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Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:17 UTC

Francis instrumental in US-Cuba relationship process

Presidents Barack Obama of the United Stes and Raul Castro of Cuba agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with help from Pope Francis.

The first Latin American pope in history sent letters to Obama, Raúl Castro and brokered negotiations which ended up in Wednesday's announcement that both countries are to resume full ties.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:00 UTC

US, Cuba to resume full diplomatic ties

US citizen Alan Gross' release from Cuban prison for humanitarian reasons paved the way for full diplomatic ties to be restored. (Pic AP)

Presidents Obama and Castro finalize details over the telephone, make announcement. US restrictions require Congressional approval to be fully lifted. Alan Gross released. Other swaps ensue.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 20:21 UTC

OAS Celebrates “Historic Announcement” of Resumption of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and Cuba

The two leaders shake hands during the funeal of Nelson Maldela

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the “historic announcement” made by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the lifting of certain commercial restrictions and the beginning of new paths for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, among other measures.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 07:38 UTC

State Dept. document assuring Uruguay Gitmo inmates innocent disclosed

The former Guantanamo Bay inmates enjoying freedom in Montevideo.

Uruguayan president produces US-signed evidence to calm down opposition. Refugees adapting gradually to life in Montevideo.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 21:07 UTC

US/UK trained Brazil military in torture techniques; British were particularly sophisticated

The CNV says United States trained more than 300 military officers from Brazil at the notorious 'School of the Americas'

Officials from the United States and the United Kingdom spent years teaching members of the Brazilian military how to develop and improve their torture techniques during the country’s two-decade long dictatorship (1964/1985), it was confirmed this week by the National Truth Commission, CNV, report.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

US Congress passes 1.1tn budget which funds government until 09/2015

John Boehner, the Republicans' House leader said: “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

The US House of Representatives has passed a 1.1tn dollar budget hour before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday. The Republican measure passed by 219 votes to 206 after President Barack Obama had urged Democrats to support the measure.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 05:50 UTC

New US ambassador in Argentina sworn in at White House ceremony

The newly appointed ambassador next to Vice-president Biden and Argentine ambassador in Washington, Cecilia Nahon

Noah Mamet has sworn as new United States ambassador to Argentina during a ceremony held in the White House, together with US vice president Joseph Biden and Argentine ambassador to the US Cecilia Nahon.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:47 UTC

Report on CIA torture practices triggers political recriminations and security debate

Senators Marco Rubio and Jim Risch, issued a statement calling the publication of the report’s summary “reckless and irresponsible.”

The brutal details of the CIA’s secret interrogation methods described in a newly-issued report by a US Senate committee on Tuesday, triggered Republican lawmakers and CIA reaction against the document’s findings, insisting that the detention and rendition program produced clear results that helped to thwart attacks on US citizens and assets.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:35 UTC

US Congress votes sanctions on Venezuelan government officials and sends bill for Obama's signature

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro railed against the measure's “insolent imperialist sanctions” after it was passed by the Senate

The US House of Representatives passed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials found to have violated protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:29 UTC

Argentine argues before NY Appeals court the central bank is not an 'alter ego' of the administration

Holdouts said the Argentine Central Bank is liable for embargo due to its links with the President Cristina Fernández administration

Lawyers representing the Argentine government and the Central Bank have defended the country's stance on the debt conflict in a hearing with the New York Second Circuit Appeals Court, rejecting the notion that holdout investors could confiscate reserves or assets belonging to the financial entity.

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