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Venezuelan President Calls Obama’s Outreach to Cuba ‘Courageous’

Cuba’s staunch Latin American ally approves of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the old foes

Housing Agency Squandered Chances for $692 Million in Federal Money, Audit Says

The city public housing authority missed opportunities to obtain the money by failing to follow up on its own plans to increase revenue, an audit found.

Sudan warns South Sudan against "hostile moves" by rebels in its territory

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's intelligence chief warned South Sudan against "hostile moves from its territory", saying any incursion by rebel forces based in its neighbour would be treated as an "assault" by Juba. In comments broadcast by a Sudanese news channel, Mohamed Atta named two camps in neighbouring South Sudan's Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and urged Juba to disarm the rebels there. Each side has accused the other of harbouring rebels seeking to destabilize the other, but tensions have spiked again since the collapse of African Union-brokered talks in the Ethiopian capital on Dec. 9. ...

Pakistani Military Strikes Back at Taliban Following Peshawar Massacre

Spokesperson says more than a dozen operations have been carried out since Tuesday

Board Backs Casinos in the Catskills, Near Albany and in Central New York

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s top initiatives took a step forward, as a state panel recommended the approval of resort casinos that are expected to provide thousands of jobs and new tax revenues.