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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of... more »»

 
 
 
Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation

December 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands... more »»

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

December 18, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after mor... more »»

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

December 17, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U. more »»

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of... more »»

A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US

December 17, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. more »»

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

December 17, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after mor... more »»

Key dates in US relations with Cuba

December 17, 2014

Key events in U.S.-Cuba relations:

— THE START: Fidel Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba on Jan 1, 1959. The United States soon recognizes the new government. more »»

Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy... more »»

Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

December 17, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. more »»

Haiti president meets with opposition amid unrest

December 17, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti President Michel Martelly met Wednesday with opposition leaders in a bid to stabilize the politically fractious country as pressure mounted on him to appoint an... more »»

Pope adds 2nd victim to sex abuse commission

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn... more »»

Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round

December 17, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament failed to elect a new president for the financially struggling country in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the... more »»

US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence... more »»

Irked Italy: marine too ill to return to India

December 17, 2014

ROME (AP) — Diplomatic tensions between Italy and India are rising after Italy said a marine who suffered a stroke while detained in India for a 2012 shooting death was too ill to be sent back... more »»

AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape

December 17, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. more »»

Verona's Arena to get $17.5 million restoration

December 17, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Verona's famed Roman amphitheater, home to one of the world's premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian government initiative to encourage private... more »»

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

December 17, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the... more »»

Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

December 17, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. more »»

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island... more »»

Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list

December 17, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy... more »»

 
 

Holiday on Ice December 20, 2014

The Lakemont Figure Skating Club will be performing a Holiday on Ice Show at Galactic Ice, Altoona, PA. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or can be purchased in advance from a LFSC member. For more information about our club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakemontFSC. more »

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