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Rapprochement?: U.S. returns missing sculptures to India

The United States returned to India Tuesday three ancient sculptures that had fallen into the hands of traffickers, following a month of tense ties triggered by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. Relations between India and the United States were strained last month after authorities arrested Devyani…

Amnesty: Detainee transfers show ‘significant progress’ towards closing Guantanamo

The United States announced it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, its second release this week as President Barack Obama works to close the prison. Noor Uthman Muhammed, 51, and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, 52, were the last Sudanese prisoners at the US naval base…

U.S. considering trying Russian captured in Afghanistan while fighting for Taliban: report

The United States is considering putting on trial a Russian captured while fighting for the Taliban and now held near a US base in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday. The administration of President Barack Obama is considering using a military commission to try the man, about which little…

U.S. promises to end funding for overseas coal projects

The United States said Tuesday it would end most financing of coal projects overseas, taking a potentially significant step to curbing carbon emissions blamed for climate change. The decision puts into action a pledge in June by President Barack Obama to pursue more climate-friendly development policies. The World Bank, where…

In United Nations vote, 188 countries condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

A record-equalling 188 countries on Tuesday condemned the five-decade-old US embargo against communist Cuba in an annual UN General Assembly vote that signalled hardening opposition to US sanctions. Only Israel joined the United States in opposing resolution, the smallest number ever. Last year two allies voted with the US government.…

Federal official: Half of U.S. nuclear power comes from disarmed Russian warheads

Uranium fuel from 20,000 disarmed Russian warheads are generating about half of US nuclear power in a spinoff from a landmark disarmament accord, a top US official said Wednesday. But the deal under which 500 tonnes of Russian weapons-grade uranium has been used to light and heat American homes will…

U.S. launches colorful new $100 bill

The United States launches on Tuesday a new $100 bill that comes with, for the iconic greenback, a new touch of color, as well as special features to foil counterfeiters. In its first remake since 1969, the $100 banknote, which takes a key role in cash transactions worldwide, sports the…

Venezuela warns U.S.: We could throw all of your diplomats out

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the United States anew Wednesday, warning after he expelled three US diplomats in Caracas that the rest could be next. “First, I threw out their advance team working to destabilize the nation. Now if they push it with funny stuff, I will throw…

U.S. signs landmark U.N. treaty on weapons exports

U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration signed a UN treaty Wednesday to track exports of firearms and other conventional weapons, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms, accounting for 30 percent of the $90 billion global…

U.S. signs landmark United Nations weapons trade treaty

US President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday signed a landmark UN treaty regulating the $90 billion conventional arms trade, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms. The treaty would set up greater international guidelines to…

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