U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The U.S. president stated it is time to "cut loose the shackles of the past" after five decades of strained relations between the two countries.


France has 5,000 soldiers deployed in nearby Mali and C.A.R., and can ill afford more regional instability.

Female customers from Russia touch packaged iPhones during the sales launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones at the Apple Inc. store in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The devices generate more than half of Apple's annual $171 billion in revenue and precede a swath of other products, including new iPads and Apple Watch.

The tech giant says rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices for products.

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Upon the announcement of U.S. - Cuba relations, the door is open for telcos to prime the island for connectivity.

A man does morning exercises in Beijing on December 13, 2014. China's industrial output expanded at its slowest pace in three months in November, official data showed on December 12, with other key indicators also pointing to weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

Fat can be breathed out as well as burned off as you lose weight, say biochemists.

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