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Cuban President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama talk during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on April, 11. The Obama administration onFriday removed Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a crucial step in normalizing ties between Washington and Havana and the latest progress in Obama's push to thaw relations between the U.S. and the island nation. [New York Times]

Q&A: Here's what it means now that Cuba is off the list of state sponsors of terrorism

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department's formally removed Cuba from its official list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move signals a significant, symbolic step toward the normalization of ties between Washington and Havana and the potential opening of embassies in both countries. Cuba's status as a "state spons …


  1. Senate surveillance bill passes hurdle, but showdown looms


    WASHINGTON — The Senate headed into a showdown Tuesday over efforts by defense hawks to blunt new controls on government spying, with many senators appearing ready to defy House warnings against changing a bill to curtail telephone surveillance.

  2. World War I heroes — one black, one Jewish — finally receive Medal of Honor


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday to two World War I Army soldiers who may have been denied the top military honor in the past because of discrimination. "It's never too late to say thank you," Obama said.

    President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Elsie Shemin-Roth, center, and Ina Bass on behalf of their late father, Army Sgt. William Shemin, for actions while serving in France during World War I, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. [Getty Images]
  3. More than 400 missing after ship sinks in China's Yangtze (w/video)


    BEIJING — A small cruise ship sank overnight in China's Yangtze River during a storm, leaving at least one person dead and nearly 450 people missing, most of them elderly, state media said today. Ten people were rescued, the state media reports said.

    Rescue workers stand on the ship that capsized overnight on the Yangtze River, leaving more than 400 people missing. Search teams reported hearing sounds coming from inside the ship.
  4. Supreme Court allows suit by Muslim woman who says head scarf cost her a job


    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday fortified a federal law requiring accommodations for employees and job-seekers because of their religious beliefs.

    Samantha Elauf, right, with her mother, Majda Elauf, both of Tulsa, Okla., are shown outside the U.S. Supreme Court in February after the court heard arguments in Samantha Elauf’s EEOC case against Abercrombie and Fitch.
  5. Suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar province kill 41 from security forces


    BAGHDAD — Three Islamic State suicide bombers targeted a police base in Iraq's western Anbar province with explosives-laden Humvees on Monday, killing at least 41 police and Shiite militiamen, officials said.

    Fighters from the Badr Brigades Shiite militia clash with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, on Monday.