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Cuba embargo under pressure as Obama urged to pull down barriers

A political consensus against trade with communist Cuba that has prevailed in Washington for half a century is showing signs of cracking.

White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

The CIA's top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Barack Obama's surprise visit with U.S. troops.

Obama not seeking plans for US troops to rescue Nigerian girls

The situation, like the Syrian civil war and the conflicts in South Sudan and elsewhere, pits humanitarian instincts against hard realities for a U.S. administration wary of foreign entanglements in the wake of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

US Senate panel approves Venezuela sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday greenlighted new sanctions on Venezuelan officials responsible for violent crackdowns against anti-government student protesters that have left 42 people dead.

How would George Kennan respond to Nicaragua’s ‘military dependency’ on Russia?

A serious national security problem is emerging in the Caribbean Basin, much neglected by Washington. Banging the final nail in the coffin of the Monroe Doctrine, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is joining China in building a trans-oceanic canal through Nicaragua, as well as a military supply facility.

Uruguay’s Mujica to Obama: Tobacco is ‘murder’

U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris sued Uruguay for $25 million at the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Obama announces members of US delegation who will attend Luis Guillermo Solís inauguration

Obama – who like Solís came to office as an underdog riding on a campaign of hope and promises of political change – will not personally attend, and instead is sending a three-person delegation led by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama hits back hard at foreign policy critics

MANILA, Philippines – U.S. President Barack Obama's frustration is spilling over as he makes the most strident defense of his foreign policy yet, rebuking critics who say his diplomacy is haphazard, weak and blurs U.S. national security red lines.

Majority of Costa Ricans approve of US leadership for the first time since 2010

On U.S. leadership, Costa Rica had the second highest approval rating of any country surveyed in the region, behind only Haiti, according to a Gallup survey of 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Jokin’ with the Pope

Pope Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama share a laugh while exchanging gifts before a private audience on Thursday at the Vatican. The meeting...

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