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Obama: US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter' in Cuba ties

Obama: Opening of US embassy in Havana marks ' new chapter' in ties with Cuba
Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.

The embassy agreement marks the biggest tangible step toward normalizing relations since the surprise announcement in December that the two countries were restarting diplomatic ties. The posts in Washington and Havana are scheduled to open July 20, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said.

Obama: US embassy in Havana marks 'new chapter' in Cuba ties

Obama: Opening of US embassy in Havana marks ' new chapter' in ties with Cuba
Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a "new chapter" in relations after a half-century of hostility.

"We don't have to be imprisoned by the past," Obama said from White House Rose Garden. "Americans and Cubans alike are ready to move forward."

Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks

Despite Ukraine crisis, Russian-US co-operation alive and well at Iran nuclear talks
George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.

Despite a chill over the Ukraine crisis that has spread to almost every element of their relationship, Moscow and Washington continue to find common cause on one of the most pressing issues on the global agenda — a deal to prevent Iran from being able to make nuclear weapons.

For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart

What are the options if it all falls apart? War, chaos ... or more talks
Dan Perry And George Jahn, The Associated Press

CAIRO - The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.

France: Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode at any time

French minister warns that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode 'at any moment'
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press

France's foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode "at any moment" and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time.

Laurent Fabius told a group of reporters that "if and when it explodes, it's very, very, very problematic for the whole region and for the world."

Fabius said that "every radical group," especially in Gaza, can take advantage of the deadlocked peace process, and it would be lamentable if the Islamic State group — "the most radical of the radicals" — used this as a pretext for violence.

Jimmy Carter hopes the play 'Camp David' comes to Broadway

Former President Jimmy Carter hopes Lawrence Wright's play 'Camp David' comes to Broadway
Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jimmy Carter has been a governor, the nation's commander in chief and a Nobel Prize winner. One thing he still would like to see is himself on a Broadway stage.

The 39th president is hoping Lawrence Wright's play "Camp David" can find a Broadway theatre and remind New York audiences about the bravery that went into the landmark 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

Anger, no surprise as US newly accused of spying in France

Anger, no surprises as US is accused of spying on an ally - this time, France
Lori Hinnant And Angela Charlton, The Associated Press

PARIS - Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and angered by new evidence of uninhibited American spying, France demanded answers Wednesday and called for an intelligence "code of conduct" between allies.

Syria's Assad makes rare appearance at rally

Syria's president makes rare public appearance at rally of his supporters
Albert Aji,Elizabeth A. Kennedy, The Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad joined thousands of his supporters Wednesday in an extremely rare public appearance, telling a pro-regime rally in the capital that the "conspiracy" against his country will fail.

Dressed more casually than usual in a jacket but no tie, the president told the cheering crowd that he wanted to draw strength from them. Security guards surrounded him as supporters waved his portrait and raised Syrian flags.

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