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Cuba demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US ties

Cuba demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US ties

(ALJAZEERA) CUBAN President Raul Castro demanded that the United States return the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro also said the US should lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages in ... Read More »

King Abdullah dead: Oil prices jump as death of Saudi king fuels uncertainty in markets

King Abdullah dead: Oil prices jump as death of Saudi king fuels uncertainty in markets

(THE INDEPENDENT) Oil prices jumped today following the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the age of 90. Brent crude futures rose to a high of $49.80 a barrel shortly after opening before easing back to $49.30 a barrel by 0650 GMT, up ... Read More »

Rough weather hampers AirAsia Flight QZ8501 search

Rough weather hampers AirAsia Flight QZ8501 search

(CNN)Divers searching in the depths of the Java Sea for wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 say big waves on the surface aren’t the only difficulty they’re facing. They also can’t see in front of them down on the sea floor. The diving teams who made ... Read More »

AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia plane search resumes

AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia plane search resumes

The missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 is likely to be at the bottom of the sea, the head of Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency has said. Bambang Soelistyo said the hypothesis was based on the co-ordinates of the plane when contact with it was lost. The search ... Read More »

Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations

Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations

Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance. Snowden, who is in exile in Russia, addressed the parliament by video from Moscow. In a symbolic gesture, ... Read More »

Bringing Education to African Girls

Bringing Education to African Girls

By CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE THE HAGUE — Two decades ago, when Ann Cotton, a British educator and philanthropist, started examining the problem of low school enrollment among girls in rural Zimbabwe, she was struck by the crushing poverty, which to her presented an even bigger ... Read More »

For Africans, getting to the Winter Olympics is 99 percent of the battle

For Africans, getting to the Winter Olympics is 99 percent of the battle

In the entire history of the Winter Olympics, the continent of Africa has never won a single medal, and that almost certainly won’t change over the next few weeks in Sochi. But despite that absence of hardware, the story of the small group of athletes ... Read More »

Report: 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read

Report: 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency. The report found that 130 million are in ... Read More »

Palestinians celebrate death of Ariel Sharon

Palestinians celebrate death of Ariel Sharon

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been celebrating the death of Ariel Sharon. Crowds gathered to burn pictures of the former Israeli prime minister. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, people reacted with satisfaction to the news. “The world lost a butcher ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek executed

Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek executed

North Korea has executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a “traitor for all ages” who sought to grab power, state media announced early on Friday morning. Jang Song-thaek, previously one of the country’s most powerful men, was ousted last week in a spectacular purge. He was ... Read More »