11 December 2013
Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro
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President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro(Photo: Chip Somodevilla,
Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday brought together - briefly - the
leaders of two long-estranged countries: The United States and Cuba.
President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the
service at which both spoke.
NEWS: South Africans mourn, celebrate Madiba
Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
By Malena Castaldi and Felipe Llambias
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalize the
growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social
experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug
A government-sponsored bill approved by 16-13 votes in the Senate provides
for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of
Obama poses for selfie with Cameron, Dutch PM at Mandela memorial service
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US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose
for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next
to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South
African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in
Johannesburg on December 10, 2013.
Police clash with protesters in Ukrainian capital
AP Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down
opposition barricades and tents set up in the centre of the Ukrainian
capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff
threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Several thousand police in riot gear used their shields to push back
protesters and successfully removed some of their tents and barricades.
Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama
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In this undated photo, actress Shannon Richardson poses for a photo, in
Texarkana, Texas.(Photo: Texarkana Gazette, AP)
DALLAS (AP) - A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced
letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Shannon Guess Richardson entered her guilty plea Tuesday in Texarkana,
Her attorney, Tonda Curry, has said the plea deal caps any prison sentence
at 18 years.