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Historic breakthrough in US-Cuba relations

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WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in ... Read More »

Record number of asylum seeker deaths at sea in 2014: International Organisation for Migration

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Six migrants floated in the freezing ocean in September, desperately trying not to slip under the thrashing waves. They had just watched 500 people drown in a small, unseaworthy boat captained by people smugglers who had since deserted them. The Age – Sarah Whyte, Immigration correspondent The Palestinians, Syrians and Egyptians were plucked from the ocean by rescue authorities. They later told ... Read More »

Three arrested after raid on ‘slave’ factory in Rochdale

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Police say 20 eastern Europeans were being paid £25 for working an 80-hour week at site in Greater Manchester Press Association – The Guardian Three suspected slave masters are under arrest after a raid on a factory rescued 20 eastern Europeans working 80-hour weeks for £25 pay. The raid on the premises in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, came during an ongoing ... Read More »

Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed

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Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analysed by scientists. Rebecca Morelle – Science Correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism. The findings ... Read More »

UN: Tens of thousands dead in S Sudan war

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Security Council says feuding leaders “personal ambitions” fomented crisis, as nation marks one year since start of war. Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of war and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions” ahead of the young nation’s future, the UN secretary-general has said. Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s leaders to agree ... Read More »

Q&A: what we can learn from the Sydney siege, and what next

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The Conversation spoke with counter-terrorism expert Clarke Jones of the Australian National University to understand the right response for the media, politicians and law enforcement agencies. The media was quick to report this as an “act of terror”. Do we need to be more careful about what we label as “terrorism”? Without a doubt. If you look at the international ... Read More »

The Council on Foreign Relations Honors Kissinger Critic

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CFR named Gary J. Bass’s The Blood Telegram the best book on international relations of 2014. The National Interest – Zachary Keck On November 4, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, hosted Henry Kissinger as the final speaker in a series of day-long panels looking at the history of the Cold War. Haass said that in havingKissinger as ... Read More »