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MarcoRubio-070115.jpg Angered by President Barack Obama's continued efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Tex., both pledged to block anyone the president nominates to serve as ambassador to the communist island nation.

obama1-070115.jpg Continuing efforts to normalize relations, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will re-open embassies in each country's respective capitals later this month. Obama described the move as a demonstration that the U.S. and Cuba don't have to be imprisoned by the past.

Trump-Bush-070115.jpg Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump top the list of Republican presidential candidates in a new CNN/ORC International poll, although both are well behind Hillary Clinton in potential general election matchups.

Vandals-070115.jpg The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to know who is cutting high-capacity fibre-optic Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cables have been damaged by vandals in eleven different locations over the past year. The latest occurred early Tuesday morning, affecting Wave Broadband customers on cables operated by two firms, Level 3 and Zayo.

HeathrowAirport-070115.jpg A government-appointed commission has unanimously recommended construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport as the best way to expand the UK's airport capacity. But the recommendation has met with fierce opposition from both inside and outside the government. British Prime Minister David Cameron will have to take the final decision on the controversial and sensitive subject.

Tuesday, the Government of Jordan closed on its offering of a total $1.5 billion in sovereign bonds guaranteed by the United States. These guarantees are part of a broader U.S. commitment to support Jordanian stability, security, and economic growth, U.S. Department of State said in a press release Tuesday....

As expected, Greece went past midnight on Tuesday to miss the deadline for the payment of EUR 1.6 billion or $1.7 billion to the International Monetary Fund, after several weeks of prolonged and protracted negotiations. The fallout comes after eurozone members stayed put and refused to extend Greece's...

christie-063015.jpg New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially kicked off his campaign for president at an event on Tuesday, joining an already crowded Republican field. Speaking at a rally at his former high school in Livingston, New Jersey, Christie declared he is ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.

jebbush-063015.jpg In an effort to underscore his commitment to transparency, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will release thirty-three years of his personal income tax returns.

Lee Wolosky has been appointed as the US State Department's Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure. Announcing the appointment Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said "Lee will lead our ongoing diplomatic engagement to make possible the closure of the Guantanamo detention facility in a timely manner,...

Obama1-063015.jpg Following several recent victories for the administration, the results of a new CNN/ORC International poll showed President Barack Obama's approval rating has reached its highest level in two years. The poll found that 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

LeapSecond-063015.jpg The last minute of this June will have 61 seconds in it, as an extra "leap second" is added to the official time set by atomic clocks, after a gap of three years. The mean solar day - the average length of a day, based on how long it takes Earth to rotate - is about 86,400.002 seconds long. As Earth's rotation gradually slows down due to gravitational forces and other influences, atomic time (UTC

The United States has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were implemented following Bahrain's crackdown on demonstrations in 2011. "While we do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate - as our statement on...

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met U.S. Secretary of State John KerryMonday to discuss the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries. The meeting in Vienna was part of the IAEA's continued engagement with P5+1 and Iran to help make a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action technically...

microsoft-layoff-063015.jpg Software giant Microsoft Corp. will cut 1,200 jobs as it shuts down its web display advertising business and hands the operations over to AOL Inc. and AppNexus Inc., Bloomberg reported Monday, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. Microsoft is closing the business as it plans to sharpen focus on key areas.

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