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  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. While international relations can be subject to laws passed by Congress, the White House enjoys broad discretion in diplomatic recognition.

  • FACTBOX-How Obama will relax U.S. Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    Dec 17- President Barack Obama moved on Wednesday to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, a shift the White House said was needed because the long-standing U.S. embargo against the communist-ruled island has failed to promote democracy and has hurt the Cuban people. *U.S. officials will discuss maritime boundaries with Cuba and Mexico in the Gulf of...

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Kerry: Sanctions could end if Putin does right Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in London December 16, 2014.

    The secretary of state says sanctions could be lifted in days if Putin lives up to commitments under ceasefire accords to end the Ukraine conflict.

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of much-lower oil prices are quite unfortunate," said Sebastien Galy, senior foreign exchange analyst at Societe Generale in New York. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that...

  • *Moscow stock markets plunge, but U.S., Europe turn higher. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that level in a plunge of more than 4 percent to plumb a July 2009 low. "There's a whole lot of things going on, from the options trade in WTI to the position squaring in Brent, that's helping oil prices get some upward traction here,"...

  • European shares stage late rebound as rouble recovers Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry, who said Russia had made constructive moves towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine. With Western economic sanctions and falling oil prices crippling the Russian economy, Kerry's comments were seen as a sign relations between the United States and Russia might become more constructive. "John Kerry... made all the...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Russia has made constructive moves in recent days towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine, U.S. Speaking in London, Kerry said the United States and Europe were ready to ease sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin took more steps to deescalate tensions in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's separatist east passed the night into...

  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190...

  • UN climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— U.N. global warming talks head into their last scheduled day Friday with rich and poor countries arguing over what kind of climate action plans they should present in the run-up to a key summit in Paris next year. How to divide the emissions cuts that many scientists say are needed to avoid dangerous levels of warming is a major sticking point in the...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged countries at U.N. climate talks in Lima to move away from using fossil fuels while demonstrators gathered outside the meeting urged him to reject the Keystone oil pipeline. As Kerry delivered a 30- minute speech trying to inject momentum into difficult UN climate negotiations, environmentalists stood outside...

  • LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. "We don't have that kind of process going on with India," U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference during Dec. 1-12 talks among 190 nations in Lima on ways to...

  • U.S. says no China-style climate deal in works for India Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. China is the top greenhouse gas emitter, ahead of the United States, the European Union and India. Under a joint U.S.- China announcement last month, the United...

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal, due in...

  • US sending Kerry, adding to focus on climate talks Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    LIMA, Peru— The United States is putting an extra focus on U.N. climate talks by sending an unusually high-ranking official to the sessions in Peru: Secretary of State John Kerry. U.S. officials in Washington confirm Kerry is expected in Lima on Thursday, the penultimate scheduled day of negotiations. The Lima talks are meant to produce a draft for a hoped-for...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 3- U.S. and EU leaders will on Wednesday pledge to work together on sanctions and on strengthening the energy security of Europe and Ukraine, as they seek to present a united front to Russia, a draft document said. Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz are in Brussels for talks after a year in which the United States has led the...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 3- U.S. and EU leaders on Wednesday will pledge to work together on sanctions and on strengthening Europe and Ukraine's energy security as they seek to present a united front to Russia, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Throughout the year, the United States has led the push for tougher sanctions, while many governments in Europe, afraid...

  • *Israel says Iran must not become "nuclear threshold state". VIENNA, Nov 23- Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday's deadline for a deal to resolve a 12- year stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said. The talks in Vienna aim for an accord that could transform the Middle East, open the...