Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:36 GMT
With the momentous decision to resume ties, both President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba now have victories to point to, and concessions to explain.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:28:07 GMT
If the arrest of a U.S. contractor in Cuba sent a chill through American-Cuban relations, his release has helped open the way for a diplomatic breakthrough.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:06:22 GMT
The U.S. will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, officials said.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:50:13 GMT
The country’s Finance Ministry said it was prepared to sell as much as $7 billion of its foreign currency reserves to support the ruble, which an official called “extremely undervalued.”
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:56:33 GMT
The precipitous fall in the Russian ruble has already rattled investors. Concerns are mounting that bond troubles of big energy companies in emerging markets will unleash a new wave of market contagion.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:28:21 GMT
Amid tensions over Ukraine, France continues to delay the delivery of a Mistral-class warship, one of two ordered by Russia and built in the French port city of Saint-Nazaire.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:29:30 GMT
The impact of the currency turmoil on Central and Eastern European nations will depend on how much each country relies on Russian trade and visitors.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:29:10 GMT
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked why Man Haron Monis had been dropped from a terrorism watchlist around 2009 and had been granted permanent residency.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:02:41 GMT
At least 10 people, including five civilians, were killed in the attack on a branch of Kabul Bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:35 GMT
The Obama administration, seeking to cut off oil to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, imposed penalties on five people and six companies.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:53:14 GMT
A decision to reverse the European Union’s designation of the group came amid a swell of opinion in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:28:25 GMT
The trip, which is to begin later this week, seems designed to send a message of solidarity with the three affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:13:30 GMT
But allegations of murder and torture were fabricated, according to an official inquiry into what happened to those captured in a battle in Iraq in 2004.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:30 GMT
The university had received threats of attacks because of articles that Takashi Uemura wrote about women forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:23:19 GMT
Just weeks after church authorities took the final step to reverse centuries of canon law, it appointed Ms. Lane, a priest for 20 years, as bishop of Stockport.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:14:09 GMT
Antiquities around the world, but especially in war zones, are increasingly under pressure, leading preservationists to call for more protections.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:46:29 GMT
The currency's meltdown reactivated other latent fears about the eurozone economy, slower growth in emerging markets and continuing violence in Ukraine.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:14:34 GMT
Gen. Raheel Sharif went to Afghanistan to seek help in locating the Pakistani Taliban commanders who orchestrated the Peshawar school massacre.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:44:15 GMT
The man in western China was the 134th person to self-immolate in protest of Chinese rule over Tibetan areas, Radio Free Asia reported.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:03:01 GMT
Rights groups have called on the United Nations to halt its counternarcotics aid to the country because of its mandatory death penalty for drug crimes.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:51:44 GMT
The Marine’s request came as the United States intensified negotiations with the Iranians on their disputed nuclear program.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:48:51 GMT
As Russia faced a currency crisis that prompted bickering among some top presidential allies, consumers afraid of losing their savings flooded stores, rushing to dump rubles.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:02 GMT
The case has drawn criticism from human rights groups who accused the government of using the trial to warn other people against expressing dissent.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:00:59 GMT
An auction system that helped make flowers as synonymous with the Dutch identity as wooden shoes and windmills is being buffeted by a variety of forces.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:26:42 GMT
A scion of the Isaías family who was banned from entering the United States had the ban waived after her family poured tens of thousands into Democratic coffers.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:33:39 GMT
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings in the central city of Rada, but suspicion fell on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:29:20 GMT
Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had made “no determinations” about efforts toward Security Council resolutions on the Middle East.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:53:18 GMT
The report from European Union election observers offered the fullest picture yet of the allegations of fraud that plagued the election.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:02:38 GMT
Members of the upper house of Parliament are facing outrage over reports that they rejected a proposal to save money on lawmakers’ bubbly.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:50:24 GMT
After Scotland won more powers in its rejection of independence, the burning question now is deciding how to deal with measures that concern only England.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:02:28 GMT
The president’s spokesman said Mr. Obama would sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at blocking Russian state firms from Western financing and technology while also providing $350 million in military aid to Ukraine.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:58:31 GMT
The authorities said the autopsy would be carried out to counter speculation after the sudden death on Saturday of the lawmaker, Andreas Schockenhoff.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:53:47 GMT
Ten members of Lehava, a far-right Jewish group, were arrested on suspicion of incitement and calls for acts of violence motivated by racism, a day after three were arrested in an arson case.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:42:36 GMT
Formally founded in 2007, a group traces its roots to cross-border radicalization spread by the Afghan Taliban and fighters from Al Qaeda.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:58:21 GMT
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamist party has injected religion into many aspects of Turkish life, has celebrated an increase in enrollment at religious schools to almost a million from 63,000 during his 12 years in power.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:54:34 GMT
At least 4,868 people have perished so far this year, over double the 2,400 deaths recorded last year, the International Organization for Migration reported.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:50:34 GMT
Sweden has asked the United Nations to reopen an investigation to establish whether an aerial attack brought down the secretary general’s plane over a mining town in Africa.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:06:29 GMT
Raúl Salinas de Gortari has been cleared of charges of illicit enrichment, ending his two decades of legal battles over charges ranging from money laundering to murder.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:13:07 GMT
Austrian forensics experts will need at least two months to see if they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre in Mexico, they said Tuesday.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:11:28 GMT
Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the legalization of same-sex marriage will be put to a public referendum in May.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:10:47 GMT
An administrative court on Tuesday overturned a special committee’s decisions to seize the assets of Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:41:18 GMT
The Israeli military said soldiers opened fire after explosives were thrown at them in the Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:28:56 GMT
As the government plans spending cuts, lawmakers are resisting efforts to reduce their budget as well.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:44:26 GMT
In this short documentary, Afghan soldiers struggle to fight an ongoing insurgency, as United States and NATO troops withdraw.
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:30:32 GMT
Israel should see European support for Palestinian statehood as a step toward a peace deal, not a threat.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:57:22 GMT
A Vietnamese woman who had lived in the area for more than 20 years helped introduce other Vietnamese women for local marriages, collecting thousands of dollars in matchmaking fees. By late November, more than 100 of the women had vanished.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:00:02 GMT
A new book by John Osburg, “Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among China’s New Rich,” paints a rich picture of the complex ways in which men and women try to buy favors and get ahead in business ventures, often by courting government officials at night clubs and often over drinking and sex.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:36:53 GMT
The BBC journalist’s latest work, “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia,” addresses the history, politics and energy resources of the sea that has become central to China’s foreign policy.
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:06:01 GMT
Explore the Times investigation on secret casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons, and the Pentagon’s response, including follow-up care for those exposed.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:02:54 GMT
Maria Turchenkova has tried to cover both sides in Ukraine, going from being an amateur fumbling with her camera to making compelling pictures in the contested region.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:02:04 GMT
Adele Levine, a former physical therapist in the amputee clinic at Walter Reed, writes that caring for wounded soldiers at the height of the Iraq and Afghan wars felt overwhelming at times. But she says clinic life was also happy, and surprisingly, funny.