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Analysis: Obama Sees Tide Shifting in Cuba, but Can It Last?

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 13:36
For a few short days, President Barack Obama was America's man in Havana

Analysis: Obama sees tide shifting in Cuba, but can it last?

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 13:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few short days, President Barack Obama was America's man in Havana, his challenges to President Raul Castro stunning Cuban citizens who mused openly in the streets about the possibility of political change.

BYO handgun? GOP convention could be the next gun rights battleground

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 10:43

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to allow the open carry of firearms at the Republican National Convention this July. The petition was launched Monday, March 21 with a goal of 5,000 signatures, which it reached by Thursday.

Pentagon chief used personal email account until December

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 10:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department.

Some Sanders supporters say it’s ‘Bernie or Bust’ and they will never vote for Hillary Clinton

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:52
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets his supporters as he arrives at a rally at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington March 20, 2016. Bernie Sanders has dubbed his presidential campaign a “political revolution,” but some of his supporters are rebelling against the very party he is hoping to lead. A voluble group of diehard Sanders backers is vowing online that it’s “Bernie or Bust,” saying they will never support his presidential primary opponent — and, at this point, likely Democratic nominee — Hillary Clinton.

Belgium charges suspected Brussels airport bomber

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 06:23

Belgium on Saturday charged a man believed to be the fugitive third Brussels airport bomber with terrorism murder, in a breakthrough for security forces facing criticism for letting suspects slip through the net. A huge manhunt netted the suspect officially identified as Faycal C -- and identified by local media as Faycal Cheffou -- and investigators are now working on the theory that he could be the man in a hat and white jacket pictured with two other airport bombers, but whose device failed to go off. Brussels airport said it will not reopen before Tuesday at the earliest as it implements new security measures and repairs the departure hall wrecked by the bombers, believed to be from the Islamic State group.

Wrong number? Trump's TV telephone interviews in spotlight

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 04:37

In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump's fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. ...

Easter delivery: Cargo ship arrives at space station

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 04:09

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The six astronauts at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat this weekend with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments.

Obama stirs calls for change in Cuba. Can it last?

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 03:39

"We shouldn't kid ourselves that they're going to all of a sudden tolerate dissent," said one observer.

Obama: Stigmatizing Muslims 'plays into hands' of jihadists

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 02:36

President Barack Obama has urged Americans not to stigmatize Muslims following this week's deadly attacks in Brussels, saying that doing so is "counterproductive" in the fight against radical Islam. In his weekly media address, Obama said Muslim-Americans are "our most important partners in the nation's fight against those who would wage violent jihad. "That's why we have to reject any attempt to stigmatize Muslim-Americans, and their enormous contributions to our country and our way of life," Obama said.

Rolling Stones unleash rock and roll on massive Cuban crowd

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 23:07

The Rolling Stones unleashed two hours of shrieking, thundering rock and roll on an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands of Cubans and foreign visitors Friday night, capping one of the most momentous ...

Rolling Stones unleash rock and roll on massive Cuban crowd

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 21:59

HAVANA (AP) — The Rolling Stones unleashed two hours of shrieking, thundering rock and roll on an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands of Cubans and foreign visitors Friday night, capping one of the most momentous weeks in modern Cuban history with a massive celebration of music that was once forbidden here.

N. Korea video depicts imagined submarine attack on Washington

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 21:23

North Korea released a new propaganda video Saturday titled "Last Chance", showing a submarine-launched nuclear missile laying waste to Washington and concluding with the US flag in flames. The video was published on the North's propaganda website DPRK Today and shows images from the Korean War, the capture of US spy ship Pueblo in 1968 and the first crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme in the early 1990s. The threats have turned increasingly personal, and North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday watched a live-fire long-range artillery drill simulating a strike on the official residence of his South Korean counterpart.

Pentagon to propose boosting US military presence in Iraq

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 15:44

The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future, a top US military official said Friday. "We have a series of recommendations that we will discuss with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces," said General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "(Defense Secretary Ashton Carter) and I both believe that there will be an increase in US forces in Iraq in coming weeks, but that decision hasn't been made," Dunford said Friday during a news conference at the Pentagon.

Cuban agents brutalize democracy protesters after Obama visit

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:59
On Thursday, pro-democracy demonstrators in Havana were beaten and arrested by Cuban police agents just steps away from where Obama had addressed the nation.

US teen describes surviving Boston and Belgium attacks

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:58

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — An American teenager wounded in the Brussels Airport attack is lucky to be alive. And he knows it.

Cruz blames Trump for National Enquirer story about affairs

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:43

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump at campaign stops earlier this year The already ugly race for the Republican presidential nomination took yet another nasty turn Friday, as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused rival Donald Trump of planting a National Enquirer story that alleged he has had multiple extramarital affairs. Published Thursday after weeks of rumors about the leader of the anti-Trump movement in the GOP primary, the story rumbled through the political world and burst onto Twitter, where some users have played a parlor game trying to identify the women. “For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you there is no low Donald won’t go… Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking.” Trump, in a statement, insisted he had nothing to do with the story. “I have no idea whether or not the cover story about Ted Cruz in this week’s issue of the National Enquirer is true or not, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it, and have not, as yet, read it,” Trump said.

Belgian police shoot suspect in Europe-wide terror raids

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:42

Belgian police shot a suspect as part of a huge European terror crackdown that netted several arrests Friday as France's president said a jihadist network that targeted both Paris and Brussels was being "destroyed". Grieving Belgians held prayers in the rain in a central Brussels square carpeted with flowers and tributes to the 31 dead and 300 wounded in Tuesday's carnage in Brussels, but there was also growing anger at the government for letting a string of militants slip through the net. The raids came as under-fire Belgian investigators uncovered alarming new evidence of a European jihadist cell tied to the bombings at Brussels' airport and metro, November's Paris attacks and a new French plot.

Panetta says ‘reckless’ Trump, Cruz hurt U.S. overseas

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:26

Former defense secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that he regularly talks to officials around the world who are repulsed by “deeply reckless” rhetoric on national security from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his rival Ted Cruz. The former CIA director, speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, did not name the foreign dignitaries in question.

Garland nomination fight centers around disrespect for Obama, not the judge

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:40

How do you get the Democratic base fired up about nominating a moderate white man in his 60s to the Supreme Court? The progressive groups leading the charge in support of Merrick Garland’s nomination think they’ve found the answer. In social media blasts and in-person calls to action around the country, they are casting Republicans’ near-unanimous refusal to consider President Obama’s nominee as part of a history of disrespect and disdain shown to the president — a disrespect that is racially motivated.