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Fidel Castro Appears to Lend Support to Cuba Talks with US

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Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on Dec. 17 by his younger brother and Cuba's current president, Raul Castro, and President Barack Obama.

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China and Kenya at odds over suspected Chinese cyber criminals

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As China steps up pressure on Kenya to surrender 76 cybercrime suspects facing charges in Nairobi, some experts are warning the case could damage the two nations' thriving economic relationship. 

China has demanded extradition of the criminals, 76 Chinese and a single Thai national, after accusing them of cross-border telecommunication fraud and electronically swindling over 100 million yuan ($16.5 million) from Chinese victims. Chinese officials argue that because all of the victims are in China, the suspects should be extradited for further investigation and prosecution there.

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The liberation of Kobane and other signs of trouble for the Islamic State

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Is the Islamic State, the jihadi group that's become notorious for beheading and enslaving captives, in trouble? Recent news – from the murder of a Japanese hostage to reports that the group has been mostly driven out of the Syrian border city of Kobane – point in that direction.

The IS siege of Kobane began four months ago, putting to work a lot of the heavy weaponry IS fighters seized when the Iraqi military collapsed in the north of that country over the summer. The ethnic-Kurdish town ultimately drew military support from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish enclave and a coalition of international powers led by the United States. The coalition conducted dozens of airstrikes around the city, coordinating its efforts with its defenders, in an attempt to drive back the militants.

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Yemen Drone Strike Kills Three; US Embassy Suspends Service

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A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants on Monday, officials said, suggesting U.S. security operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country.

It comes a day after U.S. President Barack Obama defended counter-terrorism operations amid political instability in the country.

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Man Tells Police Drone Crash at White House Was Accidental

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A small drone crashed onto the grounds of the White House early Monday, prompting a lockdown of the complex while authorities examined it.

A man later came forward to say he was responsible, telling authorities he was flying the drone recreationally and accidentally lost control of the craft. Officials say the man is a Washington resident and is cooperating with law enforcement officials.

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Obama: America Can Be India’s Best Partner

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President Barack Obama said India and the United States are not just natural partners, but that America can be India’s best partner.

Obama capped his historic trip to India with a speech calling on both nations to come together to fight poverty, climate change and intolerance.

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Obama, US Delegation Arrive in Saudi Arabia

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U.S. President Barack Obama, leading a 30-member delegation, landed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet with new Saudi king and to pay respects following last week's death of King Abdullah.

Obama cut short the final day of his trip to India to make a four-hour stop in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, a key U.S. ally in the region.

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