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Fidel Castro dead at age 90

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Castro’s death – which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba’s future – seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.

November 26, 2016
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Saudi Arabia Isn’t Untouchable Anymore

In their long marriage of economic and military necessity, things haven’t been this icy between the United States and Saudi Arabia since 2001.

April 20, 2016

United States, Cuba To Resume Scheduled Commercial Airline Service

U.S. travelers still must meet at least one of 12 criteria to visit, such as being Cuban-American or taking part in educational tours or journalism.

December 17, 2015
A protester holds up an American and a Cuban flag in Miami, Florida on December 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Joe Raedle)

Despite Differences, U.S. And Cuba Make Positive Steps Toward Establishing Embassies

Get the latest on U.S.-Cuba negotiations.

January 23, 2015
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As Cuba And U.S. Mend Ties Will Venezuela Follow Their Lead?

President Obama’s agreement with Cuba has put Caracas in a bind.

December 19, 2014

U.S., China Announce Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Get the details on this monumental climate plan.

November 12, 2014

Obama Open To More Conversations With Iran’s Rouhani, Official Says

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau NEW YORK — President Barack Obama would be open to a repeat of last year’s historic conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week’s United Nations General Assembly session, a senior administration official said Thursday. Although no meeting is scheduled during the annual gathering, “the president of the United States […]

September 19, 2014

U.S. Climbs To Third In Ranking Of World’s Most Competitive Economies

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times The United States climbed to third in a leading ranking of the world’s most competitive economies, rising for the second straight year because of more positive views of the nation’s business climate, innovation capacity and strength of public and private institutions. The U.S. trailed only Switzerland and Singapore in […]

September 3, 2014

Germans Feeling Betrayed As Another U.S. Spy Probe Begins

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff BERLIN — News Wednesday that Germany is investigating new allegations that the United States bought secrets from a German official — the second such probe to become public in a week — delivered another blow to U.S.-German relations over what is now a year-old scandal of American spying on […]

July 9, 2014

Many U.S. Teens Lack Financial Literacy In World Study

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times The financial literacy of American teenagers is no better than average compared with their peers in other countries, and nearly one in five lacks basic proficiency, according to a new study. The report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development analyzed financial knowledge among 15-year-olds in 18 nations. […]

July 9, 2014

Airline On-Time Rates Fell In May

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune U.S. airlines posted worse on-time rates in May, and Chicago airports ranked last for on-time departures. U.S. airlines were on time 76.9 percent of the time, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. That’s down from 79.4 percent last May and 79.6 percent in April. Just […]

July 9, 2014

As China Cracks Down On Dissent, Activists Press U.S. To Raise Issue

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — With Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials in the midst of two days of meetings with their Chinese counterparts, human rights activists are urging them to elevate a topic that President Xi Jinping would rather dodge: his government’s increasingly harsh treatment of critics and […]

July 9, 2014

Marriage Equality: Coming To A State Near You

United States v. Windsor was a landmark decision. The U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling, which found the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional under the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, opened the door for states across the country to set out on their own in advancing marriage equality for all Americans. “The federal statute is invalid, for […]

June 23, 2014

Poll: Support For Warmer Relations With Cuba Grows In Miami Area

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade County support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba, with newer arrivals and the younger generation tending to lead the way in backing diplomatic efforts between the longtime antagonists. A poll by Florida International University released on Tuesday shows Cubans living in the Miami […]

June 17, 2014

German-Born Brooks Gives USA Memorable Win Over Ghana

Natal (Brazil) (AFP) – German-born United States defender John Brooks came off the bench to stun Ghana with a late winner in a 2-1 victory in Natal on Monday to put a huge dent in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists hopes of emulating that feat this time round. Clint Dempsey scored the opener after just […]

June 17, 2014

ISIS Takes Last Government-Controlled City In Northern Iraq

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control Monday of the last major city that had been held by the government in northern Iraq, forcing hundreds of families to flee for the safety of nearby areas controlled by Kurdish militias. ISIS’ capture of Tal Afar […]

June 16, 2014

U.S. Healthcare Ranks Last Among 11 Developed Nations, Report Says

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Despite having the costliest care, the United States ranks last among 11 industrialized countries on health care quality and access, according to a new report. The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund published Monday ranked the United Kingdom first overall, even though its per-capita health spending is […]

June 16, 2014

U.S. Ready To Discuss Iraq Crisis With Iran, Official Says

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau VIENNA — The State Department’s No. 2 diplomat arrived in Vienna on Monday prepared to discuss possible collaboration with Iran on dealing with the crisis in Iraq, according to a senior administration official. The official said Deputy Secretary of State William Burns flew to Austria to join international negotiations […]

June 16, 2014

Iran, U.S. Hold Direct Talks In Geneva For Nuclear Deal

Geneva (AFP) – Senior Iranian and U.S. officials were poised to hold direct talks in Geneva Monday aimed at bridging gaps on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program ahead of a July deadline for a deal. For the Islamic republic, the goal is to make a leap towards ending the international sanctions that have battered its economy. […]

June 9, 2014

Putin, Obama Hold Brief Meeting On D-Day Sidelines

Bénouville (France) (AFP) – Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin held informal talks Friday, diplomatic sources said, amid the worst crisis in ties between the United States and Russia in decades over the unrest in Ukraine. The pair exchanged brief comments while waiting to head into a lunch for world leaders held to mark the 70th […]

June 6, 2014

Germany Opens Criminal Probe Into U.S. Tapping Of Merkel’s Phone

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff BERLIN — Almost a year after news surfaced that the United States had been spying on German communications, Germany’s top prosecutor announced Wednesday that he has launched a criminal investigation into the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. “Let me be clear: Espionage is a crime in Germany regardless […]

June 4, 2014

White House: China Should Account For Tiananmen Victims

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — On the 25th anniversary of the crackdown culminating at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the White House on Wednesday called on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators. The tally of dead, injured, jailed, executed and missing […]

June 4, 2014

Taliban Release Video Of Bergdahl Hand-Off To U.S.

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau A Pentagon spokesman says defense officials “have no reason to doubt” the authenticity of a newly released video that appears to show the calm and peaceful hand-off of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by his Taliban captors to U.S. custody last weekend. The 17-minute video, released to […]

June 4, 2014

U.S., Israel Split Over Hamas Backing Of Palestinian Government

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — The inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by the militant Islamist group Hamas has opened a public rift between Israel and the United States over policy toward the interim Cabinet sworn in Monday by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The announcement by Washington that it would […]

June 3, 2014

Obama Seeks To Reassure European Allies Amid Ukraine Crisis

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WARSAW — Amid worries about a rise of Russian aggression, President Barack Obama landed in Eastern Europe Tuesday offering new reassurances and a show of military muscle aimed at keeping Moscow in check. Under drizzling morning rain, Obama was greeted at the airport by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on […]

June 3, 2014