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  • Mitsubishi Materials apologizes for WWII slavery Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:58 AM ET
    The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Mitsubishi Materials became the first major Japanese company to apologize for using captured U.S. soldiers as slave laborers during WWII.

  • Timeline of key dates in US relations with Cuba Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    Timeline of key events in U.S.- Cuba relations:. —THE START: Fidel Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba on Jan 1, 1959. —STANDOFF: The U.S. declares an embargo on most exports to Cuba in October 1960 and breaks diplomatic relations in January 1961.

  • WASHINGTON— Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington, signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.- Cuba relations. Kerry said he would visit Cuba on Aug. 14 to preside over a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Despite the historic events, there remain issues that continue to vex the...

  • At the solemn ceremony hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, James Murphy of Santa Maria, California, accepted the apology he had sought for 70 years on behalf of U.S. Hikaru Kimura, senior executive officer for Mitsubishi Materials Corp., said through a translator that the company offered a "most remorseful apology" to...

  • Chattanooga death toll climbs as mourning grows Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team work the scene of a shooting in the parking lot of the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard recruitment office on July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    One by one, portraits of the Tennessee-based Marines shot by a gunman have emerged, The New York Times reports.

  • MH17: One year on Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 7:41 AM ET
    Ukrainian rescue servicemen look through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

    Flight MH17 was shot down a year ago. We recap the events and how the Ukrainian crisis has changed since then.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's proposed bailout cleared further key hurdles Friday after German lawmakers overwhelmingly gave their backing to another financial rescue and the European Union said it would release a short-term loan to ensure Athens avoids a debt default. In a statement, the European Stability Mechanism said it approved a "decision to grant, in...

  • MANILA, Philippines— The new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet assured allies Friday that American forces are well equipped and ready to respond to any contingency in the South China Sea, where long-seething territorial disputes have set off widespread uncertainties. Asked how many resources the U.S. military is ready to devote to the South China Sea, Swift...

  • ATHENS, July 16- Greece awoke with a political hangover on Thursday after parliament approved a stringent bailout programme, thanks to the votes of the pro-European opposition, amid the worst protest violence this year. The European Central Bank's governing council, meeting in Frankfurt, was expected to ease its funding squeeze on shuttered Greek banks, the...

  • Greece seeks relief from lenders after first bailout test Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece got a triple dose of good news on Thursday, when creditors agreed to open talks on a third bailout package, to give the country an interim loan to cover its debts, and to provide more support to its shuttered banks. Greece's fellow states in the 19- country eurozone said they were willing to open talks on a new rescue package worth 85 billion...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference a day after Iran and six world powers...

  • Ukraine leader blasts Greek 'brinkmanship game' Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks at the first U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum, co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Commerce, July 13, 2015, in Washington.

    "It's entirely different cases," says Ukraine's Arseniy Yatsenyuk of his own country and Greece. "And we do not blackmail anyone."

  • Saudi media attack Iran deal as assault on Arab interests Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    Riyadh's official reaction to the deal was a terse statement that welcomed any agreement that would ensure Iran could not develop a nuclear arsenal, but stressed the importance of tough inspections and the ability to reimpose sanctions quickly. In private, however, Saudi officials fear an Iran released from international pressure and economic sanctions...

  • Has the sun set on Africa’s growth story? Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 1:51 AM ET
    Employees of a cocoa export company pile up sacks in a packaging factory in the Ivory Coast.

    Sub-Saharan Africa has been the darling of frontier market investors for several years. However, a combination of factors could see its appeal for investors wane.

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, July 12- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to begin a bruising week by clearing out party rebels opposed to an austerity package that will have to go through parliament within days, people close to the government say. With Greece's future in the euro zone in the balance and European partners demanding immediate action to rebuild broken...

  • WASHINGTON, July 8- Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity," according to the text of a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An official familiar with the bill said it was sent to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • WASHINGTON, July 8- Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online "terrorist activity," according to the text of a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and seen by Reuters on Wednesday. An official familiar with the bill said it was sent to the Senate floor for a vote.

  • WITNESS-A front-row seat as Libya's hopes faded Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 5:48 AM ET

    But the episode shows how Libya had changed since rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in August 2011. Back then, young fighters in Tripoli had celebrated into the night after they seized Gaddafi's Bab Aziziya compound. Libya is split between two rival governments: an official one, which has decamped to Tobruk in the east, and an unrecognized one in the capital Tripoli.