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Cuba feels the benefits of being back in favour in Washington

After more than half a century of freezing Cuba out of diplomatic relations the last year has seen an abrupt turnaround between Havana and Washington.

After more than half a century of freezing Cuba out of diplomatic relations the last year has seen an abrupt turnaround between Havana and Washington.

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Turkish parliament ratifies renewed Israeli relationship

The Turkish parliament has ratified a deal made earlier this year between Turkey and Israel ending their six-year long freeze in relations.

The Turkish parliament has ratified a deal made earlier this year between Turkey and Israel ending their six-year long freeze in relations.

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Red Sea bridge to be built linking Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have announced a bridge is to be built across the Red Sea linking the two countries – as well as the continents of Africa and

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have announced a bridge is to be built across the Red Sea linking the two countries – as well as the continents of Africa and

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US-Cuba relations 'moving forward' despite deep divisions

On the two biggest sticking points, the economy and human rights, neither leader appeared to give any ground at a press conference following bilateral talks, but both Obama and Castro remained positiv

On the two biggest sticking points, the economy and human rights, neither leader appeared to give any ground at a press conference following bilateral talks, but both Obama and Castro remained positiv

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Turkey tensions with Iraq over Bashiqa camp troops

The Turkish government has agreed to reorganise its military presence at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq. The deal comes after Baghdad demanded an

The Turkish government has agreed to reorganise its military presence at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq. The deal comes after Baghdad demanded an

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Iran boosts gas export capacity with eye on post-sanctions era

The Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first visit to Iran in eight years has held talks with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Ostensibly for a

The Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first visit to Iran in eight years has held talks with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Ostensibly for a

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EU and US play down differences over response to Ukraine crisis

Reported differences in how to respond to the Ukraine crisis between Europe and the US have appeared at the Munich Security Conference. US Secretary

Reported differences in how to respond to the Ukraine crisis between Europe and the US have appeared at the Munich Security Conference. US Secretary

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Search for peace in Ukraine switches from Moscow to Munich

The violence in Ukraine is dominating the second day of the security conference in Munich. The US Secretary of State John Kerry is in attendance as

The violence in Ukraine is dominating the second day of the security conference in Munich. The US Secretary of State John Kerry is in attendance as

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Malta set to sell citizenships for €650,000 a pop

Malta is set to start selling citizenships for the Mediterranean island – at an exorbitant €650,000 a pop. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the

Malta is set to start selling citizenships for the Mediterranean island – at an exorbitant €650,000 a pop. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the

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Back in the Day: US teenager revives Cold War diplomacy

July 7, 1983. Samantha Smith, a 11-year-old American student, flies with her family to Moscow, upon the personal invitation of Soviet Communist Part

July 7, 1983. Samantha Smith, a 11-year-old American student, flies with her family to Moscow, upon the personal invitation of Soviet Communist Part

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Iran: world 'can only hope for compromise'

The ways of Iran’s rulers have changed a lot over the years. The last monarch of Iran – the Shah – held absolute power, embracing and embraced by the

The ways of Iran’s rulers have changed a lot over the years. The last monarch of Iran – the Shah – held absolute power, embracing and embraced by the

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Russia's biggest puzzle solved in Siberia

Organisers say it is the biggest puzzle Russia has ever seen. A giant jigsaw has been put together in the city of Novosibirsk, in Siberia

Organisers say it is the biggest puzzle Russia has ever seen. A giant jigsaw has been put together in the city of Novosibirsk, in Siberia

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Julian Assange & Wikileaks: Timeline of Events

December 2006: Julian Assange, a former Australian computer hacker, founds Wikileaks.org. The website aims to provide a platform for whistleblowers

December 2006: Julian Assange, a former Australian computer hacker, founds Wikileaks.org. The website aims to provide a platform for whistleblowers

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Russia and Britain: Olympic diplomacy

One needs to go back all the way to the summer of 2003 for the last time Vladimir Putin went to London. Since that meeting with then Prime Minister

One needs to go back all the way to the summer of 2003 for the last time Vladimir Putin went to London. Since that meeting with then Prime Minister

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Condemnation following failed North Korea rocket launch

South Korea remained on high alert on Friday despite the failure of the North’s latest rocket launch, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of

South Korea remained on high alert on Friday despite the failure of the North’s latest rocket launch, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of

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Sanctions on Syria - can they help topple a regime?

Lebanon is the Mediterranean country bordering Syria which is most concerned by the situation there. The former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel

Lebanon is the Mediterranean country bordering Syria which is most concerned by the situation there. The former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel

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Azerbaijan arrests suspect plotters with Iranian link

Azerbaijan has arrested two men suspected of plotting to attack prominent foreigners in the former Soviet republic. It is alleged they were aided

Azerbaijan has arrested two men suspected of plotting to attack prominent foreigners in the former Soviet republic. It is alleged they were aided

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Investors pay to lend money to Germany

Germany is the latest country that investors are paying to lend it money.   As it sold 3.9 billion euros worth of short term government bonds

Germany is the latest country that investors are paying to lend it money.   As it sold 3.9 billion euros worth of short term government bonds

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China and S Korea discuss trade and changing neighbours

Whilst South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak is in China on a state visit, nuclear envoys from both countries will also meet to discuss stability in

Whilst South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak is in China on a state visit, nuclear envoys from both countries will also meet to discuss stability in

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Israel war crimes question festers

Consuelo Maldonado, euronews: Gilles Devers, you are the spokesman for a group of lawyers who, in 2009, filed a complaint of war crimes against

Consuelo Maldonado, euronews: Gilles Devers, you are the spokesman for a group of lawyers who, in 2009, filed a complaint of war crimes against

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Euro crisis and visas on EU-Russia agenda

President Dimitry Medvedev will hold top level talks today with European Union presidents in Brussels against the backdrop of Russian electoral fraud

President Dimitry Medvedev will hold top level talks today with European Union presidents in Brussels against the backdrop of Russian electoral fraud

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How the IAEA report on Iran triggered a new wave of sanctions

European Union foreign ministers are discussing imposing sanctions on Iranian oil exports bound for Europe as they meet in Brussels on December 1

European Union foreign ministers are discussing imposing sanctions on Iranian oil exports bound for Europe as they meet in Brussels on December 1

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'New chapter' in India-Pakistan engagements

Almost three years of frosty relations between India and Pakistan looks set to thaw after the leaders of both countries held a one-on-one meeting in

Almost three years of frosty relations between India and Pakistan looks set to thaw after the leaders of both countries held a one-on-one meeting in

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Taiwan marks 100 years of Republic of China

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou calls on Beijing to recognise the existence of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s formal name, and to respect his

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou calls on Beijing to recognise the existence of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s formal name, and to respect his