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Cheering Cubans greet first cruise ship from US in decades

May 3 2016 - 1:00am || Comments

HAVANA — Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.

  • | Posted: Mar 4 2016 - 1:31am

    GENEVA (AP) — A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week’s planned resumption of Geneva peace talks.

  • | Posted: Mar 4 2016 - 1:31am

    ROME (AP) — A top Vatican official vowed Thursday to work to put an end to the rash of suicides in his Australian hometown over the church sex abuse scandal after meeting with victims and acknowledging that he failed to act on an abuse allegation decades ago.

  • | Posted: Mar 4 2016 - 1:31am

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — An American adventurer said Thursday that he discovered part of an aircraft on a sandbar off the coast of Mozambique and initially thought it was from a small plane, and not from a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared two years ago with 239 people aboard.

  • | Posted: Mar 3 2016 - 1:31am

    UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

  • | Posted: Mar 2 2016 - 1:30am

    HAVANA — The Rolling Stones announced Tuesday that the group will play a free concert in Havana on March 25, becoming the most famous act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

  • | Posted: Mar 2 2016 - 1:30am

    KINSIBBA, Syria — Artillery shells struck near the main street of a Syrian village controlled by the government on Tuesday, sending international reporters diving for cover and highlighting the fragility of a partial cease-fire that both sides in the civil war say has been repeatedly violated.

  • Posted: Mar 1 2016 - 1:31am

    Europe’s crisis worsens: Migrants face razor wire, tear gas

  • | Posted: Feb 29 2016 - 1:30am

    China isn’t just contending with falling stocks, a plunging currency and a slowing economy.

  • | Posted: Feb 29 2016 - 1:30am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian reformists appear have won all 30 seats representing the nation’s capital in parliament, a definitive rebuke to the hard-liners opposing President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to increase economic openness and cooperate with the West.

  • | Posted: Feb 29 2016 - 1:30am

    SHANGHAI — Finance officials of the world’s biggest economies promised Saturday to use “all tools” to shore up sagging global growth and to avoid devaluing their currencies to increase exports, but made no pledges of joint action.

  • Posted: Feb 28 2016 - 1:30am

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Activists alleging that decades of neglect and authorities’ repeated failure to make good on cleanup promises have effectively killed one of Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic waterways staged Saturday a symbolic burial of the Guanabara Bay, the sewage-filled waters where Olympic sailing competitions are to be held.

  • | Posted: Feb 28 2016 - 1:30am

    BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire brought relative quiet to parts of Syria for the first time in years on Saturday, offering civilians rare respite from Russian and Syrian government airstrikes despite some limited breaches of the agreement brokered by Washington and Moscow.

  • | Posted: Feb 26 2016 - 1:30am

    CALAIS, France — A French court on Thursday gave the state the green light to raze tents and lean-tos sheltering hundreds of migrants in a sprawling slum camp in Calais, where thousands dream of getting to Britain.

  • | Posted: Feb 25 2016 - 1:31am

    TRACH, Cambodia — It’s been a busy morning for Cletus, Meynard, Victoria and others of their furry band. Tiny noses and long whiskers twitching, they’ve scurried and sniffed their way across 775 square meters (8,300 square feet) of fields to eliminate a scourge that has killed thousands of Cambodians: land mines.

  • | Posted: Feb 25 2016 - 1:30am

    BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in the Syria conflict, including President Bashar Assad, ahead of a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, as the opposition voiced concerns that the truce due to begin later this week will only benefit the Syrian government.