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White House warns President-elect Donald Trump over reversing detente policy with Cuba

As President-elect Donald Trump threatened to “terminate” the detente policy with Cuba, the White House Tuesday warned that reversing historic rapprochement would have “significant” diplomatic, economic and cultural costs. The policy is considered as one of the foreign policy legacies of outgoing President Barack Obama. Trump Monday threatened in a tweet to put an end to the detente policy. “If ... Read More »

MH17 flight shot down by Buk launcher supplied from Russia: Dutch probe

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival ... Read More »

Colombia signs historic peace deal with FARC rebels ending long conflict

Colombia’s government and its largest rebel movement signed a historic peace accord Monday in an emotional ceremony that seeks to put an end to a half-century of combat and put the war-weary nation on the path to reconciliation. President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, signed the agreement before a crowd of ... Read More »

Russian Meteor: Chelyabinsk Cleaning Up After Meteor Blast

A day after a massive meteor exploded over this city in central Russia, a monumental cleanup effort is under way. Authorities have deployed around 24,000 troops and emergencies responders to help in the effort. Officials say more than a million square feet of windows — the size of about 20 football fields — were shattered by the shockwave from the ... Read More »

Dad pays 14-year-old daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A father makes his 14-year-old daughter sign a contract that means for a mere $200 she will not be on Facebook for five months. He is paying in installments. The agreement as posted on Baier’s blog. If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate ... Read More »

Total eclipse puts Australia’s sun havens in the shade

Tropical north Queensland darkened by spectacle, with break in cloud cover giving tens of thousands of visitors a clear view From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers have watched as the sun, moon and Earth ... Read More »

Sunita Williams voted for US elections by absentee ballot

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, currently in space floating around in zero-gravity, voted for US presidential elections by absentee ballot. Sunita, along with flight engineer Kevin Ford, exercised her franchise in July while stationed in Russia even before heading up to the station aboard Soyuz ships launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The other four members of the station’s current Expedition 33 ... Read More »