Oct 2014; published 16 Oct 2014
Nigerian soldiers charged with mutiny over Boko Haram
updated 28 Nov 2014; published 28 Nov 2014
Boko Haram seizes Mubi as Nigerian soldiers flee
updated 05 Sep 2014; published 05 Aug 2014
Nigeria: Gruesome footage implicates military in war crimes
Palestinian draft peace plan put before UN Security Council
Full Article BBC News
18 Dec 2014

A draft resolution setting out a Palestinian timetable for a peace deal with Israel has been submitted to the UN Security Council. The document, presented by Jordan, calls for a deal within one year and Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories by the end of 2017. Jordan has indicated it will not...

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File - A Palestinian woman looks through the rubble of her house, that was destroyed during a seven-week Israeli summer offensive, in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 19, 2014.
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb

updated 12 Mar 2014; published 12 Mar 2014
Is there hope for the Israel-Palestine Peace Process? - The Middle East Institute
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Palestine sets deadline on Israeli occupation
updated 29 Nov 2014; published 29 Nov 2014
Arabs to present draft on Palestinian state to U.N. Security Council
updated 16 Dec 2014; published 16 Dec 2014
Kerry to discuss Palestinian bid to end Israeli occupation
updated 04 May 2014; published 25 Apr 2014
Palestinians criticise Israel's decision to suspend peace talks
updated 29 Nov 2014; published 29 Nov 2014
Jordan to Present Draft to UNSC WITHIN DAYS!!!!
Pope Francis and President Barack Obama meet at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014
photo: AP / Gabriel Bouys, Pool

updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
President Obama Announces Monumental Move to Repair Relationship Between U.S. and Cuba
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Vatican Brings Together US and Cuba - Perspectives Daily
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Barack Obama normalises relations with Cuba
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
President Obama Cuba Policy FULL Speech. 12/17/14 Obama: Isolating Cuba Hasn't Worked
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
BBC News-'New chapter' in US-Cuba ties.
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Pope Played Crucial Role in US-Cuba Rapprochement
Why the Pakistani Taliban’s war on children keeps on going
Full Article The News & Observer
17 Dec 2014

A horrific attack on a military-run high school in Peshawar, Pakistan, has killed at least 141 people, 132 of whom were children and teenagers. The slaughter, carried out by six Taliban terrorists, is the single worst terror attack in the country’s history and one of the most brutal assaults on a school anywhere. Even in conflict-ravaged...

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Pakistan army soldiers cordon off the area outside a school attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
photo: AP / B.K. Bangash

updated 16 Dec 2014; published 16 Dec 2014
Pakistan Taliban Peshawar school attack leaves 135 dead | Taliban Militants Attack Pakistan School
updated 28 Feb 2013; published 28 Feb 2013
Pakistani Taliban militants vow to fight a tough protracted guerrilla war against th
updated 19 Sep 2013; published 19 Sep 2013
Life after Taliban: Child soldiers and ex-Taliban militants speak out
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
India mourns Pakistan Taliban Peshawar school massacre
updated 05 Feb 2014; published 05 Feb 2014
Who are the Pakistani Taliban? - Truthloader
updated 20 Jan 2014; published 10 Sep 2008
Pakistan: Islamic Child Militancy - A Major Problem

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The Independent
President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even...
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The Guardian
All eyes were on Gaza in the summer, as Israel subjected the Palestinian people to 51 days of siege and bombardment. What is life like there now that the war is over and the world is no longer watching? ...
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The Miami Herald
The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up...

People who participate in the release operation of two police officers and a soldier, hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, are surrounded by media members as they ride an International Red Cross vehicle at a rural area of Miranda, some 210 miles southwest of Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Feb.14, 2013.
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Colombia’s largest guerrilla group declared on Wednesday it would begin an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, in a challenge to the government to halt hostilities while the two sides continued negotiations toward an end to 50 years of war. But the...
photo: AP / Juan B. Diaz
This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Revolution Against Assad's Regime which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows dead bodies on a street in Aleppo, Syria Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.
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The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said. The discovery brings the number of Shaitat tribal members killed...
photo: AP / Aleppo Revolution Against Assad Regime
In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo on Sunday, March 7, 2010, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il claps during a massive rally Saturday, March 6, 2010, marking the completion of the Vinalon Complex, in Hamhung, North Korea
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North Korea on Wednesday marked the third anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il, ending a traditional period of mourning and setting the stage for his son Kim Jong Un to further entrench himself as the country’s unchallenged...
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Britain's bishop of Durham Justin Welby speaks during a news conference following the announcement that he will become the next archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in London, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
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London, December 17: The first female bishop in the Church of England was announced Wednesday, ending the history of only a male being the bishop of the church. Downing Street announced Wednesday that Rev. Libby Lane will be the new Bishop of...
photo: AP / Matt Dunham
EU Ebola Coordinator and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner
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Up to one million people are at risk of going hungry in West African nations battling the Ebola virus due to border closures, quarantines and crop losses, UN food agencies have said. The deadly haemorrhagic fever that has killed 6,800 people has...
photo: WN / John Sahid
Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House, Islamabad on 27th November, 2013
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December 17: Pakistan PM ends moratorium on death penalty (Second Lead) (18:28) Islamabad, Dec 17 (IANS/EFE) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ended a moratorium on the death penalty in terrorism cases after the Taliban massacred 148 people,...
photo: Press Information Dept. of Pakistan
Engineers work on a model of the Mars rover Curiosity at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.
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Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of earth's neighbour planet, scientists said. The rover also found spurts of...
photo: AP / Damian Dovarganes